In an article published by nytimes.com, Stephanie Strom, a food business reporter for The Times, discusses why eggs are sold by the dozen rather than any other increments.
“The reason for packaging eggs by the dozen is somewhat obscured by time. But Jesse Laflamme, chief executive of Pete & Gerry’s Organics, an egg producer, said he believes it dates back to a measurement system that evolved in England after the Romans arrived in roughly the first century.”
“… in the United States, a vast majority of eggs are sold by the dozen, half-dozen and other multiples of 12. But in India and parts of Africa, it isn’t unusual to buy eggs by the piece, and in some countries they may be sold by 10s or 8s. Let’s just say it’s not an eggs-act science.”
Your daily dose of interesting egg facts.
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When Passover begins tomorrow, families all over the world will gather for a Seder, or ritual meal. No matter what’s served, eggs are always on the table as powerful symbolic foods.
Many families dip hard-boiled eggs in salt water, to commemorate the tears and sweat of their ancestors’ enslavement in Egypt. And a hard-boiled egg, usually roasted, is placed on the Seder plate—its roundness suggesting the cycle of life, rebirth, and renewal. Its burnt, sometimes cracked shell is also a reminder of ancient sacrificial offerings.
If you’re roasting one of our organic eggs, you’ll find its brown color is striking. Just hard-boil the egg first, and place in a 350°F oven until it starts getting a burnt, cracked look—about 15-20 minutes.
All of us at Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs wish you a warm, healthy Passover. Chag Sameach!
An article was published by csrwire.com about how Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC became the world’s first animal farm business to achieve B Corporation Certification.
“Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC, the parent company for both the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and the Nellie’s Cage-Free Eggs brands, is the first animal farming business in the world to be named a Certified B Corporation, joining more than 960 other companies in 32 countries that use business as a force for good.”
“Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.”
Pete and Gerry’s is proud to join the other great brands that are B Corporation Certified and to make a positive difference with their brand.
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Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Nellie’s Cage Free Eggs enjoyed being a part of the Strolling of the Heifers again this year.
Thankfully the rain that came was light unlike last year which brought a great crowd to view the heifers strolling down Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. Families and people who attended enjoyed a weekend full of events in support of family farming. Events during the weekend included the Slow Living Summit where our very own Jesse Laflamme was featured in a panel discussion, a quiche cook-off, the parade of heifers, a festival which included our famous Slow Living Breakfast and our education tent, and a Farmer’s Breakfast on Sunday that included a quiche made with our Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
Please enjoy some the photos from this fantastic family weekend at the Strolling of the Heifers.
Strolling of the Heifers 2013
Our Education Tent Helpers
Chickens and kids
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Breakfast Sandwiches for Everyone. Yum!
We are proud to be a family farm and are also very thankful for all of the hard work that our family farmers do every day producing eggs for us.
Family Farmer-Emory Martin
Emory Martin was our first family farmer. He started producing eggs for us in 2002 after taking over his family’s Pennsylvania farm. Like many small farmers, he has multiple sources of income.
How many years have you been farming, Emory?
I grew up on a farm working with my father. All my life except for a few years when I worked for a poultry barn cleaning company.
Besides producing eggs for Pete & Gerry’s, do you have other sources of income?
We raise corn, barley, soy and hothouse tomatoes. We also have a farm stand here on the farm.
What’s your favorite part of farming?
Well, I like crop farming the best, but I do like working with the hens.
What keeps you farming?
I like having the family together on the farm. We all work together.
Thank you for doing a great job producing eggs, Emory. Keep up the good work!
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Did you know that we have teamed up with Athletes for a Fit Planet as one of their Green Partners to help reduce the environmental footprint on race day? This summer we have been actively participating in the greening of several different athletic events-The Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta, GA), The Beach to Beacon 10K (Cape Elizabeth, ME), The Falmouth Road Race (Falmouth, MA), The USA Triathlon National Championship (Burlington, VT) and the VT 100 on 100 Relay (Stowe, VT-Ludlow-VT) and in September we will be at Reach the Beach NH (Franconia, NH to Hampton Beach NH).
Reduce your environmental Footprint
Bruce Raynor, the Chief Green Officer of Athletes for a Fit Planet works with race directors as a consultant to develop a plan for creating more sustainable race events. A Fit Planet helps events to become “Green Certified” which includes taking the Pledge of Sustainability. A Fit Planet is working on this initiative with the Active Network and the Council for Responsible Sport Part of that plan includes providing recycling, composting, and garbage removal options for race day. Also, A Fit Planet has worked with companies such as Water Monster which provides the no waste-option for hydration of
athletes on race day. The Water Monster System is a bulk water system for use with refillable re-usable water bottles to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles on race day. This system was in place at the Vermont 100 on 10 Relay last weekend. With the Water Monsters placed at recycling stations along the course there was a significant reduction in the amount of recycling and waste on race day.
Thirsty Runners love Water Monster
If you are an eco-conscious athlete, please take the Athletes For a Fit Planet Eco-Pledge. By taking the pledge you are promising to take action by supporting eco-friendly race events as well as to stay committed to recycling and other earth friendly practices during your daily life. We wholeheartedly support keeping our bodies fit as well as our planet.
100 on 100
VT Edition: 100 on 100 Relay
Have you ever seen some of the more unusual breeds of chickens roaming around with uniquely colored feathers and sometimes even with slate blue legs? These distinctive breeds of chickens are heritage breeds and are known for laying exceptional colored eggs and have valuable genetic diversity. Pete & Gerry’s now has flocks of Ameraucana hens which originated in Chile and also French Marans hens. The Ameraucana hens lay beautiful pastel bluish-green eggs and the Marans hens lay dark chocolate brown shelled eggs.
Put all your heirloom eggs in one basket.
Not only will you marvel at the beauty of the eggshells but the the eggs also contain gorgeous golden yellow yolks. Lynn from the blog “Celebrate Green!” says,
“The gorgeous yolks looked like sunshine in the bowl and even after whisking them with the whites, then cooking and putting on the plate, their bright yellow glow made me smile.”
"Sunshine in the bowl" Photo from Celebrate Green!
If you haven’t discovered our Pete & Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs yet you can now find them at Whole Foods Market and many other specialty retailers. We encourage you to give them a try. The flavor of the egg is rich and creamy. Also, to read more about Lynn and Corey’s culinary tasting experience with our Pete & Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs please take a moment to stop by their blog Celebrate Green!
"We're putting meaning into greening"