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Sarah Frey

Sarah Frey

Keynote Speaker: CEO, Founding Farmer of Frey Farms, Author & Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Sarah Frey Biography

Sarah Frey is the founder and CEO of Frey Farms, a Certified Woman- Owned Agribusiness headquartered in southern Illinois. Frey Farms is a leading US grower, shipper and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables. Frey also oversees the diverse operations of the Frey family of companies to include land acquisition, regenerative agriculture initiatives, raw ingredient manufacturing and a full-scale beverage business. The Sarah’s Homegrown brand of produce and beverages are distributed across the US from over 200 cold-chain distribution centers, in both retail grocery and foodservice.

Frey has been described by the New York Times as America’s Pumpkin Queen. “Ms. Frey, crushes any image you may have of a pumpkin farmer. She has a taste for fedoras and an impressive collection of boots in her closet. She also has farmland in seven states and millions of dollars in produce contracts in her desk drawer” says Kim Severson, food editor for the NYT.

Frey Farms is best known as being America’s largest producer of fresh pumpkins; but watermelons are, in fact, their top commodity. Frey founded Tsamma (sah-mah) watermelon juice, which was the first watermelon juice distributed nationally; and is the author of the best-selling book, “The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life – and Saved an American Farm,” published by Random House in August of 2020. “The Growing Season” has been optioned for film with Frey serving as the Co-Executive Producer.

Frey’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured at the young age of eight, while accompanying her mother on a summer produce route selling direct to grocery retailers in southern Illinois. The summer she turned 16, Frey took over the produce route and expanded it from 12 independent grocery stores to over 150 - then purchased her family’s small 100-acre farm. Bootstrapping her way out of rural poverty, She ran her full-time business while attending high school and college simultaneously. At age 19, Frey negotiated with Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, and successfully secured fresh produce contracts, turning her vision into reality with an expansive growth into retail grocery that enabled her to bring her four older brothers back to the family farm and into a now-flourishing business.

Frey serves on many industry-leading association boards and has been appointed by both democratic and republican administrations. She has been highlighted as one of the most influential women in agriculture, serving in bipartisan Ag Advisory roles for multiple members of the US Congress and has provided expert testimony on key issues affecting US food supply. Frey actively advocates for better health initiatives, nutrition policies and economic opportunities on behalf of underserved rural communities. Her companies provide dedicated support and resources to various nonprofits and proudly partners with Feeding America.

Frey still lives on “The Hill” where she and her brothers grew up and is raising her two sons William and Luke. Her efforts continue to better the lives of those living in rural poverty providing professional college advisory assistance and internships to students interested in pursuing higher education with a focus on business and agriculture. Frey attributes her American success story to humble beginnings, hard work and a close family with plenty of Midwestern moxie.

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Sarah Frey Videos

Sarah Frey: Speakers Reel
Sarah Frey shares The Growing Season with RFD TV
GMA3 Interviews Sarah Frey on the Nation's Largest Pumpkin Farm

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Sarah Frey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Business Leadership, Authors, Retail, Leadership, Female Leadership, Women in Business, Influential Women, Health, Entrepreneurship, Food & Beverage, Nutrition, Women's Health, Agriculture, Environment, Environmental Science, Science, Sustainability and Women.

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Sarah Frey generally travels from Keenes, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Sarah Frey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business Leadership, Authors and Retail. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sarah Frey for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Sarah Frey generally travels from Keenes, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jasmine Crowe-Houston, Kate Kavanaugh and Gary Hirshberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sarah Frey for an upcoming event.

Sarah Frey Videos

Sarah Frey: Speakers Reel
Sarah Frey shares The Growing Season with RFD TV
GMA3 Interviews Sarah Frey on the Nation's Largest Pumpkin Farm
Sarah Frey's journey from selling melons to building a multi-state
Sarah Frey Recognized at 2017 Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting

Sarah Frey Reviews

  • From start to the finish, I could not have asked for a better experience. Sarah Frey is an amazing person and an amazing speaker. We love her!!!!! Thank you!
    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. - Feb 02 2023

  • Turfgrass Producers International - Feb 23 2022

Sarah Frey News

  • From ‘scrappy’ to scalable: Sarah Frey of Frey Farms talks growing pumpkins, produce — and profits

    Growing a family farm into a nationally known business takes vision and passion. But the seeds for future success also depend on ingenuity and technology. This combination is what founder and CEO Sarah Frey credits for making Frey Farms what it is today. With operations in seven states, a designation for its Founder as America’s Pumpkin Queen and with juices available in major grocery and restaurant chains, it would seem that Frey Farms is everywhere.

  • Meet America's 44-Year-Old 'Pumpkin Queen'

    Sarah Frey never lacked for confidence. And her positive way of thinking put her on the path to become the "Pumpkin Queen" by starting Frey Farms — the largest U.S. grower of pumpkins.

  • From a difficult childhood to business success in ‘The Growing Season’

    Early in Sarah Frey’s memoir “The Growing Season,” she lets drop that she’s the youngest of 21 children, a fact she had long been embarrassed to admit to her C-Suite peers. “Yes, you read that right: twenty-one,” she writes. This moment reveals both the power of the memoir and one of its weaknesses. Frey is a woman with a potent sense of self and an unmatched ability for inventing and selling herself in a business world often skeptical of or hostile to women, especially those without pedigree or connections. She became head of Frey Farms, a multimillion-dollar business that provides melons, watermelons, and pumpkins to much of America, having lifted herself from a childhood filled with difficulty and deprivation.

  • America’s Pumpkin Queen Has a Request: Don’t Carve, Cook


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