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


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)



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About lindaseccaspina

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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