Chicken Change: A Look at the Increased Demand for Pasture-Raised Eggs

August 27, 2020 by
Photo Courtesy of Happy Egg Farm

I first started buying pasture-raised eggs in 2016. At the time they were difficult to find and often almost twice as expensive as the cheapest grocery store eggs. Vital Farms -- those eggs in the distinctive black carton with the white chalkboard writing -- dominated the market and usually sold for about $6.99 a dozen.

Last week I went to Trader Joe’s and bought a dozen pasture-raised eggs for $3.99. Most grocery stores and even some convenience stores now carry a wide selection of pasture-raised eggs. Prices vary depending on your location and the brand you choose, but purchasing eggs from hens that wander around outside pecking at bugs and clover all day no longer means you’re spending more than double what you would for eggs from hens that never see the outdoors.

What’s changed in the last four years, and does CrossFit have anything to do with it?

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