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Online map highlights sources of fresh eggs in Seacoast NH

EXETER – Necessity is the mother of invention and for Exeter resident Kris Doane that necessity was fresh eggs.

“We love fresh eggs. At any given time, we’ll have two dozen, one fresh, one boiled,” said Doane, whose family includes partner Nicole, son Alex, 15, and daughter Katrina, 12.

But it wasn’t just a love of fresh eggs in general that led to Doane’s invention, Fresh Eggs of the Seacoast Area at bit.ly/seacoast-eggsan interactive egg finder, it was his son Alex’s need to make his favorite dish.

“Alex really likes to make this dish, a classic Chinese dish with eggs and tomatoes and he will only use fresh eggs. So we needed more fresh eggs. We were stopping at a stand at the edge of the road but then I forgot where they are. We had been to Brookvale Pines Farm in Fremont and they have great eggs but it wasn’t as convenient. Thought it would be nice to know where are all fresh eggs. Then I thought, ‘I’m going to make a map’ and if I ask people and share it, I’ll also get community resources.”

Left to right, Katrina, Kris and Alex Doane prepare a dish of eggs for breakfast at their home in Exeter on Friday July 15, 2022. Kris created an online map to search for fresh eggs for the Seacoast accessible to everyone.

On June 24, Doane used Google Maps to create his map, where local egg seekers can see both a list of roadside stands, farms and stores, and those locations pinned on a visual map, an idea he has used before.

“It started with garage sales. I would make a map and list all the places we wanted to go and plan the morning. I knew I could share the map. You can also change the default view and see routes,” Doane said.

He then set out to tap into these community resources.

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“I joined every local Facebook page I could find – the Hamptons, Fremont, Stratham. I just copy and pasted my post on the map. The Exeter community forum page pinned the post to the top “, did he declare.

The news spread quickly. As of July 8, the egg map lists 82 roadside stalls and farms, and nine shops selling fresh eggs, and has had more than 4,337 views.

“We list the local family cooler with eggs at the end of the road and small family farms, people who have chickens in their backyards. A number of them also have vegetables for sale and I tried to add that,” Doane said. “There are also families who don’t always have eggs, so they said I could put their phone number to call ahead.

Alex Doane prepares an egg dish with fresh eggs for breakfast at his Exeter home on Friday July 15, 2022.

In at least one city, egg vendors need to be a little tight-lipped about egg exposure.

“In Kingston, we don’t leave eggs out for people to pick up and pay for because there’s been an egg thief. You have to ask,” he said.

Doane said he doesn’t drive around the area looking for new egg sources to add, but relies on the community to send him information, getting most of his leads from Facebook. Still, there’s the occasional sighting on the go, and egg spotting has become a bit of a family pastime.

“We were out on the weekend and walked by a place and my girlfriend said, ‘Are they on your map? “”

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Doane said he’s seen and tried all kinds of eggs with differences in size, color, and flavor, priced at $3 to $5 a dozen, and all with that great flavor you can only get. when the eggs are fresh.

“Because they’re fresh, always ask if they’ve been washed,” he said, “If you don’t wash them, you can leave them out of the fridge.”

So what is taken away? When a hen lays an egg, she creates a coating on the shell called the egg cuticle, aka “egg bloom.” The coating protects it from bacteria, allowing the chicks to thrive. Unfertilized, unwashed eggs will stay fresh longer, both because they are protected from outside contamination and because the layer keeps them moist.

Commercial eggs like those found at the supermarket are also pasteurized to kill bacteria, but should always be stored in the refrigerator. Fresh, pasteurized eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. If unwashed, fresh eggs from a roadside stall or local farm can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks. Washed eggs should be stored in the refrigerator.

Kris Doane has created an interactive online map of all the places you can buy fresh eggs around the coast.

The rapid growth of the list of egg sources and the increase in views mean fresh eggs from the Coastal region will likely continue to grow and Doane said he might need some help.

“I would like to find people to help me maintain it. I’m more of an ideas guy than a manager, so I’ll need people to help me with the interview,” he said.

To access Seacoast Area Fresh Eggs, go to https://bit.ly/seacoast-eggs. To volunteer to help maintain the map or to submit a list of a source of fresh eggs, email Kris Doane at kris.doane@gmail.com

Alex Doane prepares a dish of eggs for breakfast at his Exeter home on Friday July 15, 2022. His father Kris Doane has created an online map where you can find fresh eggs for sale around the coastline.

Prepare Alex Doane’s favorite tomato and sautéed egg recipe.

Fried tomatoes and eggs

By Alex Doane

This dish of scrambled eggs and tomatoes is common in China, including Shanghai, where Alex was born. Shaoxing rice wine is optional, but adds some depth of flavor. You can substitute a dry sherry to mimic the slightly sweet flavor of wine.

Ingredients

Egg mix

  • 4 large fresh eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine, optional
  • 3 dashes of ground white pepper

Tomato mix

  • 8 oz. fresh tomato, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil

directions

1. Break the eggs into a bowl and use a pair of chopsticks or a fork to beat the eggs. Add salt, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine and ground white pepper. Beat and stir to mix well.

2. Heat a wok with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Add the egg mixture to the wok and use your spatula to spread the eggs. Keep stirring until the eggs form lumps. Gently break the lumps into small pieces. As soon as the eggs are slightly cooked, unmold and set aside.

3. Clean the wok and heat it again with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil. Add the tomato wedges to the wok and stir quickly. Add the sugar and water to the tomatoes. Cover with the lid and cook for about 30 seconds. Transfer the eggs to the tomatoes, brown for 30 seconds, unmold and serve immediately.