Farm-fresh eggs have long been a popular choice for consumers looking to support local farms, and an inexpensive source of high-quality protein. Eggs have a relatively low cost of entry for diversified farmers looking to add a new small-scale enterprise. While demand is generally high, farmers have often found limited profitability due to lack of efficiency in production and high feed costs. As a result, many diversified farmers experiment with selling eggs for a period of time but not many have scaled up to a commercial level. Significant opportunity exists for Vermont farmers to expand their egg operations in a way that is complementary to their other products and markets.
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