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Eggs are ‘backyard fresh’

One of the many chickens in the backyard of the Steffen house looks for more cracked corn on Thursday, May 30. The chickens produce up to a dozen eggs a day, sold to Mercer Islanders. - Megan Managan/Staff Photo
One of the many chickens in the backyard of the Steffen house looks for more cracked corn on Thursday, May 30. The chickens produce up to a dozen eggs a day, sold to Mercer Islanders.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Staff Photo

If you need the freshest eggs possible, this is the place to go.

At the Steffen house, on the corner of 86th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 46th Street, just across the street from the Mercer Island School District office, Islanders have probably seen the little blue sign announcing fresh eggs since earlier this spring. Those eggs come courtesy of the chickens roaming around the backyard of Windie Steffen’s house.

The urban farmer gets up to a dozen eggs a day from the chickens that have free reign of the yard, separated into groups by age.

“We had just a handful of chickens, we had baby goats that we were bottle feeding, but then they got too big,” said Steffen. She said the goats got a new home on a farm, and Steffen decided more chickens would mean more eggs, and then she could sell them.

“I get probably around a dozen on a good day,” she said. Right now customers stop by and pick up eggs as needed, running at $6 for a dozen. “There are a lot of people, mostly by word of mouth. There are sometimes more people than there are eggs.”

With a sign for farm fresh eggs right outside the driveway, which just happens to be on one of the busiest street corners on the Island, Steffen said a lot of her customers are moms doing the school route, or people going to the library, as well as neighbors.

The Steffen family moved to the Island a couple of years ago, she said, and having grown up on a farm, this feels like home, having chickens roam.

Steffen also has a large vegetable garden going, and she said she hopes to have a produce stand ready to go once things start getting ready. For now it’s just about the eggs, which keeps her and the family busy.

To place an order, contact Steffen at (206) 839-6296.


 

 

 

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