Medina County Farmer's Exchange

As the economic hub for rural Medina, farmers bought and sold their tools of trade. In 1904, horsepower drove the farmer’s production; making the trip to the county center at the Farmer’s Exchange involve a day’s planning and a day’s travel. The farmer’s saddled up their horses and took a cart filled with their goods to the Exchange. The Exchange offered services that could change raw materials into a product by milling that could be used at home. For example the Farmers exchange milled grain into flour; this way the farmers could take it home to use it at home. The Farmer’s Exchange didn't just help farmers in Medina county, it assisted Farmers all over the state as well. The railroad next to where the Farmer’s Exchange was built, provided a system of imports and exports that the farmers could use to sell and buy material.

As years went by, The Farmer’s Exchange became less and less important. Farmers now got their horsepower in the form of tractors instead of horses. Farmers traded on their own; they took their tractor and drove their goods to other farms. Farmers didn’t need a Farmer’s Exchange to ship their goods for them. Also, instead of trading goods to get a tractor at the Farmer’s Exchange, farmers could now buy a tractor at a tractor dealership for a much lower price. The number of farms in the county declined as well. The population increase caused many farms to be turned into neighborhoods to support the growing community. Even today, the Farmer’s Exchange is only used as a store to sell food and supplies for outdoor pets. The Farmer’s Exchange shows how our little town of Medina changed into the suburb it has become today.

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Farms of Medina

Farms of Medina

This is a farm located on Reimer Road, in the rural area of Medina County. It has been in use for over 60 years. There were many farms like these that contributed to the farmers exchange. Farms like this would create many crops like wheat, grain, soybeans, corn, and many other crops. Specifically, this farm took the raw grain and brought it to the Farmers Exchange for it to be milled into flour. Image courtesy of Jacob Vogelgesang View File Details Page

Medina County Farmer's Exchange Fire

Medina County Farmer's Exchange Fire

In the 1950s a large fire struck the Medina Farmer's Exchange. The current Exchange you see today is not the one that stood at the turn of the century. The fire likely started when the flammable grains somehow caught on fire. This fire pur the exchange of goods on hold. The farmers of medina relied on this building to trade and create goods. It wasn't soon after the fire that the new Farmer's Exchange would be constructed. Image courtesy of the Medina County Historical Society View File Details Page

Freda Snyder

Freda Snyder

Freda Snyder was the proud owner of the Medina Farmer's Exchange with her husband, Fred. The Snyder's created the Farmer's Exchange in the early 1900s. Freda and Fred both managed the Exchange when they weren't farming on their farm. The Snyder family knew how essential a farmer's exchange would be. They then created the place for trading that has helped the Medina economy for many years. Image courtesy of Medina County Historical Society View File Details Page

Common Tractors of Medina County

Common Tractors of Medina County

This tractor was one of the first tractors to be purchased by many farmers in the late 1940s. This piece of equipment allowed a farmer to speed up work on the farm. Tractors of the time even supported a means of transportation for farmers to get into town without spending a whole day away from the farm. Before tractors were available for purchase, farmers had to rely on horse powered farm equipment. This specific tractor was purchased at a dealership. Image courtesy of Jacob Vogelgesang View File Details Page

Medina County Farmers Exchange Advertisement

Medina County Farmers Exchange Advertisement

This was an advertisement in the Medina High School yearbook of 1966. For this to be in a yearbook of the youth, you can visualize how Medina was related to farming. This advertisement was made to influence to the common attendant of the high school to bring their crops to the Medina Farmers Exchange. This business was a very big part of everyday life in Medina, so much so that the company wanted to get the attention of all the residents of Medina one way or another. Image courtesy of Medina High School Yearbook of 1966 View File Details Page

Audio

Audio of Glen Hoerger; A Local Farmer

In this audio file the speaker, Glen Hoerger, talked about how he used the farmers exchange to trade his grain for flour. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Jacob Vogelgesang and Jason Petri, “Medina County Farmer's Exchange,” Discover Medina, accessed April 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/253.

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