It’s spring in the country – finally!
The south wind is blowing, the laundry is on the clothesline, the birds are singing outside my window, and my refrigerator is full of eggs!
Our chickens go into a molt during the cold dark winter months. They loose their feathers and stop laying.
And I have to <gulp> buy eggs. Colorless, tasteless, store bought eggs.
Then as the days grow warmer and the daylight increases, the chickens slowly start laying again.
The first fresh egg of spring is an Occasion with a capital O! The bright yellow yolk just smiles at you from the skillet!
But as the daylight continues to increase, so does the egg production. One dozen a day, then 2 dozen.
We have eggs for breakfast, lunch and supper.
We pull out all the egg recipes: angel food cake, pudding, egg casseroles, egg-chiladas.
My refrigerator is now full of eggs. We can’t keep up. It’s time to start selling.
We’re not the only ones, all over the countryside you see the hand-printed “Eggs for Sale” signs at the end of the farm lane.
It’s a sign of spring in the countryside and for a little while, we country folks feel very rich!