Pasture-Raised Alfresco Eggs Organic DozenVital Farms
Pasture-Raised Alfresco Eggs Organic Dozen meet the USDA’s Organic standards which means more than just a rubber stamp on the supplemental food that Vital Farms provide their ladies – it’s a complete system that applies across the whole farm – from the chicks they bring in to the wash that they clean the eggs with on their way out! And while Vital Farm's very first pasture-raised eggs were organic, and, to this day, they follow the tenets of organic farming on every one of their farms, not all their eggs carry the seal of Certification.
For the labels that do carry the seal, the only difference is in the supplemental feed that Vital Farm's provides them. Quite simply, because hens are omnivorous, and can’t survive on a diet of grass alone, they need to make a feed available that meets their very specific nutritional requirements. For Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Alfresco Eggs Organic this supplemental feed is the very best USDA Certified Organic feed that they can source. As such, it is free from GMO ingredients, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.
Scramble, fry, boil any which way to create a delicious meal or side dish with these nutritious and humanely raised eggs.
Pasture-raised eggs are simply the best eggs that you can find: Laid by hens that get to spend their days outside on fresh pastures – not cooped up in small cages or huddled by the thousands in cage-free barns. The eggs are simply better in every way. They taste better. They look better. They’re better for you. And the hens that lay them live happy, healthy lives as close to natural as is possible for domesticated animals.
With a space allotment of 108 sqft per bird on rotated pastures, the grass and bugs that our girls forage for form an essential part of their diet. Any less space than that is simply not enough for this to be true. So while you may see other farms claiming pasture-raising, without the Certified Humane shield, and the measure of space that’s required to carry that shield, it’s not true pasture-raising.
All the different terms on egg cartons – ‘free-range’, ‘cage-free’, ‘added this’, ‘added that’ – can be confusing and misleading, and Big Egg-riculture is more than happy to keep it that way.
But what we mean by pasture-raising is different. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Start with healthy, green, organic pastures. Sunlight and fresh air. This is where our hens live every day and spend all their time, foraging, dust-bathing, just doing regular chicken things. Every night we round them up (and you can imagine how much fun that is) and tuck them in for the night in barns or mobile units. Come sunrise, we open the doors and get out of the way so the girls are free to come and go as they please.