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Curtis Somerton

3rd Generation Egg FarmerMunn Poultry, Ocean Pond, NL

When Curtis’ grandfather started Munn Poultry Farm in Portugal Cove, NL, his goal was to produce great tasting eggs that would bring people to the breakfast table. Over the course of 50 years he didn’t just succeed in bringing Newfoundland and Labradorean families together; he brought his own family together as well. The family farm was relocated to Ocean Pond in 2004 in order to build a state of the art facility for future generations.

Today, Curtis Somerton, his wife Crystal and his mother Leslie all work together on the farm and understand the bonding power egg farming can have. “Even our employees are treated like family,” says Curtis. “We love how close knit we are.”

With such strong passion for togetherness, it’s no surprise the hens are considered part of the family. “Starting a flock of day old chicks, raising them to be laying hens and seeing what they produce—it makes us so proud.”

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Favourite Recipe - Sunrise Egg Sandwiches

Sunrise Egg Sandwiches
Curtis recommends these protein-packed sandwiches as a delicious start to one’s day, no matter whether it begins at sunrise or perhaps a little later.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients

3 tbsp (45 mL) light mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk (1%)
1 tbsp (15 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) grated lemon rind
4 eggs
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
8 slices multigrain, French or Italian bread

Instructions

Step 1

Place mayonnaise in small microwave-safe bowl; whisk in milk. Microwave on Medium (50% power) just until hot, about 45 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds. Whisk in Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and rind until smooth. Set sauce aside.

Step 2

Spray large non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat. Crack eggs into skillet. Break yolks with edge of spatula. Cook eggs to preferred doneness.

Step 3

Place tomato slices on 2 slices of bread. Top with fried egg. Spoon about 1 tbsp (15 mL) warm sauce over each egg. Cover with second slice of bread.

Notes

The Parmesan cheese sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated. When ready to serve, warm briefly in microwave on Medium-High (75% power).

Instead of sliced bread, use English muffins, kaisers or burger buns.

Nathan Dennis

1st Generation Egg FarmerLong Range Poultry Farm, Cormack, NL

When Nathan Dennis was 11, he wanted his own horse for passing grade five, but settled for his own chickens. He got two hens and a rooster. It was then and there that his love of poultry began. He couldn’t have guessed where he would be almost 20 years later because he didn’t get that horse.

Needless to say, he didn’t stop at a few birds. He added more each year until he reached a 99-bird flock, which he maintained at the family homestead until he started working full time at the dairy farms in Cormack, Newfoundland.

While living and working in one of the major agricultural areas in the province, Nathan was inspired to apply as a new applicant with Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador and sourced out a farm that needed some new life. He missed having his own flock. “I always had an interest in poultry, and I always liked the laying hens,” says Nathan.

The 29-year-old farmer was approved for a quota of 4,870 laying hens to start Long Range Poultry Farm in Cormack, an area of sprawling farmland nestled in the Humber Valley and sitting along the Long Range Mountains on the Northern Peninsula.

Nathan and the flock moved in to the renovated barn and are hard at work as the first commercial free-run layer farm in Newfoundland. When the birds have settled into their new home and are at full production, the Bovan Brown laying hens will produce close to 400 dozen brown eggs a day. “It’s always a challenge,” says Nathan, who collects the dozens of eggs three times a day, wading through the thousands of chickens who have free reign of the barn. “There’s never a dull moment.” He chose to operate as a free-run farm to fill a need he saw in egg supply in the province and enter a niche market.

“It’s not because I think free-run is better than any other operation,” says Nathan. “I think it’s something different and something the public wants.”

He’s embracing his new lifestyle as a farm operator, watching his eggs end up in grocery stores across the province. He is working closely with his two uncles to customize the barn further, creating new office space and systems that make the flow of production simpler and more efficient. “It’s not a fairytale,” says Nathan, but he can’t deny that farming has always been in his blood.

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Favourite Recipe - Moose 'n Eggs Quiche

Moose 'n Eggs Quiche
Although Nathan claims to enjoy his eggs in the simplest form cooked over-easy and served with toast and tea, he appreciates all eggs are delicious no matter how they are prepared.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 35-40 min

Ingredients

1/2 pound (.226kg) ground moose
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped onion
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) fresh basil
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) dried oregano
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) garlic powder
4 eggs
1/2 cup (125mL) milk
1/2 cup (125mL) mayonnaise
1.5 cups (375mL) shredded old cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (125mL) shredded parmesan cheese
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Instructions

Step 1

In a skillet, cook ground moose and onion until moose is browned and onion is tender.

Step 2

Stir in basil, oregano and garlic powder.

Step 3

In a small bowl, beat eggs, milk and mayonnaise; stir into meat mixture.

Step 4

Fold in cheeses.

Step 5

Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes at 350F (175C),or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Step 6

Let stand 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Salt and pepper to taste.