Egg shell color is primarily determined by genetics. Environmental conditions (weather, variations in diet) can also contribute. The hens at Bethesda Farm are all one “red” breed: some produce brown eggs and some produce white eggs.
The egg industry has sometimes fostered the perception that brown eggs are healthier or more natural than white eggs. At Bethesda Farm, we make no attempt to promote this inaccurate perception. All of our eggs, brown or white, come from pasture-raised hens that live outdoors with continuous access to grass and natural sources of protein such as bugs, are humanely treated, and receive only USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project, freshly ground feed.