the story behind costco kirkland organic eggs

Costco sends out a newsletter every month called “The Costco Connection”.  It’s a decent update on what is happening in Costco.  I usually quickly thumb through each issue and try to avoid the endless filler pages of Costco advertisements, but the August 2011 issue actually grabbed my attention and made me flip straight to page 22.  The title of the article was “The chicken, the egg and the future: Seeking sustainable supplies for a growing planet“.

The article talks about the eggs that Costco sells and focuses in particular on Wilcox Farms Organic Eggs.  The best part of the article is the portion on the Kirkland Organic Eggs.  I did a posting awhile ago about my experience phoning Costco and the answers I got to my questions about the story behind the organic eggs.  The expose on page 25 gives a blurb on each farm that handles the organic eggs for Costco and the region they cover.  It’s not nearly the same as visiting a farm or grabbing eggs from your coop, but it’s a decent substitute.  Every little bit of information makes it easier to make an educated decision.

Enjoy the article.  And, don’t forget to support your local farmer!

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8 Responses to the story behind costco kirkland organic eggs

  1. I loved this article too. So great that Wilcox was able to make the changes they needed to stay in business AND become an organic farm!

  2. jk says:

    was quite surprised to buy Costco organic eggs and see that the yolks were pale, pale yellow – certainly not a good sign for “organic” eggs.

    • sacredbee says:

      I totally agree. They may be “organic” but they certainly don’t look “fresh” when you crack them open and find the barely yellow yolk. :(

  3. k says:

    The other weird thing about Costco’s organic products, their organic blueberries last a long time, and they are really big and perfect, most organic produce is not usually uniform in size. It would seem impossible for a warehouse store to offer anything super fresh, farmers market may cost more but really is the way to go.

  4. Tim Welch says:

    Can you point me to page 25 that gives a blurb on each farm that handles the organic eggs for Costco and the region they cover? I cannot find it. Thanks!

  5. Matt says:

    Seems the southeast where I live get their eggs from L&R farms. I went to their website and dont see anything about cagefree/organic.

    • Peter says:

      When it comes to yolks, the color is determined by a hen’s diet, not its breed (artificial color additives are not permitted in eggs) or the freshness of the egg. Hen diets heavy in green plants, yellow corn, alfalfa and other plant material with xanthophylls pigment (a yellow-orange hue) will produce a darker yellow-orange yolk. Diets of wheat or barley produce pale yellow yolks; hens fed white cornmeal produce almost colorless yolks.

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