i received our 'egg packet' in the mail today to apply for our egg license. in addition to the application and rules book, they sent about a dozen pamphlets on cooking with eggs, teaching kids to cook with eggs, nutritional info, etc, a calendar titled 'backyard biosecurity: keeping your birds healthy' (in both english and spanish!) that has pictures of chickens with newcastle's disease and avian flu and numbers to call immediately to report your sick chickens if they become so, a bunch of plastic crap with egg propaganda on them: a letter opener, a compact shaped like an egg with a sewing kit inside, a plastic food scraper?, a magnet that has a bunch of eggs on it depicting various moods (eggcited, poached, devilish, eggthusiastic...) and a little magnet to mark your mood, and a card to grade eggs when candling. i was appalled at all the extra crap i received in the packet. but most of all, i cringed at the final two sheets of paper: information on how to very quickly and easily sign your animal rights away by joining the voluntary NAIS program.
how sweet. sorry, i don't think i'll be participating. i'm already going to be 'on the radar' enough as it is getting this license but we've got so many eggs we need to do this to sell them.
they want to know how many cases we'll sell per year. well, perhaps i could give them an estimate if i knew how many eggs are in a case. unfortunately, that little tidbit was left out.
also, the application asks for my ssn. ugh. i guess i'm in this up to my eyeballs now.
i now have to create an invoice to give to businesses when i sell my eggs to them and a label design for our cartons. that should be fun.