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, often sharing their small space allotment with up to 8 other birds. They are not allowed to see sunlight or even to stretch their wings.  Their cramped and dismal existence is […]

Pooja Guest Blog: Miso Ginger Soup with Red Chard and Vital Farms Eggs

Miso soup, an ancient fermented food of the East, is not only warm, earthy, and delicious, it’s packed full of healthful nutrients and beneficial bacteria – perfect for warding off sickness during those chilly Fall days! Add a Vital Farms egg for more protein. Sustainably raised eggs are considered Mother Nature’s “perfect food”!     […]

Flour: An Honest Bakery in Downtown Austin

One thing that has always been great about Austin is finding the hidden gems where you wouldn’t expect them. Flour is certainly one of them, a quiet artisan bakery located right where one wouldn’t first expect, upstairs from a thrash metal bar on Red River Street, the heart of Austin’s downtown music district. Hope Williams […]

Basil Avocado Salmon Breakfast Pita with Vital Farms eggs

Vital Farms is starting a monthly recipe collaboration with Pooja Mottl, a Natural Food Chef, Speaker, Healthy Lifestyle Coach and Vital Farms egg fan! Pooja is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She has taught cooking […]

Vital Farms in Dallas!

If you live in Austin or San Antonio, TX you may have tried our pasture-raised eggs and chicken in your favorite restaurants for over a year now. To the delight of chefs and diners alike, we’ve also expanded into the Dallas/ Fort Worth area in the last 6 months. On a recent trip to Dallas, we […]

Eating your way to personal freedom: VF attends the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference

Vital Farms had the chance to attend the 6th annual FARFA conference this Monday in Bastrop, Texas. The day’s speakers focused on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food, and we wanted to share some of their insights with our readers. Below are some of the discussions we found most interesting throughout […]

How the drought affects our farmers, food prices and the chickens you know and love

To say that the weather has been particularly unforgiving to farms in the past few years would be an understatement. Though some rain has brought relief to Texas, national conditions, by all accounts, are at their worst in about 50 years. In mid July, The National Climatic Data Center reported that 55 percent of the […]

Locally sourced, globally inspired: Snack Bar on South Congress makes us a treat with Vital Farms eggs

Above: Tamago Yoko: cabbage, leek and shrimp hash-cake, with Applewood smoked bacon, two Vital Farms eggs on top, wasabi aioli, sriracha, bonito and nori. Though Snack Bar’s been open for a few years, the chef and the menu have changed quite a few times. (Basically, the restaurant you visited a few years ago isn’t the […]

Vital Farms speaks to students at McNeil High School

Yesterday, I went to McNeil High School, at the request of their fantastic librarians, Amelia Bligh and Laura Glaser, to speak with students about the Vital Farms method of pasture-based farming.   A little background: 200 copies of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan had recently been handed out to students to read and share, […]

National Organic Standards Board votes unanimously for improved conditions for laying hens!

Matt O’Hayer, CEO of Vital Farms, just returned from Savannah, GA, where the National Organic Standards Board voted unanimously to require 2 square feet of outdoor space, with at least 50% vegetative cover, for laying hens. In addition, they increased the inside space requirement to 2 sq ft (up from 1.2 sq ft.). This was a […]