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Owen Sound Farmers’ Market
November 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
about the market
The Owen Sound Farmers’ Market was in operation before the incorporation of Owen Sound in 1857. Initially held wherever there was space, the market moved into the town hall in 1870. In its earliest days, grain and cord wood were two of the main commodities sold at the market. Butter, churned in farm homes, was sold in crocks in the days before Owen Sound’s creameries began operating. Imagine: a large bag of locally grown apples cost 40 cents, and a roasting chicken was 35. A 90 pound bag of potatoes for 25 cents, butter for 12 cents a pound, and a loaf of fresh bread for a nickle. How about a side of pork for 4.75? Or a side of beef for five dollars?
The Market Square became the centre of community life, a gathering place in the good times and the bad. The first Owen Sound agricultural fair was held in the market square in 1852, and in 1897 the first tour with a newfangled device called a bicycle departed from the market square. It was a drill ground for the militia, and in 1914 the staging and departure area for troops leaving for the First World War. Here we see the 147th Battalion marching from the market square to the CPR station to depart for the east coast.