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Nature Fed Eggs

By Carly Price, March 8, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Carly Price

We love our producers, suppliers and vendors and we think most of them have some pretty interesting stories behind their products too. We’re sharing some of our favorites here in an ongoing series.

Nature Fed Eggs

At Nature Fed, the chickens always come first.

“That’s how you get better eggs,” says Marketing Coordinator Brandy Gamoning. “Our Nature Fed Eggs are Non-GMO Project verified, and the hens eat feed milled by our own family farms."

Nature Fed Eggs

They’re also only available at Whole Foods Market® and certified by Humane Farm Animal Care. This ensures that in addition to being cage free, the hens are provided with perches, nestboxes and scratching areas so they can engage in natural behaviors. They are never fed antibiotics or added hormones.

The hens that lay Nature Fed eggs are raised and cared for by a network of small, family-owned farms in Illinois. Farms within the same community also mill the chickens’ Non-GMO Project Verified feed.

Chickens

“We carefully choose farmers who take a holistic approach,” Brandy says. “Caring for the land is everything to them, and they view caring for animals as part of the same mission.”

What do you love about Nature Fed eggs?

 

 

Category: Supplier Stories

 

26 Comments

Comments

Rosie says ...
These are great eggs! I've had a few chickens and I babied and adored them - they are so cute! You know if you have these eggs, that the chickens have a good life - like they should!!! And feeding my chickens well made the best eggs. After you have been spoiled with eggs like this, you will never want to eat another "factory" egg from the grocery store.
03/08/2013 4:10:10 PM CST
Talitha McEachin says ...
Awesome! My mom now owns three chickens who haven't started to lay eggs yet but will be soon. These are the only type of eggs I will buy.
03/08/2013 7:49:51 PM CST
Sara says ...
Sounds like a good option, but not sure if this is just good marketing... Are these eggs organic? If the are not certified organic, are the chickens fed any growth hormones or antibiotics? Where do the baby Chickens come from? Are they born/raised on the farms? What happens to the male Chickens that can't lay eggs? I've read horror stories about the egg industry and the common practice of immediately killing the baby males because they cannot produce eggs. It's frustrating not knowing which companies are safe and which follow these practices. Thanks in advance for any additional information about the eggs.
03/14/2013 10:54:33 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SARA - Thanks for your questions. The eggs are not given any antibiotics or added hormones as that is a key proponent of our Quality Standards guidelines. The eggs are not certified organic but they are certified through the Non-GMO project verification program. To answer your further questions, I would suggest reaching out to the vendor directly. You an find their contact info at http://www.naturefedeggs.com/Contact.html.
03/14/2013 4:19:06 PM CDT
WENDY says ...
These eggs ACTUALLY taste like EGGS! i tried so many different brands! i buy them @ whole foods, they only have white eggs, but very good!
03/15/2013 6:01:21 PM CDT
Elena Griego says ...
Do you sell any eggs that come from strictly grass-fed chickens? Is that even possible? I just know the benefits that grass-fed beef has and was wondering if hens can have the same diet.
03/16/2013 1:54:09 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELENA - Grass-fed eggs are possible! They are definitely in limited supply so check with your local store to see if they carry any options!
03/18/2013 1:37:11 PM CDT
BEN HASSEL says ...
I have noticed the quality difference in Whole Food products......Thanks.
03/24/2013 4:09:27 PM CDT
Kim says ...
Are these chickens fed anything with soy? I'm looking for soy free eggs. It says not a GMO but chickens fed GMO soy would still have GMO eggs.
04/06/2013 6:54:27 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KIM - While soy is a high risk GMO crop, being Non-GMO certified does not mean that it is void of soy, but means that if they were fed anything, it is non-GMO verified feed. Their website states that the chickens are fed "vegetarian feed" and does not say that it is soy-free. Most vendors will list "soy-free" on their packaging. Check with your local store to see if there is a vendor available in your region!
04/09/2013 1:49:56 PM CDT
cdilisio47 says ...
I'm looking for local farms in west palm beach, Florida who I can obtain these great eggs from. Can you help? Thank you in advance. Charlie
05/09/2013 9:48:08 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CDILISIO47 - Our products can vary between stores and regions. I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what local eggs they carry. Let them know you are interested in the eggs mentioned in this post and they can check if these are available in their region to order!
05/13/2013 11:14:52 AM CDT
Cindy says ...
I love the fresh taste of Nature Fed eggs.GMO free eggs are hard to find.Thank you for caring about what we feed our family and friends.I was so excited to see that Whole Foods carried this great product.This means so much to me,when feeding my family.
06/29/2013 4:03:46 AM CDT
Raj says ...
I am a vegetarian and have never tasted any kind off meats or fish. I am now including eggs into my diet. I have had Dairy products such as Milk and Cheese and its very comforting to now that we have 100% organic NON GMO eggs. Thank you I will stick to this brand from now on
02/13/2014 8:12:41 PM CST
Sherrie says ...
Looking for pasture raised, organic eggs that are non-soy. Have any?
04/26/2014 6:56:53 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHERRIE - Since our products differ, check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
04/28/2014 1:17:29 PM CDT
Shuangping says ...
Why doesn't Whole foods carry nature fed eggs anymore? Very disappointed. Where else can we get them in Bay Area, California ?
04/29/2014 12:16:33 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHAUNPING - To my knowledge we are still carrying these but it can differ between stores. Were you able to check with the store if they were possibly out of stock? If they confirmed they are no longer carrying this, I would suggest reaching out to Nature Fed directly at http://www.naturefedeggs.com/Contact.php.
04/29/2014 2:43:42 PM CDT
David Edward says ...
You people are so dumb. I would bet my life that you couldn't tell the difference between an organic and a factory egg. Yet you are willing to pay quadruple the price. Believe me, the farmers will gladly take your money yet laugh at you as to how gullible you really are. Animals we're put on this Earth to use and not abuse. If a baby egg laying strain is a cockerel than it should be killed as it's meat yield will be awful and a waste of feed. Animals DO NOT have souls people. I am a farmer and take good care of my animals but I also realize they are here to serve us not the other way around. Wake up!
05/01/2014 1:12:21 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAVID - I can't speak for everyone commenting on this blog post but, personally, I can definitely notice a difference in the eggs. Even the color of the yolks will differ between a conventional egg and an organic option. We have a wide range of customers and we want to make sure that those customers that choose to eat meat products, have the information they want as to how the animal was treated.
05/01/2014 2:27:32 PM CDT
Paul Zendzian says ...
What is in the non-gmo feed? grass, corn, other?
05/05/2014 3:18:57 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PAUL - They are fed a local vegetarian feed that is non-GMO verified. To find out exactly you can reach out to Nature Fed Eggs at http://www.naturefedeggs.com/FAQs.html.
05/05/2014 5:20:12 PM CDT
Duane Chandonia says ...
My wife and I have a five acre farm which is located about 20 miles northeast of Naples, Florida. We are in the process of raising hens and are focusing on producing free range eggs. Our hens have pasture and are being raised to the specifications which you advertise for the eggs which you retail. We are interested in becoming a supplier of eggs at the wholesale level and I am wondering if you would be interested in exploring our little farm and possibly purchasing eggs from us. Our intention is to maintain approximately 500 laying hens. Thank you.
05/12/2014 3:25:18 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DUANE - This is a blog post about Nature Fed Eggs. I would suggest reaching out to them directly at http://www.naturefedeggs.com/ to talk to them directly about wholesale.
05/12/2014 4:42:35 PM CDT
jack says ...
Which brand non-GMO eggs are feed marigold flowers. It has lutein & Zeaxanthin which very important for me in reversing my caterac & return my vision. By the way , it makes Yolk more Yellow to prove its presents. Thanks for HELP !!!
06/21/2014 6:48:29 AM CDT

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