Incredible Edible Eggs!

Incredible Edible Eggs!

Just kidding. But, really, what is so special about the eggs Mastel's sells? 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?

This year, the younger hens have taken longer to mature and begin laying. The bitter cold has caused more stress for the older hens, who have needed to divert extra energy from laying eggs to growing insulating feathers.

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