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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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."
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. …
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."
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 …
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."
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 …
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 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 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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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