Butter in pails, 17 to 18c-The Almonte Farmer’s Market 1898

Butter in pails, 17 to 18c-The Almonte Farmer’s Market 1898


Indianapolis Market: 1908


May 1898–Almonte Gazette

The Almonte Farmer’s Market was extensively patronized on Saturday morning, the space for rigs being fully taken up and everything offered for sale finding purchasers at satisfactory prices.

On Tuesday morning there was also a good turnout, and sales were quickly made. Many housewives were on the lookout for chickens and other fowl, lamb, etc., and what was offered for sale was soon picked up. Not a few patrons of the market are of the opinion: that if the hours were made from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 10 o’clock greater satisfaction would be ensured all round. However, these things will mend themselves with time.

The ruling prices during the past week were as follows : Butter in pails, 17 to 18c ; rolls or prints, 18 to 19c ; potatoes, 40 to 45c per bag ; mutton, 7 to 8c per lb. ; veal 5 to 6c ; chickens, dead, per pair, 60 to 70c; chickens, live, pair, 50 to 60c; turkeys, §1.00 to 11,25 each ; radishes, 5e per bunch.; green onions, three bunches for 10c ;. lettuce, three bunches for 10c ; rhubarb, two bunches for 5c : honey in a comb, 10c per lb ; fresh eggs, 9 to 10c per dozen.



Market day, Jacques Cartier Square, Montreal, QC, about 1900. #vintage

A Housekeeper’s Hint 1898

On Saturday, during the editor’s absence on a visit to the market, the following was left on his desk by an Almonte lady. Farmers will find a useful hint here:

Dear Mr. Editor,

After visiting the mar­ket assiduously since its creation and carefully examining the goods on sale, it has occurred to me that through the columns of your valuable paper the people coming to market might be informed about what to bring. We want chickens, onions and other vegetables, buttermilk, flowers, horseradish, wild fruit, and everything else that can­ not be got in town.


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Heather Ferrier- Lanark County, Ontario’s Queen of the Furrow 2012 Linda Seccaspina Photo


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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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