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2005 03 31
imageMarket Gardening was a very important activity in the part of York Township called Bracondale. In fact, the city directory of 1899 lists 44 proprietors of market gardens in Bracondale. One of these was John MacNamara, the eldest son of Michael MacNamara and Bridget O’Dea of Kilmihill, County Clare, Ireland.

From photographs, we know that John grew corn, cabbages and rhubarb. His son, Francis Michael, who lived until 1979, told how each of John’s children was required to weed a row of carrots on the way to and from school.

In 1903, John sold the market garden to his four sons. They continued the operation after their father’s death in 1909, until the property was purchased by the Toronto Transportation Commission in 1921.

Jane MacNamara
Ontario Genealogical Society

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