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Grocery Shopping at Watt’s in Lanark

Grocery Shopping at Watt’s in Lanark
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
07 Jul 1915, Wed  •  Page 8

Roman Meal

Is Roman Meal still made?

Roman Meal had some pretty fun packaging, with an illustration of an ancient Roman soldier in the brand’s logo. But the brand no longer exists in North America, because the rights were sold to Flower Foods in 2015. You can still find Roman Meal in places like Japan and Thailand, though


This product was originally produced by The American Cereal Co. of Chicago, Illinois. The initial packaging was tin with an illustration of a bar on a cliff and the text “manufactured from the best pacific white wheat”. The cereal was later sold in a canister similar to oats canisters seen today.

One of the first slogans for the cereal was “all the wheat but the overcoat”.

Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat

Corn Flakes

Breakfast Bacon for Dinner

Windsor Bacon and Sausages

Cooked Ham

Canned Fish

Shopping lists have been dated back to 3000-3500 BC, when the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia, in the modern-day Middle East, invented the first form of writing, a system of symbols called Cuneiform.

The marker system shopping lists were first developed around the early 20th century.

St. Catherines Standard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
22 Sep 1915, Wed  •  Page 4

More Updates– Mitchell’s Your Independent Team March 20, 2020 –2:53 PM

More Updates– Mitchell’s Your Independent Team March 20, 2020 –2:53 PM

March 20,2020

From Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer
To Our Community:
As you can understand, our response to this situation is growing daily, based on the latest information we have available. While we are doing our best to support you sometimes we need to adjust course.
Social Distancing
Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer will be limiting the number of customers in our store effective March 20, 2020. The maximum amount of people allowed into the store at any time will be 90. Unfortunately at this time there will be no exceptions.
We will be monitoring the number of people who come and go into our store, and if we reach a point where social distancing may be impacted, we will limit entry.
Thank You
Mitchell’s YIG


March 19,2020

Attention valued customers: 

Our business is changing daily–below are some changes that will be in effect starting tomorrow.

Our senior shop is still in effect (8-9 am) ( this will also apply to immune suppressed customers)
We are open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Sunday hours will be from 8:00 7:00 pm. Our pharmacy will now open at 8:00 am.
We are strongly encouraging you to pay with debit/credit as this encourages less cash handling. We are removing the charge for plastic bags, and effective immediately, we will no longer be bagging for customers who choose to bring in their reusable bags or bins. You are still welcome to bring them in but you will have to bag them yourself for the safety of our cashiers and clerks. 
We have eliminated offering loose bakery bulk items and we will only be selling packaged bakery items. We are continuing to stock all shipments as they arrive and are experiencing delays from deliveries 12-24 hours behind schedule. I can assure you once our deliveries arrive we will work quickly to have these items stocked for you. 
Please do not call the store asking when shipments will arrive, as unfortunately at this time as we cannot answer that question for you. We continue to impose limits on numerous categories. We appreciate if you can please respect these limits to ensure everyone is able to purchase what they need. 
We appreciate your patience and support during this very difficult time. We will try to keep you updated with any other changes as soon as we are aware. 

Mitchell’s Your Independent Team



The Cost of Living is Jumping Down in Almonte





Photo from Brian Bowrin Collection


The Cost of Living is Jumping Down 45% in Almonte- Almonte Gazette--1921 May 20

Author’s Note-In 1920-1921, there was a fall in the prices of food and groceries in all the capital cities of North America

In Almonte there has been a decided drop In the prices of most staple articles from war time costs and a far greater drop than many seem to realize. For the benefit of its readers the Gazette has secured a list of the watime prices of a number of articles and the prices which prevail today. These show that there has been a drop of about 45 per cent.

Potatoes show the brggest reduction and this is by general consent one of the most important items. The cost has been lowered from $5 per bushel to 60 cents. The consumer was harder hit with potatoes than with any other article, and even as late as last year the price rose to $7.50 per bag or $5 per bushel.



Photo from the Almonte Gazette/The Millstone of J. G Hayes from Almonte


Breakfast bacon, an immense amount of which is consumed, was 70 cents per pound; today it was 50 cents, smoked roll bacon was 45 cents; now it is 32 cents. Short cut salted pork was 35 cents; It can now be got for 24 cents. Another most important reduction price is seen In flour. Whereas it was $16 per barrel it is now $10.50.

Sugar has dropped from 26 cents per pound to 12 cents, bread from 13 to 10 cents per loaf, eggs from 70 cents to 23 cents, and rice from 20 cents to 8 1-4 cents. There is no reference to fresh meats as apparently these is very little change in these prices in Almonte. It is the same with milk. Nor did the Gazette make any effort to compare the costs of canned foods of which there is a very great variety. Dry goods generally are reported to the Gazette as being down 25 per cent, and ready made clothing is also down 25 per cent. From the above figures it would appear that our farmers have been hit hard, by the reduction in prices.



American Prices at that time

Cost of groceries in the 20’s
Bacon 1 lb. 52¢ 1920
Bacon 1 lb. 47¢ 1925
Beef Rib Roast1 lb 39¢ 1926 New York
Bread 1 lb. 12¢ 1920
Bread 1 lb. 1925
Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1925 New York
Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1929 Chicago
Butter 1 lb. 70¢ 1920
Butter 1 lb. 55¢ 1925
Butter 1 lb. 56¢ 1929 Chicago
Butter 1 lb. 57¢ 1925 Los Angeles
Cabbage 1 lb. 1920 WI
Carmel Wafers (1lb.) 36¢ 1924 WI
Cheese I lb. 38¢ 1926 New York
Chicken 1 lb. 39¢ 1925 New York
Chicken lb. 42¢ 1929 New York
Codfish 1 lb. 29¢ 1924 WI
Coffee 1 lb. 47¢ 1920
Coffee 1 lb. 52¢ 1925 Washington
Coffee 1 lb. 50¢ 1925
Coffee 1 lb. 45¢ 1929 New York


Chiffon Cake

1 1/8 cups sifted cake flour, plus 2 tbsp.
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup salad oil
3/8 cup water (1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp.)
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. each, vanilla and lemon extract
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4)

Mix and sift first four ingredients. Make a well and add oil, water, egg yolks and flavorings. Beat until smooth. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat until egg whites form very stiff peaks. Gently fold first mixture into egg whites until well blended. Fold, do not stir. Turn batter into ungreased 9-inch tube pan. Bake in moderate oven (325˚ F) about 1 hour or until cake springs back when touched lightly with finger. Immediately turn pan upside down, placing tube pan over neck of bottle. Let hang until cold. To remove from pan, loosen with spatula.

Strawberry Icing: To 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar add 1/8 tsp. salt and 3 1/2 tbsp. juice from crushed berries. Mix until smooth. Spread over the top and sides of cake. 

Orange Icing: Substitute orange juice for berry juice in above recipe. Add 1 tsp. grated orange rind.


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Did You Win Free Groceries in Carleton Place Yesterday?




At high noon yesterday something wonderful happened at your local Mitchell’s Independent store in Carleton Place.  I had been in the store earlier grocery shopping and had heard all the managers had been called in to work– so felt something was afoot.  In fact, I later heard that the managers and employees didn’t know what was going to happen until 10 minutes before it was announced!



So what happened?  They gave out free groceries to all the customers who were standing in line at the checkout! That’s right– your grocery order was free! If you got free groceries yesterday –I would love to hear your story– so drop me a line if you did so we can share your happiness with Lanark County– no the world!



Sigh–I was two hours too early but I did get pieces of cake for me and Steve and an awesome awesome hat. Thanks Martha Linklater McNeely- I took this picture for you..LOL I can balance two pieces of cake on a grocery order. LOL

Thanks to Joyce and Jeff Mitchell and all the wonderful staff for such a treat to Carleton Place.. So don’t forget to email me if you won groceries




Janice Tennant Campbell just sent this photo my way: Thanks Janice!!!!! I can’t do this alone!

Hi Linda I just noticed you story about CP Independent. I was there later in the afternoon so unfortunately missed out on the free groceries. However there was a live band entertaining us while I was there. Thought you might be interested.



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Could You Live on $29 a Week?


Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar winner and lifestyle guru announced on Thursday that she will valiantly attempt to exist on a very non-Goop budget this week by subsisting on $29 worth of groceries.

Why ? Because her friend, chef and former Food Network star  Mario Batali, who is also a member of New York City’s Food Bank board, challenged her to complete the #FoodBankNYCChallenge. The challenge encourages people to spend only $29 on groceries all week to bring awareness to New York City’s food pantries, which received a a surge in traffic once congress cut food stamps benefits.

This is what she bought for a week for $29.

Seven limes????

It’s well and good to try anything for a short period of time but at the end of the week Paltrow knows she can go back to the way thing’s were. Poor people don’t have that luxury and being on food stamps or having to visit a food bank just doesn’t work on the physical but your mental also. Worrying and wondering if you will have enough food for the rest of the month is no fun.  It’s very easy to go down, it’s the going back up that’s difficult. A simple gallon of milk cost $4.95 and a box of cereal $4.50. Most kids would not eat half the stuff she bought, and many adults too. It is no secret I am not a fan of hers  as she promotes luxury on her site.This is a serious subject for me, but I am willing to give her the benefit of a doubt. I encourage others to take up this challenge, document it, and donate what you save to your local food bank.

If you do this challenge, document it, let me know and I will publish it.

Just a note to not forget our Lanark County Food Bank:

Address: 5 Allan St, Carleton Place, ON
Phone:(613) 257-8546
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
“Communities without Hunger“  is their mission is to provide safe and nutritional food assistance to persons in need  Remember that 1st Annual hike for Hunger is Saturday May 2nd 1-4pm at the Goodwood Marsh Trail in Beckwith.

All donations are welcomed (except expired, opened, or homemade food). They often have a need for certain items, depending on the month or season. Here’s their most recent top 10 items they need to replenish at the food bank: