Indianapolis Market: 1908
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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