All our eggs come from pasture-raised hens. We start with natural pastures – pastures which are never treated with herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilizers – and regularly rotate them to keep them fresh and healthy. Of course, the natural fertilizer the ladies the leave behind certainly helps!
The girls are free to roam and forage as much as they like – we open the barn doors in the morning, and out they all go! We make sure there’s plenty of shade out on the pastures, and a ready supply of both clean, fresh water and our carefully formulated supplemental feed, but they’re free to come and go from the barn, and free to eat what they want, all day long.
Every one of our farms follows the same Certified Humane® pasture-raised standards, so the only real difference between our different labels is whether it Certified Organic, NonGMO Project Verified, or neither. The shields you’ll see below, which you’ll also see on our cartons, will tell you which it is.
For our Alfresco Eggs, we source the highest quality antibiotic-free feed available. These eggs have all the benefits of a pasture-raised lifestyle: they are tastier and more nutritious, but without the higher cost that is due to organic feed. If eating organic is important to you however, we suggest that you try our Vital Farms or Pasture Verde pasture-raised organic eggs.
‘Vital Farms Organic Eggs’
Pasture-raised USDA-certified organic Eggs
The USDA’s Organic standards mean more than just a rubber stamp on the supplemental food that we provide our ladies – it’s a complete system that applies across the whole farm – from the chicks that we bring in to the wash that we clean the eggs with on their way out! And while our very first pasture-raised eggs were organic, and, to this day, we follow the tenets of organic farming on every one of our farms, not all our eggs carry the seal of Certification.
For the labels that do carry the seal, the only difference is in the supplemental feed that we provide them. Quite simply, because hens are omnivorous, and can’t survive on a diet of grass alone, we need to make a feed available that meets their very specific nutritional requirements. For our Vital Farms Organic Eggs this supplemental feed is the very best USDA Certified Organic feed that we can source. As such, it is free from GMO ingredients, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.
Pasture-raised Non GMO Project-Verified Eggs
For our Lucky Ladies girls, we source the very best GMO- and antibiotic-free feed we can find. Though not USDA Certified Organic, this feed is NonGMO Project Verified, and these eggs contain all the benefits of a pasture-raised lifestyle: they are tastier and more nutritious, without the higher cost due to organic feed. If eating organic is important to you, please try Vital Farms or Pasture Verde pasture-raised organic eggs.