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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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.
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