Woot! Yesterday I sold 36 dozen eggs at the Broadway Hy-Vee in Quincy! For those of you who have never seen my demo. I'm posting a couple of pictures:
I actually pit my egg up against my competitors with an open egg comparison. My carton is on one side so people can see what it looks like and my display of blown eggs that shows the variety of colors my eggs come in is on the other side. The egg at the far left is one of my white eggs. The next is a brown organic egg. Then I put out an Eggland's Best egg followed by a regular El Cheapo, Cheapo egg. Many people think a brown egg is better than a white egg, but shell color has nothing to do with the quality of the egg inside. If you feed a white egg layer and a brown egg layer the same thing you will have the same egg when you crack it open.
My hens are out on pasture. We keep layer feed available for our chickens all the time, but they are also able to eat grass, weeds, bugs and mice. The result is a darker yolk that is better for you and tastes fantastic!
Eggland's Best and the organic egg I crack both say they are "cage free". Most people are surprised to learn that this doesn't mean they are free to go outside, they are actually in a barn with out battery cages. Organic eggs have to have "access to sunshine", but that usually means the building has a window.
One of the things people often ask at this time of year is "If it's the grass that makes the egg yolk darker, why are yours darker in the winter?" During the winter we make sure our chickens have plenty of hay to eat. Our local grocery store also has us pick up their slightly old fresh veggies. They aren't quite as dark as they get in the summer, but they are still way better than a egg from a chicken on a grain only diet.
Our healthy happy chickens make for healthy tasty eggs!
God Bless You All!