More than a Market

Local Block 1


Photo: D. Coutzee


In the first half of the twentieth century, much of the food consumed came from local farms and food-related enterprises. The farms that stretched for miles beyond the outskirts of Burlington and Winooski supplied produce, eggs, meat, and dairy to local markets.

Food-related enterprises provided other items sought by customers—bread and baked goods from Fassetts Bakery or Star Bakery, meats from McKenzie Meats, a variety of fruit from the Champlain Valley Fruit Company, a range of soft drinks from Champlain Soda, beverages from Farrell Distributing, and the balance from wholesalers like Burlington Grocery Company and Saiger’s. Many people maintained large backyard gardens and chicken coops, as well.