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Pasture Raised Eggs

November 23, 2010

Some of our pasture-raised eggs

The family enjoying feeding time!

We have had lots of questions about why pastured raised eggs are more expensive, so we wanted to educate people on what the difference is. It is usually more expensive to do things the right way than take short cuts that may effect the end product. Think of it this way…you would spend $4.50 on a dozen eggs from us but $6 on one “value meal” at a fast food restaurant!

At our farms, we have exceeded the standards set in place by the government for “Free Range” by raising our hens on pasture at all times. By being free to roam the pasture, eat insects, and dust off in dirt, our hens are the definition of 100% free-range chickens. This is what sets us apart by truly making our eggs free-range eggs.

Some consumers confuse the concept of free-range eggs with pastured eggs. Many conventional egg supply companies encourage this confusion because consumers are sometimes willing to pay a premium price for products that they believe were harvested in humane and sustainable ways. However, the two terms are not synonymous. “Free range” eggs, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, must come from chickens that are offered access to the outside. Many commercial production companies provide this access in the form of a small door, which is opened a few times a day; however, used to being confined indoors, the chickens make no move to explore the outdoors. Pastured eggs, however, come from chickens that are raised on pasture, with mobile coops to roost in at night.

Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion Mother Earth News reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Their testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1/3 less cholesterol

• 1/4 less saturated fat

• 2/3 more vitamin A

• 2-3 times more omega-3 fatty acids

• 3 times more vitamin E

• 7 times more beta carotene

Come visit us at our Farms and see our happy birds in person! We have nothing to hide…

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