Care and Pride Go Into Our Eggs

by United Egg Producers Certified | Jan 22, 2020
“We strive to be the best we can be and produce the absolute best product we can.” Bryce McCory always loved animals and grew up in a family that spent a lot of time talking about eggs. Rose Acre Farms was founded in the 1930s by David Rust who sold eggs to grocery store chains in Indianapolis. The grocery stores grew in size and number, and Rose Acre Farms followed suit. The company grew and today has multiple facilities in eight states.

McCory is one of several third-generation family members working at Rose Acre Farms. He joined the family farm after graduating with a degree in animal science from Purdue University. Currently two years into a five-year emerging leaders’ program, McCory is spending time in every area of the farm. So far working with the hens is his favorite place.  But the job is 24/7 and not always easy. According to McCory, “you can’t let titles get in the way.  Everyone pitches in and helps.”

Traveling to different farms and meeting different people also been a highlight for McCory.

He always planned on working for the family. “Nothing was as compelling as going back to the farm – this was always my goal.” McCory sees several benefits of working with family. “Everyone cares a lot and has a strong motivation to succeed. Working together has challenges, but it is rewarding to work together and fun.”

The family openly displays their faith with Bible verses on the Rose Acre website and its egg cartons.  Often meetings begin with the Lord’s Prayer.

There are many challenges in egg farming. McCory sees striving to maintain a positive culture and giving workers the tools to make their jobs easier as one challenge.  Another is keeping up with many regulations that frequently change.

What is McCory’s message to consumers?  “I want them to know how much care and pride go into our eggs.  We strive to be the best we can be and produce the absolute best product we can. I love the egg industry and am  committed and look forward to challenges, fun and lots of opportunity.”

“I have one of the best jobs in the world, helping to produce an important food to feed people.”

Rose AcreTM Recipe of the Month

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chunk, or your preference
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.
  2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.
  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).
  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavor and deeper color, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavor will be.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10 cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.
  8. Cool completely before serving.
"This is the day which the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24