About Vital Farms
Keeping the birds on fresh pasture is a labor-intensive process. Regular rotation also keeps our pastures resilient and the birds full of green nutrition. All of our pastures are certified organic, so of course we never use any chemicals or pesticides, but depend on natural growth. While a hen can live on grass alone, chickens do require a feed ration to facilitate egg production. We source the very best organic feed we can find, which is certified organic and free from GMO corn, hormones, and pesticides. The life our hens enjoy is designed to promote their natural instinctive behaviors. Roaming, foraging, and living outdoors is how hens were designed to spend their time. Our birds are also certified organic from day one, and receive no antibiotics, ever.
Location: Austin, TX (Onion Creek)
Distance from in.gredients: Roughly 14 miles
Delivery to in.gredients:
Organic pasture-raised chicken eggs: More people are becoming aware of the benefits of eating meat and poultry that come from grass-fed animals. Cows, pigs and chickens were all meant to graze. Since we are what we eat, we are what these animals eat.The grasses consumed by pastured birds contain many vitamins that simply aren’t supplied by corn-based feed. As a result, the eggs these hens produce are superior in nutrient content. These nutrients are enhanced by the outdoor lifestyle our ladies enjoy, which is cleaner, less stressful, less competitive, and full of Vitamin D courtesy of the sun.
A study conducted by Mother Earth News in 2007 compiled the nutrition contents of pasture-raised eggs from farms across the country. In comparison to a conventional egg, pasture raised eggs contain:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more Vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more Vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
An update to this study in 2008 demonstrated that Vitamin D translates from the sun to the hens to the eggs. Pastured eggs were shown to have 4 to 6 times more Vitamin D than conventional eggs. Other tests have also shown that pasturing yields higher levels of folic acid. In fact, tests on our eggs even showed the presence of Vitamin C, which is a first for eggs! We can’t explain this, but it likely has something to do with the birds’ varied diet from a multitude of native grasses.