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Established in 1750, the Halifax Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously running market in North America. Sitting at the entrance to the Halifax Harbour, the Halifax Seaport Market is the market’s fourteenth location since its creation by Royal Proclamation in 1750.
First 100 years it was located on the corner of Bedford Row and Hollis Street where you could buy livestock and produce from rural and local farms.
Bedford Row, Halifax NS. On a Saturday morning Market Day with county people selling produce along the sidewalks ca. 1890
Market Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Corner of Bedford Row and Cheapside, ca. 1886
“Halifax Police Court & City Hall (formerly Exchange Coffee House), City Market House (built 1851 or ’58), and Market Square, at corner of Bedford Row & George St., Halifax, taken on a Saturday morning, July 1886, by Dr. G.L. Sinclair, looking NNE”
The Halifax Police Court and City Hall was built in 1810 as the County Court House; the court occupied the main floor, with the Exchange Coffee House on the first and attic floors. In 1841 the building became Halifax’s first City Hall. The City Market Building was erected in 1854 from the designs of architect William Findlay. It later housed various city offices until the new City Hall was built on the Grand Parade. Then as now, Saturday mornings brought crowds of people to the Market.
Selling baskets on market day, Halifax, ca. 1890
“Outside Old City Market, Halifax, N.S.”, ca. 1953
In 1916 it moved to Market Street. In 1953 it was located at 148 Market Street, a building purpose-designed in 1913 by architect S. P. Dumaresq. By 1953, however, most of the building had been taken over by the Halifax Police Department.
The market was adrift through the 1970s until it found a home at what is now known as the Brewery Market in 1983. It remains there, but in 2010 the majority of vendors moved to the Halifax Seaport Market.