Every Wednesday and Saturday from April 30 to October 29, the Pony Express Farmers’ Market sets up shop at the East Hills Mall between the hours of 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors are local farmers and artisans that make all of their own products to sell to the community. 

In grocery stores, produce could be sitting out for weeks. At the Pony Express Farmers’ Market, consumers are able to find the freshest food grown by local farmers. The Pony Express Farmers’ Market was established in 1998 with the goal of connecting local farmers and artisans with the local community. 

This past Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, the Pony Express Farmers’ Market’s president, Ryan Frakes, attended the Farmers’ Market as a vendor for his family farm, L&R Farms. Frakes has been involved in the Pony Express Farmers’ Market since 1999. 

When asked how he got involved in the Pony Express Farmers’ Market, Frakes shared that after the flooding in 1993, his farm and home were damaged, which is when his family decided to try something new.

“We lost a lot of our crops that year, it tore our house up, and we decided to diversify,” Frakes said. “We started gardening as another source of income and then it’s kind of just taken off.”

Frakes and his family have brought their produce to the Pony Express Farmers’ Market ever since.

As most know, farmers are hard workers. They work year round to make sure that they are creating the best possible produce for their community. Frakes shared that in the summer, it takes up to a couple days to harvest all of their produce, maintaining that they only sell their freshest food.

The Pony Express Farmers’ Market is a great way to showcase local farmers who grow their food and connect farmers with consumers.

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