In the United States, about 180 million eggs are purchased each year for Easter.

Easter is right around the corner, meaning that spring is in full swing and growing season for farmers is ready to start, if it hasn’t already. For many, an Easter egg is a symbol for birth and the beginning of life, much like what is done by farmers each year during growing season.

The practice of decorating eggs has been around for many years – possibly as early as 500 A.D. It is estimated that about 180 million eggs are purchased each year in the United States for Easter. Americans celebrating Easter spend about $5.3 billion on food for the holiday. 9 out of 10 people celebrating Easter will also buy candy, totaling at about $2.2 billion.

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