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Virginia boy becomes egg entrepreneur

Kyle Green / The Roanoke Times via AP

John Baldridge, 13, holds a quail in the backyard of his home in Roanoke, Va., March 26. Baldridge, a student at James Madison Middle School, raises quail eggs to sell to a couple of local restaurants.

Kyle Green / The Roanoke Times via AP

John Baldridge collects quail eggs from a pen in the backyard of his home in Roanoke, Va.

Young people seeking ways to make a few bucks is nothing new, from paperboys and baby-sitting to mowing lawns and shoveling sidewalks.

But a Roanoke teenager who has taken an interest in urban farming cracked a new way to make money: raising and selling quail eggs.

John Baldridge's eighth-grade peers at James Madison Middle School probably asked for video games and electronic gadgets for Christmas. Not John; he requested quail eggs and an incubator.

-- Reported by Courtney Cutright of The Roanoke Times

Kyle Green, Rebecca Barnett / The Roanoke Times via AP

Left: John Baldridge holds freshly collected quail eggs. Right: The Ferguson Farm Spinach Salad with Edgehill Farms quail eggs at Local Roots restaurant in Roanoke, Va.