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Did You Know

When it comes to eggs, what’s the difference?

Learn about different types of eggs and discover the environments they come from. At Rosemary Farm, we’re here to educate consumers like you so you can choose the best options for your family.

What’s the Difference in Egg Production Methods?

Different production methods impact the way hens are nurtured and what they’re fed. No matter how hens are housed or fed, they're always cared for with the utmost respect at Rosemary Farm. Learn about the difference between each production method described in this blog so you know what environment your eggs come from.

Pasture-Raised Eggs

Our pasture-raised eggs are produced by a cooperative of local farmers. These farmers adhere to Rosemary Farm's stringent criteria for the well-being, safety, and eco-friendliness of their birds. The hens freely explore the pastures, indulging in sunlight and dirt baths, while nourishing themselves with seeds, plants, insects, and worms; meanwhile, they are supplemented with a protein-rich, all-natural vegetarian diet to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

Cage-Free Eggs

Rosemary Farm provides a comfortable indoor environment free from individual cages. Hens can roam freely in spaces specifically designed for natural movement like scratching, perching, and nesting. With constant access to clean water and fresh bedding, our hens thrive in a cage-free environment. Embracing the cage-free philosophy, Rosemary Farm prioritizes the enhanced well-being of hens, reflecting our commitment to providing them with the best quality of life.

Conventional Eggs

Our sister company, Dakota Layers, situated in South Dakota, produces conventional eggs. These eggs originate from hens that dwell in cages, providing them with sustenance, water, and protection from predators. These cages serve dual purposes, acting as both nesting spaces and tools for efficient production. Our commitment extends beyond legal mandates, encompassing rigorous oversight and cutting-edge technology in egg production to ensure the utmost safety and health of our eggs for consumers.

Free-Range Eggs

Free-range eggs are cultivated through barns tailored to fulfill the natural requirements of the hens. Unconfined by cages, these hens can freely explore the barns, enjoy personal and cozy nesting areas, have constant access to nourishing food and clean water, and the option to venture outdoors. The barns are meticulously maintained, equipped to ensure ideal temperatures, and safeguard the hens from weather challenges. With vigilant veterinary oversight, a diet of solely natural components, and care that exceeds industry norms, these hens experience exceptional well-being.

Our organic eggs are sourced from cage-free hens that are nourished with 100% certified organic feed devoid of animal byproducts. These hens enjoy unrestricted movement within their enclosures, outdoor access, clean water, and fresh bedding. Labeled per the USDA's National Organic Program, our organic eggs originate from cage-free hens with organic diets void of conventional products.

The eggshell color doesn't impact nutritional value, making no distinction between white and brown eggs. Eggshell color is determined by hen breed, with Leghorn hens laying white eggs, while Rhode Island hens lay brown eggs for example. South American Araucuna chickens produce eggs varying from medium blue to green, but claims about their lower cholesterol content remain unproven. Nutritional value, however, can be influenced by what the hen is fed.

Count on all types of Rosemary Farm eggs when freshness matters most, whether you select pasture-raised, cage-free, conventional, or free-range. With our recipes in your kitchen and our eggs on your grocery list, you’ll be cooking up something special.

View Our Delicious Recipes

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