Childhood business gains popularity at Louisville grocery stores
Chances are you've seen their eggs at your local grocery store. For many customers, it's the only they buy. The humble story behind this brother and sister business is not the only quality that sets their product a part from the rest.
PLEASUREVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chances are you've seen their eggs at your local grocery store. For many customers, it's they're only they buy. The humble story behind this brother and sister business is not the only quality that sets their product a part from the rest.
Hundreds of acres, picturesque views for miles and under the quiet is a booming business. "We are standing at Chelsey's Eggs, one of our locations here in the little town of Pleasureville," Chelsey Schlosnagle said.
At 26 years old, Schlosnagle has basically been in business all her life. "Being four or five years old, my parents really just wanted to get me and Jared, me and my little brother, a flock of hens," Schlosnagle said.
"They got 12 hens. We coaxed them a little. We said the next year, 'y'all want 50?' and they said, yeah,'" says Chelsey's mother, Susan Schlosnagle.
They were a family of tobacco farmers. A project in the late 90s turned into so much more. "It's taught us work ethic and you have your little squalls whatever but it all works out in the long run," Jared Schlosnagle said.
"Chickens lay a lot of eggs. We had too many. So, we started taking them to friends and neighbors at church and we just kept getting more chickens," Chelsey said.
Friends and neighbors turned into a restaurant and stores. "Somebody from Whole Foods named Ann and I would love to find her some day and thank her, but she called us and wanted to know if we had some eggs to bring her and she was just really starting to take off with the whole local food movement when it was first taking place in Louisville and she wanted to offer her customers in the dairy section of Whole Foods a local Kentucky Proud egg," Chelsey said.
15 years later and with weekly trips into town, Chelsey's Eggs are among the most popular items at Whole Foods. "They [customers] could see the yolk color difference, the egg white difference," Chelsey said.
It all goes back to the farm where they came from. "We've got this field that I'm standing in right now that our hens have access to. There's not a fence that our hens hit until way down that field and over there and I think we've calculated, we've got like 200 square feet of space per hen if they took advantage of it," Chelsey said.
They're pasture raised. "We are doing our best to make these eggs as good as we can do it."
According to Chelsey, their eggs have higher levels of Omega-3s, beta-Carotene and Vitamin A. "It's as natural as it gets," Jared Schlosnagle said.
"They're happy chickens. Everybody likes to buy their eggs from happy chickens," Chelsey Schlosnagle said.
Chelsey moved into a new barn last year, keeping with their non organic theme. "We don't want the prices to go up on our customers. We want to support other farmers here in our area and a lot of those farmers are growing the non-GMO grains for the bourbon industry," Chelsey said.
Chelsey and Jared plan to merge the branding of her eggs and Jared's Grass-Fed Beef, manage the nutrition of their pastures and bring customers out to see their operation.
"We try to maintain a pretty open lines of communication with everybody that buys the eggs. which is a lot of people. but we're working on it."
From the produce section to the pasture. "This is where I was born. This is where I was raised and this is where I want to be."
They're working hard to create a one of a kind product and make the family proud. "My grandparents, parents, everyone in my whole family has been working to have this family farm and it's me and Jared and I figure we really have to keep this going because this is something that's rare today."
Some eggs are shades of green, blue and pink. The Schlosnagles said that depends on the type of chicken.
To schedule a visit or for questions about Chelsey's Eggs, email Chelsey or call (502) 257-2084.
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