History

Foster Farms has been a family–owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest–quality, best–tasting poultry products available. Travel with us through our history and learn how what started as a small farm back in Modesto, California, grew into the West’s most trusted poultry company.

THE EARLY YEARS THE 1980s THE 1990s 2000 AND BEYOND
1939 1950s 1960s 1973

The Original Farm

A young couple named Max and Verda Foster started Foster Farms in 1939 by borrowing $1,000 against a life insurance policy. They invested in an 80-acre farm near Modesto, California, and began raising turkeys. In the beginning, Max worked at the Modesto newspaper to help support their young business while Verda concentrated on raising healthy chicks. The original hatchery was built right off of their bedroom because the eggs required round-the-clock care. Verda would set a timer to alert her, day or night, when it was time to gently rotate the eggs. The back porch of the Fosters' home became Max's office and the center of activity as they established their business. Soon, Max was able to leave his job at the newspaper to focus full-time on their growing poultry farm.