Our Values: Humane Animal Care

NestFresh Eggs was founded many years ago by a family that wanted to produce the alternative to regular eggs. At the time, the farmers committed to producing 100% cage free eggs so that all of the hens would be happy and healthy, able to move freely throughout the barn and engage in natural behaviors. Each barn was equipped with furnishings to encourage natural behaviors. Perches, nestboxes, and dustbathing areas were required so the hens could socialize, perch, preen, and nest as they liked. From the beginning we also prohibited the use of hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products.

Since then, we have continued to stay true to this founding value of humane animal care. We continue to innovate on our farms and act as leaders in providing a more humane, more natural way of life for our hens.

This includes working with even more family farms across the country to build new farms that go beyond cage free. Our newer farms are free range and pasture raised. Free range farms provide a minimum or 2 square feet per bird of outdoor area. Our pasture raised farms provide a minimum of 108 square feet per bird. The hens enjoy ample room to forage in the grass, bask in the sunshine, and breathe fresh air.

Another way we have strengthened our commitment to humane animal care on our farms is through third party certifiers. They provide independent oversight of our farms with inspections and audits to ensure they are handling all of their hens with care and following the highest standards.

We thank you for continuing to grow with us as farmers and egg producers and support products that share your values. Your choice of our pasture raised and free range eggs help us to continue raising happy, health hens.

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Harvest Quinoa Bowls

Our latest recipe combines some of the best flavors of fall like butternut squash and kale. Top it all with an egg and you’ve got a well-rounded, healthy meal that is as nourishing as it is delicious.

Harvest Quinoa Bowls with Poached Eggs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp canola oil
• 2 cups diced butternut squash
• 2 shallots, chopped
• 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tsp salt, divided
• 1/2 tsp pepper, divided
• 2 cups shredded kale leaves (stems removed)
• 1/2 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
• 4 cold NestFresh Eggs
• 1/3 cup finely crumbled goat cheese
• 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook squash, shallots, thyme, garlic, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until squash starts to soften.
2. Stir in kale; cook for about 1 minute or until starting to wilt. Stir in broth; bring to boil. Stir in quinoa; cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until squash is tender and quinoa is heated through. Stir in parsley, basil and lemon juice.
3. Meanwhile, add vinegar to shallow saucepan of simmering water. Crack one egg into small bowl. Slip eggs, one at a time, into water; cook for about 3 minutes for soft-poached eggs or until desired doneness. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper towel–lined plate.
4. Divide squash mixture among 4 bowls. Top each with poached egg; season with remaining salt and pepper. Sprinkle goat cheese and pumpkin seeds over top.

Tips:

• Substitute crumbled feta cheese for goat cheese if desired.
• Alternatively, top with fried eggs instead of poached eggs.

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Non-GMO Month

October is Non-GMO Month, which we celebrate every year since becoming the first Non-GMO Project Verified Eggs. We feel it is important that people know what is in the food that they are feeding their families. That’s why we sought out the first ever Non-GMO Project verification for eggs.

If you’re new to the discussion of GMOS, here are some important facts to know about GMOs from our friends at the Non-GMO Project.

• GMOs affect farmers. Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States and Canada.

• GMOs affect our environment. Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

• GMOs are in our food. Much of the GMO corn and soy grown in North America is fed to animals, as is some of the canola and cotton. This is why it is important to know what is in animal feed. If you are buying animal products form the store, look for the Non-GMO Project label or choose Certified Organic products.

If you’re ready to commit to choosing foods free of GMOs, remember to look for the butterfly to determine whether products have met the rigorous standards of the Non-GMO Project. We proudly offer NestFresh Eggs that carry the Non-GMO Project Verification seal.

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Savory Pizza-Stuffed French Toast

It is officially fall! We are so excited to share one of our favorite fall recipes with you today. Our Savory Pizza-Stuffed French Toast is the perfect way to warm up a chilly fall day and a perfect pick-me-up for kids now that school is in full swing. With family-friendly appeal, this simple French toast with Italian flavors is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

• 8 slices day-old Italian bread
• 1/2 cup pizza sauce
• 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 oz pepperoni slices
• 3 NestFresh Eggs
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• Pinch each salt and pepper
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Marinara sauce, for dipping

Instructions:

1. Place slices of bread on work surface. Spread pizza sauce over half of the bread. Top with mozzarella and pepperoni. Cap with remaining bread.
2. In shallow baking dish, whisk together eggs, milk, Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat.
3. Dip each sandwich into egg mixture, coating completely; cook in batches, turning once, for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Tips:

• Substitute other pizza toppings, such as leftover sausage, sautéed mushrooms or roasted red peppers for pepperoni if desired.
• Substitute basil pesto for pizza sauce if desired.

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Better Breakfast Month

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This September, as we celebrate Better Breakfast Month, let’s think about the ways we can make it even more impactful because we could all make our morning routine a little healthier.

A health breakfast sets us up for a successful day, helping us fend off dips in energy and helping us make better choices. Breakfast has also been shown to be important to thinking and learning in both adults and kids. So, what can you do to make your breakfast better?

• Get more protein—a protein rich breakfast helps you stay fuller longer and helps you avoid any slumps as the day wears on
• Add some greens—loading your breakfast with veggies is a great way to start the day with a healthy choice and it will make you more likely to make healthier choices the rest of the day
• Drink some water—remember to hydrate and refill for the day
• Re-think what you put in your coffee—sometimes our morning cup can become so routine that we forget that adding sugar to our coffee still counts toward added sugar for the day

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Kids in the Kitchen

This week we are celebrating Kids in the Kitchen Day, which is on September 13th. There are a lot of great ways to get kids involved in meal prep, cooking, and nutrition. And there are a lot of benefits, too! Cooking not only helps kids develop academic skills like math and reading, helping in the kitchen also develops life skills. Teaching kids a few recipes will help them feel confident in the kitchen and empower them to feed themselves.

Try some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes and use it as an opportunity to talk to your kids about making healthy choices, trying new foods, and learning new skills.

Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble
Sweet Potato Hash
Savory Breakfast Biscuits
Bell Pepper Crustless Quiche

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New Products, Same Values

We strive to be the leader in humane, sustainable eggs. Since starting as a 100% cage free egg company, we have always tried to produce a better alternative to regular eggs. Most recently, we launched some new products that continue our focus on happy hens and healthy humans.

We have released more options from pasture raised hens that have 108 square feet per bird of grass, fresh air and sunshine. This line of eggs includes Non-GMO, Organic, and Organic Soy Free varieties. We have partnered with our farmers to produce these new products because we know that animal welfare, sustainable agriculture, and healthy foods are important to you. They’re important to us as well. That’s why we continue to produce humane, sustainable eggs on family farms.

We hope you enjoy these new products and we hope that we can continue to lead the way in producing better alternatives to regular eggs.

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Lemon Amaretto Pound Cake Recipe Video

We are sharing a brand new video to give you a quick overview of how to make Lorraine’s Lemon Amaretto Pound Cake. Her recipe was the winner of our Second Annual Egg-celent Baking Contest and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. It’s our new favorite and we hope it becomes one of your favorites too.

Watch and then make this delicious treat for yourself with your favorite NestFresh Eggs.

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Back to School Success

Did you know that NestFresh has released a number of new products just in time to make the back to school season even easier on parents and kids?

We are really excited for parents and kids to try our new hard cooked eggs. These are our same delicious, nutritious eggs that are hard cooked, peeled, and ready-to-eat. The 2-packs come with salt and pepper, so they make the perfect addition to lunchboxes or a nutritious after school snack on the go. We also offer larger boxes to make meal prep even easier during the busy back to school season.

NestFresh Eggs are humane, sustainable eggs from family farms. They are free from hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful inputs so kids can enjoy the filling protein along with the countless vitamins and minerals that growing bodies need without any of the bad stuff.

Looking for some tips to make this school year a success? Always make sure kids have a filling, nutritious breakfast. Breakfast is so important to support learning and good behavior in school. To make mornings easier when school starts up, prepare breakfast the day before or even on Sunday night so you’re ready for the week. You can make a batch of egg muffins, breakfast burritos, or scrambled eggs that will last the week and get you out the door on time in those rushed mornings.

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Celebrating Local Agriculture

August is Colorado Proud Month, so we’re celebrating our Colorado roots. NestFresh was founded in Colorado by a family who wanted to produce an alternative to regular eggs. Since we got our start in Colorado, we want to share some facts about agriculture in this great state! Did you know that nearly half of the state’s 66 million acres are dedicated just to farms and ranches? The state’s agricultural sector contributes more than $40 billion to the state’s economy each year as well as more than 173,000 jobs.

With all of that agriculture in our state, there are a lot of locally produced foods that Colorado residents can choose. And there are a number of great reasons to choose local foods!

Locally grown food is full of flavor. When consuming local foods, you’re getting fresh products at their peak of ripeness versus being harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local retail store. You’re also eating seasonally fresh food rather than food that needs to be grown in a different climate and shipped long distances.
Local food supports the local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community.
Local food benefits the environment. By purchasing locally grown foods, you help maintain farmland and green, open space in the community. Choosing local food also limits the resources needed to transport food.
Local companies have a conscience. NestFresh strives to be the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs. We are committed to producing eggs that are cage free and we have increased our commitment to sustainability and humane treatment by introducing organic, free range, pasture raised and the first Non-GMO Project Verified Eggs. Like many other local business, we are also committed to giving back to our local community.

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