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.

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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.
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.
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.
Family in front of greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-14)
img Family in front of greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-14)
By the late 1930s, many Issei-operated floral greenhouses existed in the North Seattle area. The flowers were sold at Seattle's Public Market, retail stores, and wholesale companies.
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.
Child in front of greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-15)
img Child in front of greenhouse (ddr-densho-134-15)
By the late 1930s, many Issei-operated floral greenhouses existed in the North Seattle area. The flowers were sold at Seattle's Public Market, retail stores, and wholesale companies.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 fruits and …
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."
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."
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."
Masao Okamura (ddr-csujad-8-57)
doc Masao Okamura (ddr-csujad-8-57)
Oral history interview with Masao Okamura. 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 Okamura, Masao
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
Kenji Tashiro (ddr-csujad-8-74)
doc Kenji Tashiro (ddr-csujad-8-74)
Oral history interview with Kenji Tashiro. 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 Tashiro, Kenji
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
Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
doc Fred Hirasuna (ddr-csujad-8-88)
Oral history interview with Fred Hirasuna. 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 Hirasuna, Fred
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