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  • Eggs all day

    Little Sprouts Farm in Sams Valley is a family affair, and eggs are part of every meal
  • Chickens came before other animals — sheep, goats, pigs, ducks and turkeys — on the Salch family's Sams Valley farm.
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  • Chickens came before other animals — sheep, goats, pigs, ducks and turkeys — on the Salch family's Sams Valley farm.
    And eggs — eaten at every meal — came before most other foods when the Salches made drastic dietary changes to improve their children's health.
    "We basically created an entire farm just to feed our own family," says Dave Salch.
    Three years since the genesis of Little Sprouts Farm, eggs remain one of its most important products, available for purchase by farm members and delivered directly to their doorsteps. Priced at two to three times of grocery-store counterparts, the virtues of Little Sprouts eggs are almost too numerous to list on a label. Among them are: organic, pasture-raised, heritage-breed, soy-free, fertilized and unwashed.
    "Our eggs are all of the above," says Salch.
    Consumed at the Salch home in daily quantities of seven to 10 dozen, eggs dress salads, thicken soups, enrich raw milk for eggnog and, of course, constitute much of every morning's breakfast. Eggs, particularly yolks, from pasture-raised hens are a key component of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, which the Salches have followed for about three years. Devised by British neurologist Natasha Campbell-McBride to treat neurological and psychiatric patients, GAPS also is used to boost the body's gastrointestinal and immune systems.
    "We're realizing some tremendous benefits from this diet," says Salch. "Eating good food and letting the body heal actually work."
    A 50-year-old "computer guy," Salch says he thought his family previously ate well because they purchased whole-grain breads and other mainstream foods billed as healthful. But when their children started ailing shortly after moving to Southern Oregon five years ago, Salch and wife Brenda wouldn't accept prescription medications for autism spectrum and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders as their only option.
    While researching causes of tooth decay, the Salches connected with the Weston A. Price Foundation's local chapter. The foundation's emphasis on home cooking from scratch, including with plenty of high-quality fats, caused the Salches to take a closer look at the commercial food supply and make a disheartening discovery.
    "The more we learned about it, we realized we can't buy food in the store," says Dave Salch, explaining that meat was most problematic, either because it was nutritionally compromised or the animals suffered inhumane treatment.
    "Traditional farms is where you can create good food."
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