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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26 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. 😦

      • APFromPA says:

        Just sharing a little bit that I know on this topic. Darker yellow yolk can be obtained by feeding some marigold flower pettles to your hens. I am not saying that costco eggs are perfect or anything, in fact I have never bought these organic eggs from costco. But I do have a local farmer who I buy from and these are some of the things he shared. His eggs do have dark yellow yolk, but he honestly told me that don’t judge the quality of the egg by the color of the yolk. When the hen roam free, they eat more of their natural diel consisting of bugs, grass, weeds, etc. All these contribute to the quality of eggs by reducing the amount of grain feed that the hen need, which in turn helps reduce Omega-6 and boosts Omega-3. Caged or crowded coops have no choice but feed the grain, so unless flax seed or fish pellets are added to the gain mix, these eggs will be higher in omega-6 than omega-3. I hope this helps.

    • We’ve gotten 20 or so packages over the last two years — never had a problem. They’re fantastic actually.

  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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  7. Mo says:

    I just hard-boiled some Costco Organic Eggs, does anyone know why the “brown coloring” has boiled/wiped off? Are they coloring white eggs brown?!!? This seems a little deceptive. Please let me know your thoughts.

  8. dewdrop75 says:

    Thanks for posting that article, great info. I realize it’s an old article, but hopefully they still use the same farms they did a few years ago. I went to the site for the farm that I believe is used for my area, Minnesota, and could not find any info on what they feed the hens, I sent the farm a message, we’ll see what they say.

  9. changing to organic says:

    So I do have a question. Where do I go to see what farm is used in my area? I am in the Bay Area of California. Thanks so much!

  10. H. Mirza says:

    I buy these organic eggs from Costco. I am noticing yolks with tiny blood droplets in them since my last three purchases. Any feedback will be appreciated if this is normal or a sign of spoilage!

    • Lindsay says:

      I hope this helps. I pulled this from the FAQ section of the Farmhouse Eggs website (
      Small spots of blood (sometimes called “meat” spots) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. These do not indicate a fertile egg; they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the grading process, but a few may escape detection. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish. Brown eggs commonly have specks of brown pigment floating in the egg white. These spots are not blood and are harmless to the consumer!

  11. Barb says:

    I’ve been buying Costco’s Organic Eggs for over a year now and hard boil all the time. I have never seen the brown color come off and I’ve never noticed a pale yellow yoke.

  12. Clark says:

    I have allergies since I have eaten Costco’s Organic Eggs. Now I stopped to eat it and then the alleged disappeared. I don’t know why.

  13. Lilly says:

    Are Kirkland eggs fertile

  14. toni says:

    Thank you for this information and the link to the article. I was able to do some research into the egg farm that supplies my local costco with eggs and I am so happy I did!

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