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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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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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
Masao Watanabe Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-103-6)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-103-6)
A diverse community at the Public Market

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

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.

Masao Watanabe Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-103-4)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-103-4)
Role of Japanese produce sellers in the Public Market

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

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.

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.

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