Kingstonist’s Best of 2016 continues with one of our many favourite posts from Queen’s Archives. The Kingston Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of downtown Kingston, is still a focal point and go-to destination for Kingstonians and visitors alike. The image below shows a familiar scene. The landscape around the market, while different in many ways since this photo taken in 1907, still has many of the same buildings fully in tact. In recent years, Market Square has seen numerous events such as live concerts, food festivals, the live stream of the unforgettable Tragically Hip finale concert this past August viewed by millions, and in the cold months, winter enthusiasts flock to the square to enjoy free ice skating, hot cider and events like FebFest. It’s amazing how much something can change and yet stay the same.
Incorporated in 1801, Kingston’s Market has been a focal point of Kingston life for over two centuries. The above photo, taken around 1907, reveals a very different time, yet a very familiar place. Edwin Horsey wrote in 1937:
… the present market on a Saturday is only about half the size it was fifty years ago. Then not only the square was filled, but farmers’ wagons stood on both sides of Market Street, also on both sides of King Street between Brock and Clarence; it extended up the south side of Brock Street to Wellington and along Wellington to Clarence Street.” Perhaps a few of you continued to contribute to Market Square’s storied history as Kingston’s prime meeting spot and joined the crowds this past Saturday!