Farmers' markets and stands

Farming cooperatives allowed growers to purchase equipment and supplies at lower cost as well as market their products more effectively. A Japanese grower could place his produce on consignment with a Japanese packer-shipper who would sell the produce to a Japanese fruit-stand operator. In areas where the Japanese were successful in agriculture, a burgeoning community of flower and produce vendors sprang up in the local marketplace. The farmers market in Seattle and other West Coast cities were heavily populated by Japanese Americans before World War II.

Farmers' markets and stands (42)

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Women working in greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-5)
img Women working in greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-5)
Easter Lilies had to bloom and be delivered to markets a few weeks before Easter Sunday. These women are wrapping the lilies in protective tissue paper, preparing them for delivery.
Mamoru Kuramoto (ddr-csujad-8-33)
doc Mamoru Kuramoto (ddr-csujad-8-33)
Oral history interview with Mamoru Kuramoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kuramoto, Mamoru
Kanji Sahara Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-448-2)
vh Kanji Sahara Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-448-2)
Parents' early work in the U.S.: father ran a retail produce stand
Tomato Festival in Niland, California (ddr-densho-242-2)
img Tomato Festival in Niland, California (ddr-densho-242-2)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji:: "Kumezo Hatchimonji probably 1954, Niland, California, Tomato Festival, shown with local youngster. Kumezo was owner of Valley Seed Co. in Niland."
Stall at the Public Market (ddr-densho-34-123)
img Stall at the Public Market (ddr-densho-34-123)
Two Japanese Americans in front of a stall at the Public Market. The Public Market is also known as the Farmers Market and the Pike Place Market.
Family farm (ddr-densho-136-5)
img Family farm (ddr-densho-136-5)
This family leased a farm at 4657 Union Bay Place in the University District of Seattle. They grew vegetables which were sold at the Public Market at various produce wholesale houses.
Junction Produce Co. (ddr-densho-131-1)
img Junction Produce Co. (ddr-densho-131-1)
This Issei-run produce store was located at the intersection of Bothell Way and 10th Avenue NE in Seattle, Washington.
Public market produce stand (ddr-manz-10-129)
img Public market produce stand (ddr-manz-10-129)
Original caption: "South Gate store, 1933. Produce section of market my parents ran. Sister Grace was only 11-12 years old working long hours."
Masao Watanabe Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-103-3)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-103-3)
Prewar family business selling produce at the Public Market

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
Fruit Stand (ddr-densho-258-18)
img Fruit Stand (ddr-densho-258-18)
A wide view of the front of the Park Rose Fruit Market, advertising fruit and vegetables and covered in awnings. A man stands below one of the awnings. Caption below: "Fruit Stand."
Fruit stand (ddr-densho-128-9)
img Fruit stand (ddr-densho-128-9)
(L to R): Miss Hara and Rev. Matsumoto at Hara's Fruit Stand in Wapato.
Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-82-2)
vh Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-82-2)
Working in Seattle's Public Market prior to the war

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-82-1)
vh Tad Sato Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-82-1)
Family background

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
av An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
Reflections of an elderly Orange County, California couple on their experiences in America. He recounts his years as an immigrant; she discusses her family background, makeup of Japanese-American community, and rural living. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton; interview conducted by Pat Morgan. ...
Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
doc Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
Oral history interview with Shig Domoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Domoto, Shig
George Toshiyuki Teraoka (ddr-csujad-8-75)
doc George Toshiyuki Teraoka (ddr-csujad-8-75)
Oral history interview with George Toshiyuki Teraoka. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Teraoka, George Toshiyuki
Tsuneo (ddr-densho-258-16)
img Tsuneo (ddr-densho-258-16)
A man poses in front of a fruit and vegetable stand. Caption below: "Tsuneo."
Farmers at the Public Market (ddr-densho-28-1)
img Farmers at the Public Market (ddr-densho-28-1)
By World War I, Japanese American farmers occupied 70 percent of the stalls at the Public Market. They continued to be an economic force until they were incarcerated during World War II. Left to right: Kiyoto Hashimoto, Tame Kamada, and Takayoshi Suguro. The Public Market is also known as the Farmers' Market and the Pike Place ...
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