- 765 ratings
- August 25th 2020
by Ballantine Books
(first published August 2020)
- Born: The United States.
- Description: Sarah Frey is founding farmer and CEO of Frey Farms. Sarah was born in Southern Illinois and raised in the small farming community of Orchardville.
At age 16, Sarah was determined to escape rural poverty and started a fresh produce delivery business out of the back of an old pickup truck. After a hardscrabble adolescence, she learned to survive and eventually thrive off the land on which she was raised.
As a teenager, with a healthy dose of moxie, she began negotiating fresh produce deals with the nation's largest retailers. Nearly two decades later, the family business manages thousands of acres of fruit and vegetables on farms in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia.
Dubbed "America's Pumpkin Queen" by the New York Times, she sells millions of pumpkins annually. Her humble beginnings and early life on the farm inspired her to develop "Sarah's Homegrown," a line of fresh beverages and natural food products made from unmarketable or "ugly fruit."
Sarah is a vocal advocate for American farmers and has a longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the nation's most rural communities. Sarah still lives, works and is raising her two sons, William and Luke, on the same small farm where she grew up.