Local Food Sources. Frank Sobey atop the meat truck, 1920
Judith Ryan, archivist for Sobeys out of their office in Stellarton, referenced this photo: ”Frank Sobey travelled around rural areas buying sheep from farmers. This photo is circa 1920. “
The first Sobeys store opened on Main Street in 1939 and merited a very small ad in The Casket. Our thanks to Katherine Walsh who “did a group project in an Organizational Behaviour course at StFX, but it wasn’t a complete history of Sobey’s, but a quick look at the history of the Sobey’s stores in Antigonish.”
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Judith also sent this ad and noted that “in those days  Sobeys mostly bought their fresh turkeys from somebody in Antigonish County, although I have no idea from whom, or specifically where. This ad also mentions Nova Scotia producers: “Moirs”, “Evangeline”, “Pictou”. Cranberries, creamery butter, and eggs would also be local.”