Spring has officially arrived in South Dakota, and Colman farmer Morgan Kontz is excited to celebrate Easter with her family before the hustle of planting begins. It’s one of her favorite holidays, filled with fun family traditions including coloring and hiding eggs.
“We paint a ceramic egg as a keepsake each year and dye eggs together as a family,” says Morgan. “The Easter Bunny hides the eggs while we’re at church. There are a lot of fun places to hide them on the farm, and the kids love discovering them.”
Whether they’re in a basket or on the table, eggs are a big part of making Easter memories. They’re also a great way to give your body a boost of energy. Just one egg contains about 15 percent of your daily intake of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which our bodies use to convert food into energy. They also have 6.3 grams of protein to build strong, healthy muscles.
South Dakota soybean farmers like Morgan play a big role in feeding the chickens that lay the eggs that are a centerpiece of Easter activities. South Dakota is the eighth largest soybean producing state in the nation, and egg layers in the state eat an average of 15,000 tons of soybean meal each year. They love it because it’s packed with protein and gives them the energy to lay about 700 million eggs annually.
Support local farmers like Morgan by adding nutritious and delicious eggs to your table or Easter basket. Below is a recipe for dying eggs that’s a twist on the traditional and sure to create some fun family memories.
Add eggs to your holiday menu with these easy and delicious recipes:
Dying Easter Eggs With Kool-Aid
- Hard boil the eggs: Put a layer of eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Let sit for 12-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water or set in fridge until you’re ready to color.
- Mix each Kool-Aid packet with about 2/3 to 1 cup of water.
- Pour Kool-Aid into different containers large enough to dip eggs so they’re completely immersed in water.
- Put an egg in the container and leave it in for at least 5 minutes to color. Leave in longer to brighten the shade. Use a spoon or a dipping tong to remove.
- Set on paper towel or place in carton to dry. Refrigerate to preserve for up to one week.