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An Easter Message from Sparboe Farms President Beth Schnell

Today the below message ran in the Independent Review – the local paper in our hometown, Litchfield, MN.

Finally, after another long Minnesota winter, spring is just around the corner. This week, bunnies, baskets and eggs are top of mind as families prepare for Easter. Eggs are always on our mind at Sparboe Farms!

At Easter, when many families are purchasing eggs for Easter activities, we make sure there are plenty of farm fresh eggs for our customers to color and enjoy. Our hens and employees work hard to keep eggs on grocery store shelves all across the Midwest and we appreciate our loyal customers who choose to buy local eggs from Sparboe Farms.

Sparboe Farms was founded in 1954, and like Litchfield, we have changed and grown over six decades. We support local businesses and employ over 100 people in central Minnesota. We strive to be a good neighbor through responsible farming practices and environmental stewardship.

Over the years, we have contributed to the Litchfield community in many ways. We have also donated millions of eggs to food shelves throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado through our monthly pallet donations. Organizations like Feeding America constantly seek egg donations since eggs are a wonderful, low cost source of protein.

Farmers today (including those farmers in the Litchfield community) are producing more quality food, using fewer resources than ever before. For example, in one year, the Prairie Farm in Litchfield produced enough eggs to feed nearly 1.5 million people in Minnesota. The manure from our farms is used as fertilizer for local crops, and in turn, we buy our chicken feed from a local mill.

Our commitment to Litchfield is clear as we reinvest in our Prairie Farm on east U.S. Highway 12, which was originally constructed 40 years ago. This multi-year, multi-million dollar project began in 2011 with the construction of a water treatment plant that treats wash water from our farm and our reinvestment does not end there.

You may have noticed that some of the original barns have been demolished. This is to make room for the first new barn, which will be one of the most modern hen housing systems in Minnesota. The new farm will have improved work spaces for our employees and enhanced housing for our hens. The renovations are being designed with best in class plans for food safety, the environment, and energy efficiency. We are very excited about these big changes at the Prairie Farm.

We want to wish you a happy Easter, and as you get together this holiday weekend, we hope you enjoy dyeing, decorating and eating eggs with your family!

Beth Schnell

President of Sparboe Farms

The link to the article is here

By |March 28th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Gordy’s Easter Contest tests shoppers’ math skills

Today and tomorrow, Gordy’s Guru and Henrietta Hen will be on site at 4 Gordy’s stores in Wisconsin with the Gordy’s Grocery Getter – a Honda Fit. It’s stuffed full of Sparboe Farms egg cartons and shoppers have the opportunity to guess how many eggs fit in the ‘Fit’ to win a year’s worth of free egg! Elias and Britta were on site at the downtown Chippewa Falls store this morning and we got a bunch of guesses! To make things even more fun, Gordy’s is running a red-hot promotion on eggs – only $0.68 for a dozen large Sparboe Farms eggs.

To learn more about Gordy’s, find them on Facebook or visit their website:

http://www.gordyscountymarket.net

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By |March 28th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Today is Colorado Agriculture Day!

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Today is Colorado Agriculture Day at the State Capitol! It’s intended to share the value of agriculture to Colorado’s economy, emphasize the importance of buying local and share in the bounty that agriculture creates with those in need. There are many events today, including a food/monetary donation to the Food Bank of the Rockies and a Farm to Fork Cook Competition which is headed up by our very own employee, David! We are happy to be a Colorado farmer and excited to celebrate today! #COAgDay

By |March 19th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Sparboe Farms supports the 2013 Variety telethon to help Iowa special needs children

This past weekend was the annual Variety telethon where volunteers help raise money for Variety – the Childrens Charity. The charity’s goal is to support Iowa kids with needs – from a new wheelchair to a camp scholarship to a backpack filled with back to school supplies. And since 1975, they’ve raised more than $90 million dollars for this worthy cause. Sparboe’s own Sheila Baker has been a participant in this Charity and is proud to feed the hungry volunteers Sparboe Farms eggs on Sunday morning. Thank you to Sheila for the late night cracking eggs and early morning preparing our perfect protein! If you want to learn more about Variety, visit their website: http://www.varietyiowa.com/

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By |March 12th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

We filled the truck! Sparboe Farms will donate nearly 20,000 eggs to families in need

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YES! We filled the truck and will be donating a truckload of eggs to the Iowa Food Bank Association!

As a thank you for helping us with this great cause, Fareway is featuring Sparboe Farms large 18 ct eggs at $1.49! What a deal!

By |March 6th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Tune into the Lifetime Network tomorrow for a segment on everything eggs!

Do you have the Lifetime Network? Tune in tomorrow (Tuesday) to Lifetime’s The Balancing Act. Our President Beth Schnell will be on talking everything eggs! The show airs at 6 am CST.

If you go to our homepage, you can see a teaser for the segment!

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By |February 18th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Eggs Around the World

Sparboe Farms was contacted by the Iowa State Fair Food Department and we were asked if we wanted to sponsor an egg contest and we said YES! Our contest is going to be “Eggs Around the World”

Here’s the description of the contest:

Eggs are an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein and are eaten by people all over the world. Each culture has their own ways of using eggs in meals throughout the day. Sparboe Farms, your local Iowa egg farmer, wants to know what your favorite internationally inspired egg dish is! We appreciate your participation in our contest and your support of Sparboe Farms – you can find Sparboe Farms brand eggs at your local grocery and convenience stores in Iowa.

Rules: Recipes must use at least 3 eggs and be inspired from an international recipe. Entries will be judged on taste (35%) presentation (35%) and creativity/international inspiration (30%) with cash prizes going to the top 3 entries. All entrants’ recipes will be featured in Sparboe’s recipe section at www.sparboe.com

The Iowa State Fair is in Des Moines, IA and runs from August 8-18, 2013. If you live in Iowa, stay tuned to find out when our contest will take place and stop by and see what we’re sure will be an amazing bunch of entries!

By |February 11th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

We’re 75% of the way there on “Fill the Truck”

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We are excited to announce that we are 75% of the way to filling the truck! As a reminder, this campaign is with our customer, Fareway, and together we are donating a truckload of eggs to the Iowa Food Bank Association to feed families in need.

The campaign has been mentioned in TV, radio and print media outlets and was even mentioned in our industry publication put out by CEAM and The Shelby Report, which is a grocery industry publication.

If you live near a Fareway, help us get that last 25% and purchase a dozen eggs so that we can make this important donation to the community in Iowa.

By |February 8th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

“Fill the Truck” campaign kicks off today!

SPARBOE FARMS PARTNERS WITH FAREWAY STORES TO FILL THE TRUCK!

Sparboe Farms is honored to partner with Fareway Stores on a donation initiative providing eggs to families in need.

Des Moines, Iowa January 7, 2013 – Beginning on January 8, 2013, with any size carton of Sparboe Farms eggs purchased at any Fareway store, Sparboe Farms will donate eggs through the Iowa Food Bank Association, which supports many of the communities where Fareway has stores. The goal is to fill an entire semi-truck with eggs – that is nearly 20,000 dozen eggs!

Many local families are unable to feed their families fresh food, especially in the winter months. Fresh eggs are the perfect protein, providing healthy nutrition and, with a low glycemic index, they help you feel fuller longer.

Giving back to the community is a core value for both Sparboe Farms and Fareway Stores. They are excited to work together to feed so many families.

About Sparboe Farms: Sparboe Farms is a family-owned Midwestern company that has been producing fresh shell eggs and egg products since 1954. With farms in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado we are proud to provide nutritious, wholesome and affordable eggs to feed America’s families.

Find more information at www.sparboe.com, www.fareway.com, www.iowafba.org or on these company’s respective Facebook pages.

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By |January 7th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments

Sparboe Farms to be on Lifetime Network’s “The Balancing Act” morning show

Today our President, Beth Schnell, filmed a short segment all about EGGS for a Lifetime Network show called “The Balancing Act” What a cool opportunity!! Can’t wait for it to air next month! Check out the Balancing Act’s website here

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By |January 4th, 2013|Sparboe News|0 Comments