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 (31)

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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.
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.

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.

Issei at the Public Market (ddr-densho-36-46)
img Issei at the Public Market (ddr-densho-36-46)
These Issei farmers are at the Public Market, in Seattle, Washington. By the World War I, Japanese Americans occupied seventy percent of the market's stalls. Here, they are donating vegetables to needy families. The Public Market is also known as the Farmer's Market and Pike Place Market. Original museum description: Japanese farmers had sold ...
Japanese fruit store in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-64)
img Japanese fruit store in Tokyo (ddr-densho-299-64)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2012. 30 March 49 / NRS Construction Project: / Typical fruit shop in metropolitan / Tokyo area showing the sale of many / varieties of mikon (citrus) and / apples. / Photographer - Crowe / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Man and girl at Oriental Market (ddr-densho-134-20)
img Man and girl at Oriental Market (ddr-densho-134-20)
This market was located in the Greenwood area of Seattle. (L to R): Mr. Sakai, Mariko Kumasaka.
Issei working at greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-29)
img Issei working at greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-29)
This farm and greenhouse complex was located at 85th and Latona in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. The flowers and vegetables grown here were sold at the Public Market.
Aerial photograph of Union Bay farms (ddr-densho-136-29)
img Aerial photograph of Union Bay farms (ddr-densho-136-29)
This photograph shows the area of Seattle, Washington which is currently known as the University District. What used to be Issei-operated Union Bay farms is now an upscale shopping mall. Issei farmers grew vegetables on this land which were sold at the Public Market and produce wholesale houses.
Masao Watanabe Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-103-5)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-103-5)
The "unique society" at the Public Market

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

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."
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