Eggs Are Packaged

The eggs that make the grade are put on a conveyor that moves the eggs to their respective lanes designated for medium, large or extra-large organic eggs. A machine separates the eggs and places them in cartons.

Employees box cartons of Organic Valley eggs at the processing plant.

Cartons Packed and Off to the Store

Workers put the now-full egg cartons into boxes and place them on pallets. A truck picks the freshly packaged eggs up and takes them to a store or one of Organic Valley’s distribution centers.

The End of the Egg Journey

Next is the exciting part: You, the consumer, arrive at the store to grab a dozen organic eggs to take home and share with your family.

“They are healthier,” Isaac said of Organic Valley eggs. “If you are going to buy an egg — these eggs are what the carton says they are.”

Martha and Isaac’s family of eight eats dozens of eggs per day. Some days eggs will be part of every meal — and why not, since eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Their favorite way to serve them is over light (over easy), but they also favor egg salad and hard-boiled eggs. Egg bakes also make a wholesome meal.

Like the Glicks, you can feel confident eating organic free-range and pasture-raised eggs as they contain no antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything and your purchase of Organic Valley products also provides small family farms a stable pay price.

A girl gets close to curious chickens at the Glick organic egg farm in Pennsylvania.

Play time at the Glick farm in Pennsylvania.

As you are cooking delicious organic eggs, what is that hen up to? Maybe she’s out on pasture picking away at bugs and bathing in dust — living her best life until she’s ready to lay another egg … and the egg journey begins anew.

* While Organic Valley hens are Free to Forage outdoors, farmers take proactive steps to protect their flocks, including increasing biosecurity and keeping hens inside when the situation calls for it. Keeping hens indoors is the exception in the case of a high-risk situation where the health and safety of a flock is compromised by outside variables such as the bird flu or other outbreaks.

How long do eggs last? When refrigerated at 35 to 40 F, the shelf life of eggs is 24 to 42 days. Egg carton dates are regulated at the state level, and the mandated maximum code date will vary from state to state.

An antique typewriter fanatic and chicken mom who treasures time outdoors admiring all that nature has to offer, Jennifer McBride is Rootstock’s editor. McBride spent 15-plus years as a journalist and newspaper editor before finding her niche with the nation’s leading organic dairy cooperative. Contact her at

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