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By Jesse Laflamme
Well, of course our namesake Nellie, my pet hen from when I was 7 years old, has since gone up to Hen Heaven (nest in peace Nellie the hen). But all of her friends live across a wide swath of the U.S., on the small family farms that partner with us to produce Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
Years ago, as the popularity of our special eggs grew and grew, we decided that we didn’t want to become the very thing that had nearly put us out of business – a giant egg farm. Instead, we found like-minded small farmers and farm families that just wanted to make a good living while working on their own independent farms. Furthermore, we wanted to help rural farm communities continue to be vibrant and viable.
As Nellie’s Free Range Eggs continued to grow, partner farms began to pop up all over the northeast, in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania. As more grocery stores started to carry us further south and farther west, we began adding farms in those places too. Our farms now stretch as far west as Indiana and as far south as Virginia. To help our loyal customers see where our farms are located, we’ve created this interactive farm map on our web site. Please take a look!
The new stores carrying our eggs have increased even faster than our farm partnerships can keep up with however. We now sell our eggs in all 50 states, from Maine to Florida, on over to California and Washington. We are thrilled to offer our remarkable free range eggs to customers across the country. But, we know that many of them would like to buy from a farm closer to them, or even in their own state. That’s because they want to support their own farm communities and to reduce the impact of shipping food long distances. As a Certified B Corp, we support that too, and we’re steadily adding farms to the west and to the south. (Note the little hen footprints on our farm map!)
While we already partner with over 50 farm families to produce our Certified Humane Free Range eggs, each new farm is added with care. It typically takes several years from the time we start a conversation with a prospective farmer to bringing in their first flock. That’s because it’s essential that we ensure they share our values around sustainable, humane farming. We also need to know that they will be smart and reliable farmers. Egg farming is not easy, and we are careful to make sure that anyone trying it for the first time fully understands what they are getting in to. We provide substantial support to them throughout the long process, on everything from getting a bank loan to learning what to do if a hen isn’t feeling well and needs extra attention.
We are very proud of our farm families and look forward to expanding even closer to the rest of our customers soon.
Where would you like to see a Nellie’s farm? Let us know in the comments below!
Good morning, wondering why Shaws in Melrose, MA not currently carrying Nellies?
Hi Diana. So sorry to hear you haven't been able to find Nellie's in your local Shaw's recently. Unfortunately, out of stocks have been pretty common recently but, rest assured, they should still carry our eggs and be getting those shelves restocked with Nellie's over the next couple weeks. Keep an eye out and please shoot an email to [email protected] if you continue to have difficulty finding them.
Hello Nellie, been buying the cheaper reasonable brand for about a year now(i was going to post the brand , but i think that may be rude)...I stumbled upon your brand in walmart by me and decided to give you a try..Wow!!..there is and was a great big difference with everything that im used to with the junky eggs i have been eating..from taste to everything ..I am definately seeing a difference..I have been experiencing an allergy increase from the other eggs, and amongst other issues..but i am happy to say that they are going away..and im feeling the difference ...Thank You so much for having happy healthy eggs..
Hi Sherry. It's messages like yours that make us stop and smile. Thank you for choosing our free range eggs and for taking the time to let us know that you noticed a difference. We're working hard to educate folks on why it is important to choose eggs from small family farms that are Certified Humane, and we're glad to hear that you feel the same way. We'll make sure to let our hard working, small family farmers know your thoughts and we'll let the girls know what a great job they are doing too!
Thank you for raising and keeping your hens in a good environment. There is nothing sadder than the way some (too many I'm afraid) farm animals are being abused nowadays. I wish you had a video tour of one (or more) of your farms!
It's folks like you who make a difference as consumers, Marcia. Thank you so much for supporting us and our commitment to humane practices. A video tour of some of our farms sounds like a fantastic idea, and we'll pass it along to the rest of the team to see what they think! If you're ever in our neck of the woods, we would love to have you join an in person tour as well!
You need to add UT to your map as I'm now finding them in several stores here and very pleased to purchase eggs where the chickens were able to roam freely. Thanks!
We're so excited to hear this, Missie! If it's not too much trouble, do you mind sending us an email at [email protected] with any of your local stores that carry our eggs? We'd like to get them on our store locator so that others in your area know where to buy them, too!
Where can I buy Nellie's eggs in Seattle
Hi Bain, our eggs are not yet available in many locations in Seattle, but it looks like you can find them at the County Market in Woodinville. Be sure to keep an eye on our store finder as we add new locations in your area: https://www.nelliesfreerange.com/where-to-buy-free-range-eggs.
I can remember as an 11 year old boy 60 years back getting pecked by the brooding hens as I grabbed the eggs from under the hens.
Now just get Nellie's eggs . Just as good without the stress and bandaid !!!!
What a funny (and hopefully not too traumatizing!) memory, Ron. We're glad that we can provide you with eggs without all the fuss!
Hi Wella! Nellie hasn't made her way down to South Carolina yet, but we do sell our eggs in grocery stores throughout the state. Feel free to give our store locator a whirl to see where you can pick up a carton: https://www.nelliesfreerange.com/where-to-buy-free-range-eggs.