I like eggs and always have. Back in the day when ‘they’ were trying to tell people that eggs were bad for them, as well as butter, it never made sense to me. Eggs are a natural food. Butter is a natural food. Margarine is unnatural. So I ignored them, stuck with butter, and kept eating eggs and feeding them to my family.
A few weeks ago I’d read one or two stories on the ‘Net about the bird flu but the tone in those early stories was basically not to worry too much; we’d still have turkeys for Thanksgiving and the consumer wouldn’t get hit by egg price increases very much. After Memorial Day, at the local grocery store, a Shop & Save, I was quite shocked to see Hillandale Farm eggs priced at 4.39 for 18 eggs, and one dozen eggs, that usually cost 1.99, up to 2.99.
I checked the dollar store close to me and their dozen was up to 2.75, using a different supplier.
I mentioned this to a neighbor, who is on a restricted diet allowing her to eat only poultry, eggs, fish very rarely, and never any meat, alongside her grains, fruits, and vegetables. She got very concerned and said that she and her husband would head to the Aldi store that very day to stock up.
We have an Aldi in a local town but I’d never shopped there as yet. I usually just shop around the sales at the local store, and occasionally go to Walmart. Well, when she came by later in the day to tell me that Aldi’s eggs were 1.35 ( versus the local store’s rapid rise to 2.99) I decided to make the trip the next day! On the day that she went, they were restricting the purchase to 3 dozen. On the day that I went, they simply had a notice that they had the right to restrict.
Having never been to an Aldi store, I went online first, since I had heard that you had to bring your own shopping bags or purchase them there. Yes, and be sure to have a quarter for the cart, though when you return the cart you get your quarter back. You must have cash or a bank card…they don’t take credit cards or checks.
This local Aldi’s facility was much smaller than I expected it to be. There’s a limited selection but the prices were amazing. I have returned there since then, and their eggs are now up to 1.89 per dozen.
Their supplier indicates that their chickens have no growth hormones.
AND the carton is blessed :) See the Bible verse inside from their supplier ?
It is interesting to research how Aldi’s stores keeps their prices so low…which I did.
It is disturbing and frightening to think that we could have a shortage of eggs in this country soon. Until I read up on this a bit I did not realize that eggs are even used in vaccines and medicines. And then when one thinks of the poor birds themselves, the farmers having to slaughter if the flu is found in their flock….it’s probably a good thing to keep this situation in prayer. Aside from eating a few eggs for breakfast, we need them and use them in so many ways in our kitchens…our food supply chain as it stands now, if we do not have our own little farm, which most of us do not, is not a comforting thought.
An update to this post: the very next morning after I posted, the supplier Hillandale Farms, which I mentioned earlier, is all over the news. Every major news outlets on the Internet has a story in regards to the Humane Society charging them with inhumane and filthy conditions at one of their farms. For an example here is a TIME story.