We have always adhered to very strict sanitation standards and we're exercising additional cautionary steps, as recommended.
Please continue to order as normal. With very high order volume, we are doing everything in our power to provide you with REAL food safely in a timely fashion.
Pasture raised is a clear cut definition for all of us here at Dutch Meadows and means the animals are not confined indoors or in crowded feedlot for many months. Sadly, that is not the case for a majority of American chicken products making it to market and current regulations make it difficult for consumers to know what’s a quality product and what’s not. Truth be told, the vast majority of chickens are raised inside with no access to the outdoors and fed a high grain diet but no business will ever put that on their label, and you’re not going to get the farmer on the phone.
Consumers should especially be wary of terms like “cage-free” and “free-range” as these terms do not imply that the poultry gets outdoors. They are almost always still confined to the indoors and fed heavy soy and corn diets. A chicken raised on pasture that eats components from its natural environment is always more nutrient dense compared to non-pastured chicken, specifically in terms of higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins, A and E, and therefore will produce a more nutritious egg.
Our hens roam freely outside and are fed with GMO free, soy free grain. We never use any pesticides, artificial hormones or antibiotics. Try our eggs and you'll see they have that deep orange color and that wonderful flavor that comes ONLY from pastured, humanely raised chickens. Here you can buy eggs and feel good knowing your purchase will not only allow you and your family to enjoy healthy meals at home, but also support a farmer who cares about his chickens, his community, and the environment.
We also offer corn free eggs in regular and bulk sizes.