Friday, April 3, 2015

This is Brian Steinberg whom we affectionately nick-named our “Professor of Feedology” pictured here in his laboratory/feed mill at The Country Hen.  Our hens consider themselves to be the “cluckiest” chickens in the world because they are favored to dine exclusively on the proprietary cuisine and culinary delights prepared for them by the loving hands of master chefs Brian and Miguel. Brian and Miguel are responsible for making 60 - 80 tons of feed per week for only The Country Hen’s chickens to enjoy.

                I have taken the liberty of acquiring a quote from a   Farm News insert featuring Brian issued back in 2003. The paragraph taken from that insert was titled “High Standards” and reads as follows:

                “One of my jobs as the mill operator is to check the quality and content of our raw ingredients when the deliveries come in. We set high standards for our grain. I have on occasion taken a little home for my own consumption.”

                I chose to resurrect this statement in particular because it speaks volumes about the quality of non-GMO ingredients that make up the feed we give to our beloved hens. Knowing what your hens are eating is one thing, being willing to eat what we feed them, now that says a lot!
This is Brian doing his impersonation of “Spiderman” demonstrating how high our feed standards really are! It would be fun if we could talk him into doing an impersonation of Luciano Pavarotti singing the Neopolitan favorite “oh SILO mio” while he’s working up there.
Now I would like to share one of Master Chef Brian Steinberg’s best recipes to make eggs:  Add 1 pound of TCH proprietary formula, Non-GMO, certified organic feed to chicken. Wait 20 – 27 hours. Enjoy delicious omega 3 enriched, organic egg!
One of the most frequent questions we answer is; “Is your feed non-GMO?”   The Country Hen’s proprietary feed is certified organic.  To be certified this way, it has to be free of GMOs.  That being said, our farmers are aware of the dangers of cross contamination between GMO and non-GMO crops.  They are committed to preserving the non-GMO purity of their crops through the management of isolation distances, planting dates, and wind directions.  The website states: “USDA Organic is not failsafe….but remains one of the best and most easily-identifiable ways of assuring that you are eating GMO-free foods most of the time."
I am particularly amused by the latest “trend” of avoiding GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and the way the media portrays Non-GMO as if it was a new concept only recently discovered when it was in fact the way of life just a few generations ago.          
The concept of pure, organic, poison-free foods is not new to us here at The Country Hen. We have been providing pure organic eggs for more than a quarter of a century now. Our founder, George Bass made it his mission to eliminate all risk of pesticide poisons in our eggs after an acquaintance of his who was a gardener by trade actually died from accidental poisoning by pesticides used in the vegetable garden.  We are certified organic and this means we do not ever use antibiotics, no special breeding, no hormones, and no additives like artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives.  Even our packaging is environmentally responsible made from 100% recycled fibers as are our Farm News inserts. Not many people know this but even the ink used in the newsletters is soy based to prevent any chance of harmful ink from coming into contact with the eggs! George really thought of everything.
We hope you continue to enjoy our exceptional eggs in good health.

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