The Richmond farmers market is a beacon of shining light in the once industrious town of Richmond California. During World War II ‘Rosie the Riveter” and scores of men and women built Liberty ships and tanks for the war effort. This was a long time ago and now Richmond has a tough and gritty reputation. Now I know that some of you will say there are nice neighborhoods. This may be true but literally, just over the train tracks is the ‘Iron Triangle’. [This name comes from the three railroads that border this area.} Poverty, crime and a murder rate that is horrendous plagues this urban neighborhood. The farmers market is a glimmer of hope and fresh vegetables.
Fridays, the salt mine gives me leave from my work duties. I have a routine of visiting Catahoula’s for my morning coffee and then traveling to this farmers market. This market is not your typical Bay Area farmers market. You will not find many organic, polished or designer type vegetables. The prices of this produce is reflected and is probably one third the cost Berkeley farmers market, eight miles away, is able to charge. What you will find is fresh vegetables sold directly from the farmers. This is an opportunity for the neighborhood to buy fresh and reasonably priced produce. There are a couple of booths that specialize in Asian greens and vegetables. Lots of produce staples are available for purchase.
Each week a drawing is held for a prize basket that is filled to the brim with produce. Yours truly was the lucky winner this week. This basket had a dozen and one half fresh eggs, fruits, greens, caramel corn, sweet potato’s and a whole lot more. It is very possible a vegetable soup may be created later. I enjoy visiting this market each week. It is a genuine Bay Area find. The fruit vendor and I would be on first name basis but he does not speak a lick of English. I would like to leave you with a photo of the live chicken vendor. I am and never will be brave enough to purchase her wares.
Richmond Farmers Market (Friday mornings)
24th St & Barrett Ave
Richmond, CA 94804