Every Saturday, Sam Pincott travels some two and a half hours from Holbrook, NSW to the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra to sell his farm fresh eggs.
On 800 acres, Sam and his wife, Prue, run a herd of grass fed beef cattle and free roaming Isa Brown hens. 'Using holistic principles, we've incorporated both into a portable system,' Sam explains.
'The chooks follow the cows around the farm. They roost and lay eggs in portable sheds which we move onto fresh pasture twice a week. As the cows move out, the chooks move in. We also allow long recovery periods between grazing on each paddock, to ensure that there's always plenty of grass for the stock.'
The eggs are produced in a chemical free environment, no hormones or antibiotics are used.And the hens are guarded by two Maremma dogs, who live with them and protect them from predators.
Holbrook Paddock Eggs are great tasting, cracking fresh, with firm white, bright yolks and strong shells.
Helen and Dennis Smith started their little business at their property just north of Temora four years ago with just 20 hens. Now, they are hatching galore and have more than two and a half thousand free range chookies.
The result is a bountiful supply of beautiful fresh eggs which they sell at the Capital Region Farmer's Market; as well as the Double Shot cafe in Deakin; and IGA Temora and Grenfell.
Helen and Dennis kindly stopped to smile for this photo in between a steady stream of regular happy customers.
Visitors to the farm are welcome.
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.