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Fryer Farm – Small but Fruitful

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Mark Fryer isn’t quite sure what possessed him to grow a fruit orchard in Deweyville.  Perhaps it was his desire to harvest something that would make so many people happy.  Maybe he mistakenly thought apples, peaches and apricots could be considered big cash crops.  Or maybe there was cherry juice flowing through his veins and he was just a product of his own family tree.

It was likely a bit of all three, Mark said.

Fryer Farm, totaling about four acres, may not be the biggest century-old farm in the Bear River Valley, but Mark said he is proud of what is raised there.  “It may be small but it is the same as any other farm and takes a lot of hard work.”

That hard work began with the first Fryer on the property, Robert, who homesteaded just over 15 acres of farm ground back in the late 1800s.  Robert was a bit of an entrepreneur for his day, running livery stables in Deweyville and Garland, and owning the Deweyville Hotel, just down the road from the farm.

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