Hackers, Smith named Farmers of the Year

They’ve been active participants with the Knox County Farmers’ Market since its origins, attending trainings and meetings, setting up as vendors with their own garden vegetables and lending a helping hand whenever they can. For their dedication and hard work, on April 12, Bill Hacker, Pat Hacker and Ruby Smith were honored with the title ‘Farmers of the Year’ at a KCFM gathering.

“We’ve been with them every year they’ve been open. We even tried to get one off the ground…at the parking lot at the fire department,” said Pat Hacker, adding that they’ve only ever missed one night of the Farmers’ Market.

Over the years, the trio has sold produce ranging from tomatoes, cabbage, onions, strawberries and even flowers.

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