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Ted Esbenshade

“It’s from my farm to the store. It’s that fresh. We have trucks leaving here tonight that the eggs were laid this morning. They’ll be in the store tomorrow morning.”

Ted Esbenshade
Egg Farmer

Name: Ted Esbenshade
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Years farming: Since the late 1700s we’ve had family farming in this area, but I’ve been farming for 25 years.
My family: My wife is Mary and we have five kids. Allison is 20, Alex is 19, Olivia is 16, Alanna is 15 and Conrad is 13.
How I came to be a farmer: I was raised on a farm, so I grew up watching and working with my dad. After college I came back and joined the farm full-time.
The best thing about being a farmer: I really enjoy the variety of work, while also living and working together as a family.
My personal philosophy on farming: There’s a lot of pride in doing what we do. Whether it’s the corn, soybeans, wheat or eggs, we take a lot of pride in producing it every day.

Egg Production in Pennsylvania and the United States
  • Pennsylvania farmers produce the third most eggs of any state, behind only Iowa and Ohio, and are responsible for about 10 percent of all eggs produced in the U.S.
  • Whether white or brown, the color of the egg's shell does not affect the nutritional value or taste of an egg.
  • The best temperature to store eggs is 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A prepared cold egg dish should be kept at below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The best way to prepare hard-boiled eggs is by placing them in cold water in a pan and bringing them to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. Take them out and place them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Pickled beet eggs, a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, are simply hard-boiled eggs that are pickled in a solution that contains beet juice.

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