Petrolia Farmer's Markets

Opening Day Sept. 13, 1913

Original Market behind town hall Opened to Great Fan Fare in 1913.

The local food movement has gripped North America in a big way and farmer's markets and organic food outlets have popped up in nearly every municipality, large and small.

Fortunately, here in Canada our federal and provincial governments are supporting the popular movement with both technical and financial committments.

Early in 2009, the federal government  earmarked a portion of its economic stimulus package for the development of farmers markets on a national basis and Petrolia was fortunate enough to receive more than $800,000 for the upgrading of land, infrastructure and the construction of an attractive new farmer's market pavillion.

However, as the wise King Solomon tells us in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun.
As one grows older it becomes ever more apparent that those words do have the ring of truth. 

For a closer look reveals that the local food movement and buy-local initiates are really nothing new.  Farmers and consumers back in the early days of the 20th century had this figured out as well.  

Like today, people recognized the need for a venue in which the locals could meet, visit and buy locally-grown produce.

New market opened in May, 2010

Market a popular meeting place for locals

The Petrolia Farmers' Market is a wonderful meeting place. Local residents enjoy getting together for breakfast or just coffee and a visit each Saturday morning from May to Oct. Pictured are regulars Don Gibson, left, Martin Dillon and Norm Sutherland.

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17.08 | 00:02

My name is Patricia Mcilwain , Kate Newton was a second cousin,. My mothers first cousin, Florence( Chambers) Young. Interesting story.

22.01 | 13:44

William Hay, my uncle, served on Petrolia as cook. My picture dressed in a navel uniform with an H.M.C.S. hat band, I was told was the " JACK" (Mascot)

19.08 | 12:32

I was Raised to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason on September 6, 1975 in a Masonic ??? Lodge #503 Ontario Canada.
My lodge Ira A. Beck #503 Battle Creek MI

05.06 | 03:34


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