If you’ve lived in American metropolitan areas over the past decade or two, you’ve probably heard of Trader Joe’s “Two Buck Chuck”–a decent bottle of wine for an unbelievable $1.99 in the state of California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Shaw_wine).
We sold our first eggs Tuesday morning to one of Ron’s co-workers at the co-op where he is a super worker (2-hour shift in exchange for a 17.5% discount on non-sale and non-basic items). And no, no cape necessary to be a super worker.
Three dollars for one dozen organic, free-range eggs laid by our chickens Caroline, Daisy, Ella, Heidi, Nony, and Pippi. Hence, three buck chick.
We’re hardly going to get rich. After all, Ron ran some quick numbers a month or two ago after the chickens went through their large bag of organic chicken feed rather quickly. We think it costs about $2.50 per dozen to feed the chickens in winter when they get little to no supplementary food from wandering around the orchard and garden. Thus, if we were lucky, we made $0.50.
Nonetheless, the three single bills went into the box with the mail key. We’re going to save up and buy sandwiches at our local market (www.brooktonsmarket.com) with our “egg money.”
The three buck chick program is not exactly going to pay for retirement, but the fresh eggs are delicious, we no longer pay for eggs at the farmers’ market or co-op, and we have extra so why not sell them.