Have you ever eaten a blue egg?

In Austin, Texas, Vital Farms sells pasture-raised, organic eggs from Araucana hens (a heritage breed) that lay blue-shelled, extra-rich tasting eggs. We call them Austin Blues and we just received a flock of these adorable baby chicks last Friday. Right now they are so small, you can fit three in your hands! They are happy […]

To be or not to be: the politics of organic certification

Becoming a Certified Organic producer and supplier is a complicated process. As a general consumer, many of us are not aware of the implications and responsibilities behind an organic certification. Recently, there have been many debates about whether or not the certification is worth the cost and effort. Small family farms can have a tough […]

Vital Recipe: Cardamom Challah French Toast

Here’s a fun and flavorful twist on the traditional French Toast recipe! Cardamom, a dynamic spice plant native to Nepal and India, imparts an intense, sweet, and aromatic flavor to these toasts, that when combined with the richness of Challah bread, yields an out-of-this-world breakfast dish that will wow even your toughest culinary critic! Made […]

Kimchi & Chicken Fried Rice with a Fried Egg

Our CEO, Matt O’Hayer, was lucky enough to be interviewed by Elizabeth Winslow of Haymakers recently. (read the full interview here). Here is her totally delicious and seasonal recipe inspired by Vital Farms’ pasture-raised chicken and pastured, organic eggs. Happy weekend!   Inspired by Matt’s love of Asian flavors, we created this deeply satisfying kimchi […]

Who said you can’t eat salad for breakfast?

Our friend Pooja’s latest healthy recipe offering (using Vital Farms eggs of course) shows you how to eat seasonal greens and fruit for breakfast. Bon appetit! Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad w/Poached Vital Farms Eggs This recipe is a fresh and healthy take on the traditional breakfast, just in time for the New Year […]

Vital Farms & When You Wish Fundraiser a Success!

Dear Vital Farms Donors and Supporters, Thank you so much for your support of our first Vital Farms crowdfunding campaign. We raised nearly $27,000 that will be used to fulfill your rewards and to help a farmer begin to raise his hens outdoors. Though we did not meet our original financial goal, we are currently seeking a smaller farm […]

Coconut Spiced Pumpkin Bread recipe by Pooja Mottl

Coconut Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe and Photo by Pooja Mottl Here is a crowd pleaser that’s both healthier and tastier than most traditionally prepared holiday treats which tend to be loaded with refined sugars and creams. This unique pumpkin loaf is made from homemade pumpkin puree, unrefined coconut palm sugar, and freshly ground nutmeg and […]

Vital Farms: From tiny farm to national success (and our values never changed)

Vital Farms began in 2007 when our first organic hens were set loose on the pastures of our flagship farm on Onion Creek in Austin, Texas. Our goal then was simple, and it still is. Respect the birds and the land, and produce the highest quality, most delicious eggs in the world. While most producers […]

It’s not adequate to just vote with your forks

We had the opportunity to visit with Michael Pollan, the famed food and agriculture journalist and author on Thursday last week. Dorsey Barger, the woman behind HausBar farms, hosted a lovely and intimate gathering at her newly remodeled farm in East Austin, complete with libations from Tipsy Texan, pizza from Bola pizza and apps from […]

How does pastured farming work?

Photo by Jody Horton While much of the agriculture industry has migrated away from small-scale operations, the Vital Farms model has be successful. Outside of our base in Austin, our farm network is made up of independent, family farmers who are passionate about raising quality food, and who understand that our core farming principles make […]

What makes Vital Farms’ eggs special?

What makes Vital Farms Eggs special? 95% of the world’s laying hens live in cages. Most of them spend their entire lives like this, the floor of the cage less than the size of a standard sheet of printer paper. They are not allowed to see sunlight or even to stretch their wings.  Their cramped […]