Tillamook’s Zweifel Eggs in high demand

The farm has gone to the chickens—literally. Outside her front window, Pam Zweifel sees thousands of chickens roaming their pasture, scratching the soil and gleaming with good health.

She can also see her husband, Larry, zipping around in the farm collecting the 1,700 eggs the hens lay each day. Larry runs the eggs through a commercial egg-washing machine, puts them in cartons and sends them off with his delivery van daily to some of the top end restaurants and bakeries on the Oregon Coast.

Zweifel Egg Farm

Egg washing in action.

Coasties and visitors alike flock to purchase the eggs.

“‘You’ve got the best eggs I’ve ever eaten.’ We hear that one all the time,” said Pam.

The Zweifels are retired Tillamook dairy farmers. Six years ago, Larry decided it was time to focus on his true farming passion—poultry. He began his farming career as a teenage with 800 laying hens for an FFA project.

He met Pam, the granddaughter of poultry industry legend J.A. Hanson, when they were college students at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Zweifel Farms

Zweifel Farms

After marrying they returned to Larry’s family’s dairy—the cheese and milk market were more stable than the egg market at that time.

When Larry retired from milking cows, his thoughts turned once more to raising hens. He dreamed of a fully pastured poultry farm and began building chicken coops on the frames of old trailers. Today, the hens roam freely, eating insects and worms and laying enormous eggs.

Zweifel Eggs

The day’s collection, waiting to be washed.

After 49 years being married to Larry, Pam said she enjoys seeing him fulfill his dreams.

“He’s out there every day. And he loves it.”

For a list of stores to purchase Zweifel Farm’s Eggs, visit their website.

Denise Porter
Denise Porter is a freelance writer and photographer living in Tillamook, Oregon. She is proud to be from a generational Tillamook dairy farm family. Denise crafts feature stories and takes especial delight writing about farmers and their families. She and her husband have a small acreage farm where they grow berries and vegetables as well as raising pigs, chickens and cattle.

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