Often in our communications with customers, we focus on the quality and uniqueness of our pasture-raised organic eggs. We describe the lifestyle our birds enjoy and the importance of environmental stewardship. This week, we want to focus on another aspect of our sustainable business model: the importance of, and our commitment to, our farm workers and staff. Even […]
Want to know what happens to our eggs between the farm and your grocery store? Here’s a sneak peak into the washing and packaging of eggs at our South East Austin, TX distribution center. Enjoy! 1. Eggs arrive directly from the farm in milk crates. 2. Eggs are given an initial rinse. 3. Eggs are […]
Here’s a sad fact: Most of the conventionally, and even organically raised hens in the US never see the light of day, or a single blade of green grass in their entire life. In direct and intentional contrast to these inhumane conditions, Vital Farms chickens are pasture-raised and Certified Humane ™, in addition to USDA certified organic. Our number one goal is to embody responsible animal husbandry and the highest quality food production.
The Cornucopia Institute, the leading proponent of ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food, highlights Vital Farms for our exemplary management practices as an egg producer that is truly “beyond organic.”
Job number one on our farms is to ensure the well-being of all our girls. Sometimes there’s more to that than you’d think. Take it directly from Robert, who recently had to deal with an unexpected guest on our farm!
The spring edition of Edible Austin has a terrific feature on our Austin farm! Thanks to Marla the editor and David the author for such a great write-up. We’ve never heard such a unique take on our mobile-chicken-units: http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/editorial/editorial/552?task=view
Check out our videos of the farm – one from Whole Foods and one homemade!
Robert is our resident farm manager and a real thought leader in the art of pasture-raising hens. From time to time, he’ll be providing farm updates and answering frequent questions we get concerning pasture-raising. With the rough winter we’ve had, many people wonder how the birds handle cold weather. Here’s Robert’s take:
A lot of people ask me if the cold weather is bad for the hens, since they live mostly outside. They actually do quite well in the cold, as long as they have a way to stay dry and sheltered…
“I have just recently found your eggs at Whole Foods in West Bloomfield. I am so grateful I have FINALLY found eggs from humanely raised hens. Thank you, for your concern for the chickens, as well as the environment.”
“Mom always makes me do the deviled eggs for Thanksgiving. This year, looking for a non-factory-farm, ethical source, I bought your eggs from Whole Foods in Arlington…”
We really appreciated this Time magazine article from August 2009, Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food. It details many ways in which the American food consumer faces an uphill battle in finding solid nutrition, and how our food industry provides cheap food, but at an enormous cost.
Our thanks to the Austin Food Journal for mentioning us in their post about their trip to the Farmers’ Market: http://www.austinfoodjournal.com/?p=3796
“My wife and I were just talking about how great it would be to have eggs and milk delivered to our house. But, decided that someone probably passed some law that makes it…”