Free range eggs in Burton Leonard - with a little help from the Prince of Wales

PUBLISHED: 15:18 15 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:01 20 February 2013

Free range eggs in Burton Leonard - with a little help from the Prince of Wales

Free range eggs in Burton Leonard - with a little help from the Prince of Wales

What came first the chicken or the egg? Heather Parry investigates with the help of a local producer

What came first the chicken or the egg? Heather Parry investigates with the help of a local producer


In Ian Taylors case it has to be the chicken before the egg. At just five-years-old Ian was given a few hens and he has been fascinated with hens and eggs ever since. By the time he left school at 16 he was selling eggs in his home


village of Burton Leonard from the basket on his bike. He then went on to study animal husbandry at Askham Bryan College, near York and then launched his business at 20-years-old. The Princes Trust saw his potential and gave him a 1,500 grant and an interest free loan which enabled him to really get going.


Their support of this fledgling business was well placed and Ian has gone from building his first shed from plywood and recycled telegraph poles to more modern buildings as he increased the number of flocks. All his hens are free range (as anyone who has cycled down his lane will testify as they have a great knack of dashing across the lane, leaving traumatised cyclists in their wake).


The breed of hens that he has chosen are Bovans Brown and Dekalb Amberlink both varieties are great layers and are hens that know how to look after themselves.


All of that is interesting but the best bit is the flavour. The yolks are a deep orange rather than insipid yellow, and they are so fresh that the yolks stand up proudly in the centre of the thick white, which doesnt spread much. Good breeding, quality feed made from all natural ingredients without colour or antibiotics and great welfare in small flocks where the birds can easily roam wherever they like.


There are a million easy recipes using eggs they must be one of the most versatile ingredients in any kitchen. Eggs have also been classed as having superfood status because they are low in calories as well as being rich in protein and packed with vitamin D, vitamin B12 and selenium.


Something tells me that Prince Charles would be very pleased with his charities investment in Ian Taylors Free Range Eggs.


While Ian waits for The Royal Warrant, I will continue to enjoy his delicious free range eggs.

Heather Parry scours the county for distinctive products sold at Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Societys farm shop and restaurant in Harrogate.



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