Pete and Gerry’s Family Farm Story
At Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, our family has been farming for four generations. We are fully committed to bringing you the highest-quality, freshest organic eggs possible.
We are a values-led company, dedicated to humane treatment of animals and small family farms, who we believe are the best stewards of environmental sustainability.
- In 2003, we became America’s first Certified Humane egg producer, under the auspices of Humane Farm Animal Care.
- In 2013, we became America’s first egg producer to earn the “B-Corp Certified” designation as a For-Benefit Corporation, under the auspices of B-Labs.
All our free-range, organic eggs come from small family farms like ours. These are real farms, not factories that simply use the farm label. All our farmers follow the strictest standards of humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability. We believe our free-range hens deserve a safe, comfortable place to live a happy, healthy life – and that our family farmers deserve the right to keep their lands and livelihoods without having to resort to unhealthy factory-farm practices.
That’s not just good for our hens and our planet – it’s also good business. Rather than becoming yet another factory farm, we grow our healthy business by recruiting other small family farms to supply us with organic eggs. We increase our efficiency and productivity by using cutting-edge production techniques and smart automation to process and distribute our organic eggs, but never by cramming the animals that provide us food into inhumanely small spaces.
Our business approach provides more opportunities for smaller-scale farmers to stay in business, from the organic farmers who supply our grains to the families who produce our eggs.
Best of all, it ensures you can trust us to provide you and your family with safe, wholesome, organic eggs at a reasonable price.
How it All Started
The story of Pete and Gerry’s began in the late 1800’s at the Ward Family Farm in Monroe, New Hampshire, where Robert Ward grew up farming dairy cattle and hens.
After World War II, Robert’s son Les returned home from distinguished service as a Navy Dive Bomber pilot and decided to expand the egg farming business. He started with just a few hundred hens and kept growing; soon his brother-in-law Rodney Stanton joined him.
Les and Rodney kept our farm going through good times and bad – but others weren’t so lucky. Beginning in the 1980s, industrial-scale egg producers cornered the market and forced most small egg farms out of business.
Avoiding the factory-farm trap
When Les passed the farm on to his daughter Carol, son-in-law Gerry Laflamme and Rodney’s son Peter Stanton, they led our farm down a different path – one that led away from factory-style farming.
Instead of “going industrial,” we changed to cage-free – and eventually to free-range – organic eggs produced without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, GMOs or animal byproducts. Later, we became the first Certified Humane egg farm in the country.
A better way to grow
Today our business is healthy and growing, but we will never become a factory farm. We help other family farms thrive instead of swallowing them up.
Gerry and Carol’s son Jesse Laflamme now runs our free-range organic egg farm, and he’s raised the bar even higher with his commitment to small-scale farming, organic foods, humane treatment of animals, and conservation. Jesse and his wife Sandra love having their children help out at the farm.
We’re proud of our family farms and hope you enjoy the fresh, wholesome free-range, organic eggs we produce!