This is a question that I am asking myself since I bought two packages of eggs at the supermarket this past week.  I try to buy cage free eggs and I prefer Eggland Best and Organic Valley, at least until I can get them from a farmer.  Well, upon inspecting these eggs, I was surprised to see one egg on each package (yes, what a coincidence, I thought) that seemed to have been left “unfinished.”  By that I mean that these brown speckled color eggs had one egg that had markings that looked like a coat of paint was not completely applied and were missing their spots or specks.  Now, I don’t know if brown eggs are supposed to have some coloring to make them more attractive to the market, but I certainly felt cheated and disillusioned to see these eggs unfinished.  My thoughts went on this direction:

“Are these real organic eggs?”

“What are they doing now; who can consumers trust these days?”

“Are they getting sloppy?”

“Ooops, somebody ran out of paint.”

“Is it the Easter Bunny’s fault?” (Well, it was Easter after all)

No, seriously, here is a picture of the “unfinished eggs” so you can tell me if this isn’t crazy.  On the left of the picture you have the Organic Valley eggs and on the right of the picture, the EB eggs.  I decided to take the picture before I eat them, and then I decided to write this post.

These are the Organic Valley ones.  It is supposed to look like the one on the right.

Here is the EB and the egg is supposed to look like the one on the right.

Here are two 3 other pics.

I don’t know if coating them is supposed to be a normal practice in this industry, but if it is, I would like it to be a neat one.   What do you think?


I got a comment from a farmer who produces some of the eggs for Organic Valley and he explained the reason for the color variation.  Here is the comment.  I thank Mac for explaining this and for letting us know that these eggs come from small farms and real people, and happy hens.

MacApr 9, 6:30 pm

Hi, I’m one of Organic Valley’s egg producers and happened to run across your blog.  There aren’t any “coatings” applied, except by the hens. The eggs are all natural…  The brown pigment is the last layer of the shell applied by the hen and sometimes it isn’t perfect.  Sometimes they are laid as you see in the photos, other times the brown pigment layer is abnormal in that it doesn’t “adhere” well (for lack of a better term) and may partially be washed away during processing and packaging.  They are still perfectly good eggs.

I appreciate you support of the Organic Valley brand.  We are a cooperative of small family farms and your support of our brand is helping to keep small-scale farms open and is allowing families to keep working the land.

MacApr 9, 6:41 pm

P.S., my wife got a chuckle out of this.  She and I spend a few hours each day out at the hen house packing up eggs.  I told her she needed to start painting them eggs better…