Keeping it Fresh since ’57
8 cattle, 18 sheep, 4 hogs, 4 horses and a farm property purchased by the Currie family in 1844 marked the beginning of a love and loyalty to the farm that would continue until today.
Little did Barb & Edgar Currie know that after farming the land that was owned by their ancestors for over 100 years, a serendipitous bean purchase in 1957 would mark the beginning of a farm market business that would now be in its third generation. Today, Chris and Candice are proud to carry on the family tradition and provide our community with produce picked fresh daily and a selection of locally crafted, exceptional & artisanal fare.
Barb Currie’s guide to a life well lived
Source: Barbara Currie
Mrs. Currie’s Cookbook
It was a small boy's dream and a father's determination to make that dream come true that we have Currie's Market. It all started on a summer day in 1957. We were all picking green and yellow beans from the garden and as the baskets were filled they were left at the ends of the rows to gather. When the job was finished a young lady drove in and wanted to buy a basket of beans. We had no idea what to charge for them so we gave them to her. The next day, she came back and paid us what it would have cost her had she bought them in the store in town. That's when our oldest son Alvin thought it would be great to sell them at the corner of Sixth Street and the Tenth Line.
The little business venture consisted of a bench, a lawn chair, a money box and little 10-year-old Alvin, all under an old elm tree. Alvin's grandmother was delighted with the little business, and she would make him cookies and lemonade and take him all her surplus fruits and vegetables to sell. The lady who bought the beans told all her friends and neighbours, and the little business became quite busy.
We grew from a bench to a 2-wheel trailer tipped on its end. From there my husband Edgar built a portable market. It soon became necessary to build a permanent building, and the building continued to grow until it reached the size it is today.
It has been a busy past, we've worked long hard hours, but we have enjoyed it all very much. The people we've worked with have been wonderful. Our customers have been faithful and loyal. This is truly a family business.