Meet Our Growers - Wade & Brian Foust
Meet the Faces Behind the Eggs
Meet Wade and Brian Foust. This father and son duo have been raising laying hens for 19 years just outside of Liberty, North Carolina. Although they are in their 19th year of poultry farming, Brian is the fourth-generation of their family farm. The family has been a partner grower with Braswell Family Farms for a year and we are happy to have them on board!
At the Foust’s farm, you will find four certified cage free organic hen houses. Two of the four houses have certified organic hens, which is determined by the feed the hens are fed and the environment in which they live. Each day, Wade and Brian feed the hens at 4:30 a.m., followed by collecting eggs at 5 a.m. At 7 a.m., the father and son walk through each house to pick up any remaining eggs and check on the hens to ensure they are healthy and thriving. The day continues like the morning, with the hens being fed six times a day, four of which are in the morning. After all, the early bird gets the worm!
Wade and Brian enjoy the routine nature that comes with egg farming. In addition to their four hen houses, Wade and Brian grow organic grain and corn that they sell to our feed mill. They also have 18 goats and 13 kids, or baby goats, and a few cows.
In his free time, you can find Brian in the pasture with the cows and goats. Wade, on the contrary, says that if he gets any free time, it’s spent sleeping!
As for their eggs, Wade and Brian both prefer them over easy. But sometimes when they’re lucky, Wade’s wife, Judy, will make her famous carrot cake. Yum!