Jacksonville – Bethesda Farm, the first non-exempt USDA Organic egg-producing farm in Florida, now offers its super-premium quality eggs at Whole Foods Markets in the Florida region. Established in 2015, the farm also supplies its organic, pasture-raised eggs to Whole Foods Markets in the South region under the “World’s Best Eggs” label.
“One of our guiding principles at Bethesda Farm is ‘the chicken comes first, then the egg,'” says Jack Hellein who oversees product development. “We are very proud to meet 100% of Whole Food’s new ‘Mobile Houses on Pasture’ specifications.”
By developing two separate “pasture-raised” specifications, Whole Foods demonstrates it leadership to provide the choice of the highest quality products to its customers. Bethesda Farm’s commitment to producing USDA 100 percent Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified eggs from humanely-treated hens made the “mobile houses on pasture” specification a natural fit.
“We believe that the only true way to treat hens humanely is to allow them to live as they would in nature,” Jack says. “That means living outdoors with plenty of green pasture and shelter from predators and bad weather.” Hens at Bethesda Farm eat grass and bugs from the pasture in addition to receiving freshly-ground organic and Non-GMO Project feed.
What’s Different about “Mobile Houses on Pasture?”
“Mobile Houses on Pasture” is one of Whole Food’s two “pasture-raised” standards. Unique requirements of “Mobile Houses on Pasture” (contrasted to Whole Foods “Pasture-Raised” specification) include:
- Hens live outdoors with mobile houses for shelter (“Pasture-Raised” birds live in permanent housing with access to grassland or rangeland throughout the day)
- 75% vegetative cover is maintained on grassland or hens have continuous access to rangeland environments (compared to 50 percent for “Pasture-Raised”)
- Shade and cover must accommodate all birds in the flock (75% shade and cover for “Pasture-Raised”)
- No beak trimming permitted (“Pasture-Raised” permits beak trimming).
Bethesda Farm Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs Available Soy-Free
We are please to produce two types of eggs. Both are super healthy, USDA 100% Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. Our soy-free eggs are perfect for people with soy allergies or who are avoiding soy in the food they eat. The hens laying the soy-free eggs receive feed containing no soy. Instead, they receive their protein from fish meal and other sources.
For the Best Organic, Non-GMO Project, Pasture-Raised Eggs, Ask for Bethesda Farm at Your Local Whole Foods.