Financing the operation of the mill through the sale of crêpes and flour
Michaël Gravel and Corporation du Moulin Légaré
Ernest Labelle: We’d go to 5, 6 or 7 events over the summer.
Victor Rioux: At the mall.
Ernest Labelle: With the stoves. With Victor’s truck. We’d load the stoves into the truck, and off we’d go to make crêpes. Saint-Augustin, Rosemère, Saint-Jérôme, all over the place, on Sundays. Whenever there was an activity taking place, we were invited to make crêpes. We’d go and make crêpes to bring in extra income. Everything was planned in advance. I would estimate how many we would make. When the weather was nice, we would make so many, and we’d be able to sell so many, and so on. Yes, that’s how it always was.
Léon Tremblay: If we had added up our own expenses, we would never have done all that.
Ernest Labelle: Of course not, because we were doing it all for nothing.
Léon Tremblay: We were paying for the gas, for everything.
Ernest Labelle: We were paying out of our own pockets.
Léon Tremblay: [Laughs] But we were having fun.
Ernest Labelle: During the holidays, we were invited to sell flour. But that wasn’t bad because we were making money. Before Roger was the treasurer, the treasurer we had was the manager of the shopping centre. He was on our Board. He’d invite us during the holidays, and give us a big booth in the middle of the mall. There, we would sell flour like it was going out of style. At least, that brought in some income. That’s how we generated income. Festivals and so on.