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Join Us This Saturday for Eggstravaganza!

Get ready for an eggstraordinary event at your local Whole Foods Market® this Saturday, March 23rd – it’s Eggstravaganza! From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. we’ll celebrate the versatility and deliciousness of eggs with samples and recipes of our favorite egg dishes, as well as a variety of fun events. Check out your local store’s calendar for more details.

Up for some yolking around? At 2 p.m. EST, our stores will host a Nationwide Chicken Dance! Our team members will take a crack at doing the chicken dance in all of our stores across the country. We’re aiming to break the Record Setter record for most people doing the chicken dance in a grocery store across the United States simultaneously. Join the fun and get those wings flapping!

Wondering why we’re so eggstremely passionate about eggs? Beyond the plate, we love where our eggs come from. We’ve partnered with egg suppliers large and small and can proudly say that all of the eggs sold in our dairy case and those used in our kitchens and bakeries are cage free – meaning the hens aren’t raised in cramped cages. Curious what those other labels on your carton mean? Check out this handy chart.


Label Says

What It Means

Cage Free

hens are not caged (we don’t sell any eggs from hens raised in cages)

Free Range

hens have access to the outdoors

Outdoor Based

hens live outdoors and have access to housing

Pasture Raised

hens have access to a pasture environment in a free-range or outdoor-based system


hens have access to the outdoors, are raised on organic feed, meet USDA Organic Standards

Omega-3 or DHA

hens are fed a diet supplemented with DHA and/or omega-3 essential fatty acids


roosters are raised with the hens


So now that you can rest assured knowing where your eggs come from, it’s time to cook them! Start with our foolproof recipe for Boiled Eggs, then double-stuff your plate with this spring-tastic recipe for Double Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Ham.

Looking for more egg recipes and inspiration for hosting springtime gatherings? Check out our Spring Entertaining Guide! In the meanwhile, we’d love to hear – what are your favorite ways to enjoy eminently edible eggs?

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Brian Runyan says …

My grandmother raised her own chickens, and told me never to eat an egg that was more than 10 days old. a friend of mine used to deliver eggs (years and years ago) he told me that eggs in ANY grocery store were about two weeks old when they are deliverd. Any truth to this today ? How old are the eggs ??

Brian Runyan says …

I just heard that Whole Foods Market will label GMOs by 2018... That is wonderful and my wife and I will return to shop at your store in 2018.

stephanie T says …

How much of an Eggcellent time will this be, but I will be out of town and I love eggs!

michelle says …

Are these chickens treated humanly too? I recently saw a post showing that although chickens are cage-free, they still are in crowed pens where plenty die of illnesses and over population issues. Also saw that the male chicks from egg farm are thrown away in the garbage alive :( Is this true?

Rick Shrader says …

thanks...eggs are the best. Rick

Jeff Williams says …

Very educational...now I know. Also I found out brown eggs and white eggs are no different. Eggcellent!!

Shell says …

Sounds eggciting, sorry couldnt help myself

thea schwartz says …

looking forward to the event

thea schwartz says …

Looking forward to this eggcelent event.

Andrea says …

Hard to believe WF is owned by a vegan. Pushing eggs is beyond belief. They are arguably the cruelest food per ounce there is. Cage Free doesn't mean a thing and WF knows that. It just means the hens are jammed into huge dark warehouses without cages. If you don't believe it, google it and see the footage. WF, why don't you promote the awesome egg substitutes that are available!?

Margarita says …

That's wonderful that Whole Foods is supporting cage-free chicken farms - I hope that these farms are also free range and organically fed - local farms would be best! :) Yes, I agree that you will get more of mu business if you label GMO products. Lastly, thanks for this fun event! Many people are beginning to rediscover the joys of raising backyard chickens in many upscale neighborhoods; I hope that Cobb will catch with the times soon!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MICHELLE - We have extremely strict guidelines for our animal welfare standards that you can read more about at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BRIAN - I would suggest following the expiration date posted on the eggs. According to food safety standards, fresh in-shell eggs can last up to 3 weeks in the fridge. This will reflect the amount of time listed as the expiration date on the package.