Eggs 10 Cents a dozen–Farmers Markets of Smiths Falls and Almonte 1880 and 1889




AlmonteFarmersMarket Almonte Farmers Market – Al & Pat Watson’s Farm | by AlmonteFarmersMarket

June 15 1899–Almonte Gazette

The Almonte Market last Saturday was fairly well attended by producers. A few new commodities were offered, which were quickly sold to eager purchasers, but, with the exception of butter and eggs, there was no special demand for any one article, though everything was readily sold.

A large supply of rhubarb, lettuce and green vegetables of excellent quality sold quickly at 3 bunches for 10 cents. Some fresh fish from White Lake brought from 5 to 6c a pound. Other prices remain unchanged, and are as follows:

Butter, 15 to 17c lb –eggs 10c doz –potatoes 60 to 65c– a b a g ; parsnips, 4c. g a l.– carrots, 4c g a l.– green onions 4c a bunch– lettuce 4c a bunch– rhubarb 4c a bunch– or 3 bunches of any of these for 10c

Veal 5 to 6c lb– mutton, 7 to 8c lb.– beef 5 to 8c. lb — pork 6 to 7c. lb–hams, 7 to 8c. lb


Men Working Tractor and Threshing Machine c1890

Hay, $9 to $10 per ton. The other prices in town this weekare : Wheat, soft, bush., 67 to 70c ; hard, 70 to 72c ; pease, 60c ; buckwheat, 40c ; oats, 30c; rye 40c ; barley, 35c ; bran, $14 per ton ; shorts, $16 ; provender, $16 to $20.




The farm of James Leach, Montague Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1902-Bytown or Bust


Smith’s Falls as a Market January 1, 1880-Almonte Gazette-— Messra. Robert Yuill,-Geo. Dunlop and John Drynan, farmers in Ramsay, drove to Smith’s Falls with loads of grain, which they disposed of to everyones advantage. We certainly have reason to feel gratified that its town affords a market that attracts farmers from such a distance; but to us, if; appears as though there was something wrong in Almonte when three farmers living three or four miles distant find it profitable to convey their produce such a distance to realize the highest price. Almonte should be able to pay as high a price as Smith’s Falls.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

Related Reading:

Lanark Farm Life is Not so Bad- 1951

Once Upon a Time on the Farm

Farming Could be a Dangerous Business in Lanark County? Who Do You Know?

She Doesn’t Think My Tractor is Sexy–The Farmer’s Wife 1889

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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