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.



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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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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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