Transcript: Main Street Ontario: St. Jacobs | Jun 12, 2019

The TVO logo appears on a black screen.

(music plays)

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. St. Jacobs."

A caption reads "In 1975, eight farmers came together to create a farmers' market just outside the little town of St. Jacobs."

[rooster crowing]

In off, Ross Shantz says THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MARKET,
THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE
AMOUNT OF STALLS OR THE STANDS.
IT WAS MOSTLY ITEMS,
I THINK A LOT OF ITEMS
THAT CATERED
REALLY TO THE FARM COMMUNITY,
AND THERE WAS A GOOD RESPONSE.
AND THEN IN 1986, '87,
WAS THE FIRST
MAJOR FARMERS' MARKET BUILDING
THAT WAS PUT UP.

A fast-motion animation shows building of the farmers' market.

The caption changes to "This is the St. Jacobs Farmer's Market. It is Canada's largest year-round market. It draws nearly one million visitors each year."

The animation shows the cut out faces of the people talking on figures recreating the stories mentioned.

Leanne McGray, a woman in her late thirties with short brown hair says WE GET,
YOU KNOW, 15,000 PEOPLE HERE
ON A BUSY WEEKEND.
WHEN PEOPLE COME AT
QUARTER TO SEVEN IN THE MORNING,
6:30 IN THE MORNING TO BUY,
IT SMELLS LIKE GREEN,
IT SMELLS LIKE FOOD,
IT SMELLS LIKE STRAWBERRIES,
IT SMELLS
LIKE ALL THINGS DELICIOUS.
I DON'T THINK THERE'S
ANYTHING QUITE LIKE IT
THAT IS QUITE
AS INTERESTING AND AS SPECIAL
AS WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON HERE.

Edgar Gingrich, a man in his late sixties says I TRY
TO GET ALONG AND I THINK,
TO HAVE A FRIEND,
YOU'VE GOTTA BE FRIENDLY.
SO, UH, I SET UP THIS WORLD MAP
THAT I HAVE ON THE WALL,
AND I HAVE A NOTE ON THERE,
YOU HAVE TO BE A CUSTOMER
TO PUT A PIN IN.
SO, I HAD QUITE A BIT
OF INTERESTING PEOPLE,
FROM RUSSIA,
FROM, UH, FROM JAPAN,
SOUTH KOREA A LOT,
AND OF COURSE U.S.
AND IT'S A PIECE OF ATTRACTION,
IT'S A PIECE OF CONVERSATION.
SO MANY PEOPLE REMEMBER ME
BECAUSE OF THAT.
IN THE OTHER BUILDING,
AND I HAD THAT ONE FULL,
I HAD SEVERAL THOUSAND PINS,
BUT IT WENT DOWN WITH THE FIRE.

In off, Dave Lanktree says LONG WEEKEND, LABOUR DAY...

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

Mary Anne Witzel, a woman in her fifties with short blond hair says WE GOT A PHONE CALL
AT THREE O'CLOCK
IN THE MORNING
THAT IT WAS ON FIRE.
WE HAD CONSIDERED MAYBE
IT WAS TIME TO PACK IT IN THEN,
BUT THEN WHEN YOU KEPT HEARING
COMMENTS ABOUT ALL THE FRITTERS,
WE THOUGHT, OKAY,
WE HAVE TO GOT OFF OUR HORSE,
AND PICK OURSELVES UP
AND KEEP GOING.

Joanne Guenther says AND THEN THE
PHONE CALLS STARTED COMING IN.

In off, Mary Anne says WE FELT OVERWHELMED
HOW STRONGLY FRITTERS MEANT
FOR THE MARKET AT THAT POINT,
REALLY OVERWHELMED.

Rachel Behling says IT REALLY
SURPRISED ME HOW QUICKLY
THEY WERE ABLE TO REBUILD,
AND THEY DID
A REALLY LOVELY JOB.

The caption changes to "New market building."

Alan McQuarrie, a man in his mid-fifties with a goatee says SO WE'RE DOWN FROM NORTH BAY,
AND MY DAD DIED ON WEDNESDAY
AND WE WERE
JUST HERE AS A FAMILY,
WE'D ALL GATHERED TOGETHER
AND WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,
WHAT COULD WE DO THAT HAS
SOME MEANING FOR US AS A FAMILY,
AND MY DAD LIKED THE PIZZA
HERE AT THE MARKET,
SO WE JUST SAID, LET'S COME
DOWN TO THE MARKET FOR PIZZA.
MY BROTHER'S FROM VANCOUVER
AND MY SISTER'S FROM WINNIPEG
SO, WE'RE KIND OF, UH,
SCATTERED ACROSS THE COUNTRY
AND, ST. JACOB'S MARKET
IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS
THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER.

Dave, a man in his fifties with a moustache says MY DAUGHTER
STILL WORKS PART-TIME
EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS
CHILDREN OF HER OWN NOW
AND SO NOW
WE EVEN HAVE ONE OR TWO
OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN
WORKING FOR US.
OUR OTHER GRANDCHILDREN
ARE KINDA LOOKING FORWARD
TO FOLLOWING
IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS
AND COMING TO WORK
AT THE MARKET TOO, SO...

Andy Bhagria, a man in his sixties with a hat says WHEN MY KIDS WERE SMALL
THEY HELPED ME OUT
IN THESE MATTERS.
I'M DOING THIS MARKET
FOR THE LAST 29 YEARS,
SO THIS IS MY PLACE
WHERE I GET ALL MY ENERGIES.
PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING HERE
AREN'T ONLY EUROPEAN PEOPLE,
THEY ALL MIX AND MATCH,
IT'S NO PARTICULAR ONE COUNTRY,
IT'S ALL MIX AND MATCH.
THIS GARLIC GUY HERE,
HE'S MY COMPETITION,
BUT I LIKE HIM.
YOU HAVE TO BE
PROUD OF EACH OTHER,
DON'T BE JEALOUS
IN THIS LIFE AT ALL.
THAT IS THE EQUALITY
OF THE MARKET.

Rachel, a woman in her thirties with dark hair says UM, IT'S A SENSE
OF COMMUNITY AND TOGETHERNESS,
A NICE HEALTHY WAY OF LIVING.

Spencer Johnson, a man in his forties with a beard says WE'RE VERY PROUD OF IT
AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE
TO SHARE IT WITH THE COMMUNITY.

Andy says WE WORK ALL YEARS ROUND HERE.
NOT ONLY
BECAUSE TO MAKE MONEY, NO.
WE ENJOY IT!
WE LOVE TO BE HERE!

Sam Lobrutto, a man in his early fifties with a goatee says IT'S A FARMING OPERATION HERE.
PLANTING SEEDS, TAKING CARE
OF LIVESTOCK, MEAT PROCESSING
AND THEN THEY GO BEHIND
THE COUNTER AT THE MARKET.
YOU PUT ON YOUR APRON,
WEAR IT PROUD,
MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAN,
AND YOU GO TO WORK.
BUT, IT'S NOT JUST SATURDAYS,
OR THURSDAYS OR TUESDAYS,
IT'S YOUR WHOLE LIFE,
AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY'S LIFE,
BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
EVEN THE CAT
AND DOGS HAVE TO WORK HERE.

An animated postcard reads "Dear St. Jacobs Market, we relish in the fruits of your labour, we'll always be in your favour. With sincerest thanks, from all your neighbours."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Produced in association with TVO. Never stop learning.

With the participation of The Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

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