In Partnership with Happy Egg Co.
But do we know what we’re really choosing?
The truth is, we’re more than a little bit removed from where our food comes from—and how it was produced. Long gone are the days when we felt like real families were behind the faces of brands and companies churning out products.
We need meals made easy and fast. Family time around the table is often a lost art, with attention sacrificed to phones, tablets and TVs. As we blaze along from day to day and wonder what’s missing, we have to ask ourselves the question:
When we get separated from where the love comes from, how much do we lose?
Out in the Ozark Woodlands, one company’s small family farms remind us that reconnecting to care and tradition is well worth the effort.
Happy Egg Co. is made up of small farms in Arkansas and Missouri. On these farms, real people are living on the land with their loved ones — and caring for the animals. “Farming is a great way to raise a family and make a decent living,” says Tim of T&L Poultry, one of many Happy Egg farms.
Happy Egg’s commitment goes well above the humane standard. Where others are doing the minimum, their farmers have a proactive mission: Raising eggs with love. Russ and Rhonda of Whitetail Valley Farms enjoy giving hens their freedom. “We like to see them out roaming over the hillside!” they say.
On Happy Egg’s social media channels, they post videos and pictures of hens strolling happily in the pasture. Each farm boasts 8 acres for the hens, along with play kits, outdoor watering systems, and areas for dust-bathing.
It only takes 2 square feet of outdoor space per hen to be humanely classified as “free range,” but Happy Egg goes the extra mile — or rather, the extra 19.8 square feet per hen.
Fans comment regularly — and excitedly — on the posts featuring hens.
“Thanks for all your hard work!”
“It’s great to see them so radiant and happy.”
“Love this. The way it should be.”
Most of the industry is not free range like Happy Egg. In the US today, roughly 90% (or more) eggs come from caged hens.
Caged hens spend their entire lives in an overcrowded wire frame with others. They don’t have space to stretch their wings. As you can imagine, this puts a great deal of stress on the birds, and it never gets better.
It’s true; companies like Happy Egg Co. are rarer than we would like to believe. But they remind us that there are still people out there, hard-working farmers and their families, trying to do things the way they ought to be done.
As Happy Egg has proven with their products, it just so happens that emphasizing animal welfare makes for high quality eggs. Consumers love them. The hens are happy. And families across the nation have more to celebrate around the breakfast table.
Food draws us in, but love fills us up. It doesn’t take us long to realize that getting back to the heart of things is what we wanted all along. Maybe the scrambled eggs on our breakfast table are better shared. Maybe leaving our phones in another room or switching off the TV would help us focus on the faces in our household. Somewhere else out there, in the Ozark Woodlands, another family is eating together… and working hard to share their eggs with you.