What; Egg Grading
Where; retail store/viewing area
Why; educational, customer service
When; Fridays @ 11 a.m.
Of course our eggs begin with the hen herself, and at this time
our farmers are raising the Road Island Reds, Dominiques and Araucanas.
Depending on how many hens our farmers have at any given time we
have a steady supply of fresh assorted colors of brown, white and
light green eggs daily.
These eggs are gathered, washed, sanitized, dried and, put through
a rigorous inspection to meet the Department of Agriculture, State
of Hawaii standards, before being boxed for sale at Kona Pacific
Farmers Coop retail facility.
The eggs must first be gauged for quality. This is done by holding
the egg upside down (larger end up) and rotating it around in front
of a strong light known as an egg candler. This enables you to locate
the air cell inside the egg, measure the cell with the egg air cell
guage, and to determine the egg's quality of A, AA or B. By checking
this cell with the egg air cell guage you can determine that you
are receiving fresh quality product.