What's the story with the eggs?

The eggs we sell come from the farm of Helen Schultz near Owatonna, MN. While they are not certified organic, Mrs. Schultz never uses chemicals on her property and the chickens are technically cage-free and free-range.

We often get questions about our large, delicious, locally produced eggs, so here are 5 commonly asked questions and the answers, directly from the chickens' beaks.

1. Many of our customers claim Mastel's carries the best eggs in town--large, flavorful with brightly colored yolks (and their price is hard to beat, too!) What does our supplier, Helen Schultz, feed her hens to keep them producing so well?

Schultz's chickens feast on insects, corn, oats, wheat, alfalfa, and soybeans. Because her hens graze freely in field and pasture when the weather is suitable, their eggs are technically cage-free and free-range. Schultz never uses chemicals on her property or questionable feed for her birds. She hasn't pursued a "certified organic" designation due to the costly and time-consuming nature of the certification process.

2. How long has Schulz been in business?

Helen Schultz has been in business since the 1950s, and she has distributed to the Twin Cities since 1971.

3. Where is the farm located and how do you get the eggs?

The farm is near Owatonna, MN. Helen's family delivers fresh eggs to Mastel's once a week.

4. Why are some eggs white and some eggs brown?

An egg's hue depends upon the color of the hen who laid it. The nutritional profile of an egg is not related to the color.

5. Why do you run out of eggs sometimes?

At certain times of the year, younger hens may take longer to mature and begin laying. Bitter cold can cause more stress for the older hens, who need to divert extra energy from laying eggs to growing insulating feathers.  This can result in a flux in our egg supply as the seasons change.

There you have it! We hope you've learned a lot from your first lesson on Schultz eggs at Mastel's Health Foods. Now it's time for a quiz...

1. Where is the farm located?

a. Brazil

b. Kentucky

c. Owatonna, MN

2. What do the chickens eat?

a. insects

b. grains, grasses and beans

c. all of the above

3. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

....hm... we'll leave that one up to you to figure out!