Do you remember when I shared my excitement about visiting Burnbrae farm? Well, the visit happened last week and it was beyond my expectations . I was looking forward to touching a chicken, learning about eggs and having some fresh air. I got all that and more!
Let me start the journey from the beginning. I took the train from Montreal to Brockville. It is a 2 hour train ride. One of the Burnbrae employees picked me up from the train station. While I was waiting for the other bloggers to come from Toronto, I had a nice chat with one of Burnbrae owners. He was so friendly and humble. Burnbrae is one of the largest egg farms in Canada and the owner took the time to chat with me. I loved that he was so down to earth, even though he’s the owner of such a well-known farm!
As soon as the other 11 bloggers arrived, we had a delicious meal prepared by Chef Seth. Check out this meal, doesn’t it look delicious?
After eating, we started the Burnbrae Farm plant tour. We were allowed to ask all the questions we wanted!
Highlights of my Burnbrae Farm Tour
- When I was planning my trip, I did not expect to visit such a high-tech plant. You know when you have some misconceptions: family business = not very developed. I was wrong. The plant had lots of machine from blood detecting machines, to grading machines and washing ones. I was really impressed!
- The plant could process 13,000 dozen in an hour. That’s a lot of eggs!!
- The eggs had trace-back eggs that could trace back to the plant (It is impossible to trace back to the chicken). The farm had 300,000 hens so I totally understand.
- Eggs are weighed and those that have blood (with the blood detector machines) are removed from the system. If you’ve ever cracked an egg and found blood in it, you know how fast it ruins your appetite. Burnbrae Farms takes extra care to make sure that doesn’t happen.
- There are 3 housing systems: conventional, free run and enriched. You can check the details on the Burnbrae farm website. The free run is very expensive to run as it requires more human intervention. I will stick to the conventional eggs.
- In North America, we wash the eggs. It removes a protective barrier and that’s why we need to refrigerate the eggs once washed. The other countries do not wash the eggs.
The Burnbrae family was so welcoming to us. They opened their home for us and we were spoiled with an exquisite dinner and an amazing view.
I had the chance to pet a hen and I was invited to ride a horse but I was too scared (or too chicken) to do so BUT I took a selfie (or felfie!) with the horse. (Don’t pay attention to that frizzy hair, I forgot my hair products at home)
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What Burnbrae Farm fact from my tour surprised you the most to learn?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms Blogger Farm Tour program as a guest of Burnbrae Farms. All opinions are 100% my own.