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June 3 is an EGGcellent day in Arkansas! According to the United Egg Producers, in 2020, the industry was responsible for as much as $334.76 million in total economic activity throughout Arkansas, creating or supporting as many as 1,137 total jobs. Yes, National Egg Day is a thing, and we have five fun ways to celebrate.
If you are going to recognize National Egg Day, then you must know a few egg facts. Did you know Arkansas produced 3.8 billion eggs in 2020? On average, there are over 300 million eggs produced in Arkansas each month, and that isn’t even counting all the backyard farmers harvesting their own eggs! That is a lot of eggs. Eggs are important for health because they contain the highest quality protein you can buy. After all, it has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissue. Another egg perk is that egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of vitamin D. So, grab your eggs and eat up!
You can’t properly celebrate National Egg Day without mentioning how awesome our Arkansas 4H program is. Arkansas 4H provides opportunities every spring for the 4H Youth of the state to participate in the poultry chain. Each child who participates receives several chicks that they are responsible for growing to maturity. After the kids receive their chicks in March, they can harvest their own eggs in the fall. This is a great way to get children involved in learning about agriculture in Arkansas. Did you know that individuals in Arkansas can legally sell their farm-fresh eggs? If you have recently become a backyard farmer or have a child that participated in the 4h poultry chain, check out this link from the Arkansas Agriculture Department and find out all the rules and details for selling your very own farm fresh eggs. I love seeing kids around the state taking care of their chickens and working on a business plan too!
Take national egg day as an opportunity to try something new. If you do a quick Google search, the ideas for how to use eggs in a recipe are endless! These awesome bacon cheddar deviled eggs will be the perfect addition to your menu for National Egg Day.
If you need any new fancy equipment to make a new recipe, try picking it up at eggshells kitchen co., an Arkansas store with some EGGCELLENT kitchen equipment (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
For our new recipe to try in my family, I had my kids make an egg custard for dessert from our backyard farm fresh eggs. The dessert was a success in its application, but maybe not a dessert we would want to eat every day.
But, the real winner was making this egg bites recipe from an Arkansas blogger for a quick on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings.
If you want to take the recipe activity a step further for some fun, get some friends together and have an egg recipe contest OR if you aren’t the competitive type, how about just an egg recipe taste testing night. It is unconventional and could be a fun way to make some memories with family and friends!
I love the Arkansas Library System. Our weekly library haul is usually 30 books or more! Whatever “theme” we are learning or doing, we go on a treasure hunt and get as many books as possible. To celebrate egg day, we did the same thing.
We spent an entire week reading egg storybooks and books with egg facts. I recommend “Rechenka’s Eggs” by Patricia Polacco, “Egg Story” by Anca Hariton, “First the” by Laura Seeger, and “The Donkey Egg” by Janet Stevens. The four books combined give you a great mix of science, humor, and history.
You can’t read egg books and have an egg day without doing some kind of egg craft. If you missed dyeing eggs at Easter, then no worries! Here’s your chance to redeem yourself. We didn’t dye eggs for our craft, though. Old Babushka, known throughout Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs in the book “Rechenka’s Eggs,” inspired us to draw on eggs and make our own masterpieces!
We couldn’t just stop at one activity, so we had to do another. I can’t imagine having National Egg Day without trying the egg drop experiment. The kids got together with their friends and built contraptions to see if they could drop an egg from the top of a building and it not bust.
And who can pass up a good ole egg and spoon race in June?
So, there you have it! A whole day planned. On June 3, be prepared to try a brand-new egg recipe, read egg books, tell a friend some Arkansas egg statistics, and make sure to do an egg craft and have a spoon and egg race!
Happy Egg Day!
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