Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs
Jesse LaFlamme of Pete and Gerry’s Eggs thinks people ought to think twice about the eggs they buy. “Eggs are such an important part of everyone’s diet, so consumers should make an effort to find the best-quality eggs.”
If Jesse has his way, more people will be buying the eggs his family has produced at its farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for four generations. Pete and Gerry’s Eggs, based in Monroe, N.H., produces eggs under the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs brand and the Nellie’s Nest Cage-Free Eggs brand.
The farm has grown and modernized since the late 1800s, when Robert Ward kept dairy cattle and hens there through the early 1900s. His son Les began building a modern poultry farm with his brother-in-law Rodney Stanton in the late 1940s. As they began selling eggs to the New England market, Les and Rodney were careful to maintain the small farm standards that enabled them to produce the freshest, highest-quality eggs, a standard that was continued when the farm passed to the next generation. Today, Les’s son-in-law, Gerry LaFlamme, his son Jesse and Rodney’s son Peter Stanton run the farm.
Pete & Gerry’s eggs are from cage-free hens, given no antibiotics or growth hormones, and fed grains that are free of pesticides and high in flax seed, enriching the eggs with Omega 3 fatty acids. Each egg is carefully inspected twice before being packaged.
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are from chickens that are fed a blend of organically grown corn and soybeans and are certified organic by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture. Nellie’s Nest Cage-Free Eggs are fed natural, vegetarian grain, but are not certified organic.
Environmentalism is one of the bedrock values of Pete and Gerry’s. The company has strong relationships with local organic grain growers. Its egg cartons are made entirely of recycled soda bottle plastic and can be recycled again by customers.
The company recently finished construction of a 450-foot-by-50-foot cage-free barn that allows its hens to wander as they please and lay their morning eggs in nests designed by Gerry.
“Hens are curious, social creatures,” says Jesse, “and a walk through the barn attracts an entourage of hens following and pecking at your feet.”
The company sells both of its brands to retail stores in the Northeastern United States, including Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Hannaford’s, Market Basket, Price Chopper, Pathmark, King Kullen, Key Food stores, Gristidie’s, Sloan’s, Associated Food Stores, Trader Joe’s and numerous other retailers.
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