Colorado Egg Farmers Fight Hunger

We are glad to share a guest post from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers Association, of which NestFresh is a proud member.

This holiday season, Colorado egg farmers are committed to helping Coloradans in need through egg donations to Feeding Colorado food banks. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to join in the fight against hunger in our state.

According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans struggle with hunger. Across the United States, that equates to 48.1 million people including 13.1 million children. The most recent data shows that one in seven Coloradans worry about where they will find food for their next meal and sadly, nearly half are children, according to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

CEP, a membership organization representing six farms, has an unwavering mission to provide high-quality eggs to Coloradans and is committed to giving back to the community year after year. Colorado egg farmers and CEP members are on track to donate more than 750,000 eggs this year to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. Through regular monthly egg donations and an Easter donation, CEP has donated more than 8 million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado since 2009.

“As local egg farmers and active members of our communities, we are thankful for the opportunity to help our fellow neighbors in need,” CEP President Jerry Wilkins said. “That is why we donate thousands of eggs to food banks across Colorado each and every year. Eggs are one of the best foods for easy meals and snacks – morning, noon and night. With 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a source of high quality protein and they keep us full for longer than many other options.”

CEP is also proud to be a part of the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Since 2009, The Good Egg Project has donated more than 50 million eggs to America’s food banks and charities.

Join CEP in the fight against hunger this fall by donating to your local food bank. Your donation can ensure that families in need have a warm meal this holiday season.

According to Feeding America, financial donations are preferred. In fact, $1 donated to food banks can equal up to 11 meals distributed. If you would like to donate food to your local food bank, Feeding America suggests:

• Canned vegetables
• Canned soup
• Canned meats
• Canned fruit
• Macaroni and cheese
• Peanut butter
• Cereal
• Dried fruit

These items are most needed by food banks, as they are nonperishable, versatile and nutritious. Click here to find your local Feeding America food bank.

You can save $0.55 when you purchase two dozen eggs at your local grocery story. Visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com/eggcoupon to download a coupon today.

Learn more about CEP and our efforts to combat hunger at coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for recipes, agriculture news, interesting egg facts and more.

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Shiftcon

We’re packing our bags and heading to Shiftcon this week! Shiftcon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, and sustainability. This is our second year as a sponsor and supplying our non-GMO eggs for attendee meals. We are so excited to be the app sponsor and to have a presence at the expo as well this year.

If you’re heading to Shiftcon, make sure to stop by our spot and pick up some goodies. If you’d like to follow along on our adventures to Shiftcon and beyond, follow us on social media. We are on all of your favorite sites:

       
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Thank Goodness for Last Minute Recipes!

Are you in a panic trying to figure out a last minute menu for your Thanksgiving celebration? Let NestFresh come to your rescue. We compiled many of our favorite recipes from NestFresh fans like you into a recipe book.
You can click here to download it from our recipe page.

Another staple of our holiday celebrations is this easy recipe for One Bite Egg Cups. Our video shows you how to make these simple, festive treats.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at NestFresh!

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Save on NestFresh Eggs

NestFresh is proud to support and partner with organizations that give back to our community, the community we share with you. Because we truly believe in raising happy hens and contributing to healthy humans, we are committed to helping people and animals alike. You can learn about some of the organizations that we work with and the amazing work that they do on the Community page of our website.

Today, we have an exciting way to contribute even more to organizations that do great work for our communities. Common Kindness empowers you to help others by offering online coupons that not only save you money but provide funds to your favorite non-profit – at no cost to you!

We are so excited to provide a coupon through Common Kindness. Not only will you save on NestFresh Eggs, you can choose which organization will benefit when you redeem the coupon.

Get the NestFresh coupon from Common Kindness now.

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Greetings from our Non-GMO Farms

Did you know NestFresh Eggs are produced at farms all over the country? We work with family farmers to humanely produce eggs on farms that really care for the land and animals. We are so proud of the high standards all of our farmers follow and we love to give you a glimpse into what life is like for the hens on NestFresh farms.

These are some photos from a recent visit to Illinois to see some of our Non-GMO farms. These farms are not only cage free, allowing the hens the freedom to move about the barn at all times, but they are also free range, allowing the hens to get outside and enjoy fresh air, sunlight, and foraging in the grass.

The barns are equipped to make the hens as happy, healthy, and comfortable as possible. They have nestboxes, dustbathing areas, and perches to encourage the hens’ natural behaviors.

You may have heard people ask whether the chicken or the egg came first. Well, at NestFresh, the hen always comes first and you can see that when you see the great care our farmers take to ensure the hens are raised humanely and live on beautiful farms.

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Deviled Egg Day

In honor of Deviled Egg Day, which is celebrated on Wednesday, November 2, here are some of our favorite deviled egg recipes. Click through to see the recipes!

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways: Traditional, Spicy, and Light and Tangy

Kale Pesto Deviled Eggs


Yogurt Deviled Eggs

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Our Halloween Favorites

Looking for some last-minute inspiration for your Halloween celebration this weekend or next Monday? We have compiled some of our favorite Halloween recipes for you.

We previously compiled a list of some great candy-free alternatives for Halloween with this round-up of healthy Halloween recipes.

If you’re looking for a festive addition to your lunch on Monday, we love cooking up some spooky spider eggs for a fun and easy snack.

Finally, if you’re looking for more of a treat, our recipe for mini pumpkin cheesecakes will certainly do the treat.

Happy Halloween-ing from everyone at NestFresh!

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October is Non-GMO Month

This October, we are once again proud sponsors of Non-GMO Month. We have participated in this important effort to raise awareness about GMOs and products that avoid them every year since we became the first Non-GMO Project Verified eggs.

Our friends at the Non-GMO Project organize the month’s festivities to help educate people about the risks GMOs pose to our health, our families, and our environment. Every October, Non-GMO Month provides brands, retailers and individuals a chance to stand up for our right to know what’s in our food, and to choose non-GMO.

As part of our participation, you will see us in stores and included in materials from the Non-GMO Project. You can look up participating retailers and check out the Non-GMO Month website for giveaways all month long. NestFresh will be hosting a giveaway throughout the month! We are giving away a $100 gift card to Whole Foods along with a NestFresh prize pack that includes coupons for free NestFresh Eggs and other egg-celent goodies. Enter now!

For Non-GMO Month and beyond, visit the Non-GMO Project website, LivingNonGMO.org. The Living Non-GMO website is a place for everyone who cares what’s in the food they eat and feed to their loved ones and is filled with inspiring blogs, latest news, tasty recipes and more.

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World Egg Day

Did you know there is an international day to celebrate the egg?

World Egg Day is celebrated on the second Friday of October every year! This year it falls on October 14 and this year is the 20th World Egg Day.

To help you celebrate, we are sharing our absolute favorite egg recipes from all around the world. Check out our round up of international egg recipes in our Pinterest Board dedicated to Eggs Around the World. You’ll find everything from shakshuka to huevos rancheros.

We hope you’ll whip up something new from another part of the world to celebrate World Egg Day!

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The ABC’s of Eggstra Easy Breakfast

Now that school has started and is in full swing, we are sharing this information from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers that will help you start the school day with a healthy, easy egg breakfast.

Whether your child is starting kindergarten or high school, all students need a healthy, hearty breakfast to start their day. Packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a healthy and delicious breakfast choice to keep your child energized and engaged until the last bell rings. Help your child crack open their textbooks by cracking open a few eggs each morning. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is proud to offer easy, healthy and kid-friendly breakfast recipes to help you, and your child, get the school day started.

“The start of the school year can be a hectic time for Colorado families. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about nutrition,” said Derek Yancey, Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “Eggs provide growing kids with important nutrients and vitamins to keep their brains and their bodies strong. Eggs are also one of the most versatile foods. Whether your family enjoys a sit-down breakfast or breakfast-on-the-go, eggs can easily fit into your morning routine. Eggs are also a great option for healthy snacks and meals in schools, according to new guidelines recently issued by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service under its Smart Snacks Rule.”

Think you have no time for an egg breakfast in the middle of a busy weekday morning? Think again. You can prepare an egg breakfast in a snap. CEP and the American Egg Board recommend trying these fast, easy recipes.

Cereal Bowl Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients:

• 1 flour tortilla (6-inch)
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp. shredded Mexican cheese blend
• 1 tbsp. salsa

Line a two-cup microwave-safe cereal bowl with a paper towel. Press a tortilla into bowl. Break an egg into center of tortilla. Beat the egg gently with a fork until blended, being careful not to tear tortilla. Microwave on high 30 seconds and stir. Microwave again until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Remove the tortilla with paper towel liner from the bowl and transfer it to flat surface. Top the egg with cheese and salsa. Fold the bottom of tortilla over egg, then fold in sides. Note: Microwave ovens vary; therefore cooking times may need to be adjusted.

Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble

Ingredients:

• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
• Salt and pepper

Coat a 12-oz. microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. Add eggs and milk then beat until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. Microwave again until eggs are almost set (30 to 45 seconds longer). Top with cheese and season with salt and pepper.

In addition to providing Colorado students with a delicious, healthy breakfast, CEP wants them to learn about our state’s agriculture. Administered by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, the Agriculture in the Classroom program provides Colorado educators with fun, free resources for their students, including activity books, posters and new interactive Colorado Readers that cover Colorado’s food system, agriculture, natural resources and nutrition. The online interactive format uses quizzing and other activities to reinforce learning. The Colorado Egg Reader is full of information about eggs and chickens. Students will learn about the parts of an egg, the different housing systems and the various types of eggs that are produced using these systems. The Colorado Egg Reader will also soon be available in Spanish as well. Educators can visit www.growingyourfuture.com to order materials.

Follow Colorado Egg Producers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

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