NY foodies lament NJ ostrich egg shortage

July 5, 2011 4:36:30 AM PDT
If you've got a hankering for an ostrich-egg souffle, you may be out of luck.

The Wall Street Journal says local ostriches are behind on their egg-laying.

The Journal says the hens won't produce eggs without steady sunshine. That's bad news for greenmarket shoppers and restaurant-goers.

Todd Appelbaum owns Roaming Acres in Andover, N.J., the only ostrich farm in the New York City area.

He says the "picky" birds got a late start this year because of the spring weather.

Notes Appelbaum: "Ostriches can be divas."

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