Casaccio Egg Farm might have been Wyndham’s “hidden little secret” since 1966 – but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more popular and essential than ever.
The family-owned and run business has a proud history in the local community, spanning 54 years.
From humble beginnings with a small flock of 2000 hens in their backyard farm, Casaccio Egg Farm has expanded its flocks and developed environmentally-friendly automated hen-houses, free-range systems and a state-of-the-art grading floor.
Managing director Lina Casaccio-Sfetcopoulos, a third generation egg farmer, says word of the farm’s products spread and demand sky-rocketed earlier this year at the peak of the COVID-19 emergency.
“When the coronavirus hit two months ago and people went into panic buying mode, we were inundated with customers at our farm produce store in Werribee,” Lina said.
She says new customers flocked to the farmgate store after a Facebook post, encouraging people to shop for eggs locally at the farm, went viral.
“The post got shared out nearly 200 times and our ‘hidden little secret’ egg farm was no longer Melbourne’s best kept secret,” Lina says.
“We couldn’t keep up with the demand and had long queues of people waiting to get their hands on our eggs.
“We want to thank our local community for their continued support … We endeavour to provide you with the best quality eggs and a positive experience when you walk through the door.”
Lina says the business is doing its best to keep up with demand and has launched a convenient, safe and contactless online delivery service.
“The response from our community has been overwhelming.
“Farmers are working seven days a week and extremely long hours to ensure their customers receive their orders during this challenging time. The beautiful staff at Casaccio Egg Farm are working above and beyond to provide their product and fulfil your needs.
“There have been some changes with how we operate on the farm and we ask that customers be flexible, considerate and understanding.”
Managers of the farm produce store Emma Casaccio-Adamo and Nicole Casaccio, always welcome their customers with a warm smile and a helping-hand. The Casaccio Family have built their farm on a strong foundation of traditional family values passed down and strengthened through the generations. Jasmine Adamo, a fourth generation family member, is also showing a keen interest in the future of the farm. The family-run business continues to be united under the guidance of parents Paul and Josie Casaccio.