Bird's eye view of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market. According to John Vena this is the best view of the city of Philadelphia.
View of the market from the first floor
Pallets of produce are flying through the market.
The store of John Vena, Inc. John talks to the group about the produce selection.
Wide selection of produce at John Vena, Inc. including many tropical and exotic options like star fruit, passion fruit, papaya, pomegranate and coconuts. The back row contains a number of hot pepper and bell pepper options.
More produce at John Vena, Inc.
You name it and John Vena, Inc. has it
Different ginger options
Different squash varieties
John Vena, Inc. carries everything...from mainstream produce to more rare and exotic items. Cactus leaves right next to pears. Above the pears is a box with tindora, which is in high demand by Indians.
Dragon fruit imported from Vietnam
Plenty of dried fruit options
Overview of the tropical roots category
From left to right: Thai eggplant, Indian eggplant and Indian okra.
The inside of Thai eggplant. It's very seeded and has a bitter taste.
Kumquats just arrived and are in high demand
Grey squash from Mama Mia produce, located in New Jersey.
A 5 ct. box with pineapples from Costa Rica. This is about as big as they come.
John Vena in the ripening room that is used for ripening bananas, plantains and avocados.
Bobby Mueller with Nardella, Inc. proudly stands in front of the apple display at Nardella's store.
The store of Nardella, Inc.
Apples on display are all wrapped in plastic
A large selection of citrus. The variety, name of the shipper and the country of origin are all mentioned on the label. This time of the year, the US is a popular citrus source.
The old wagon from M. Levin & Co that was used when the market was located at Dock Street.
Beautiful store of Procacci Brothers
Apples on display at the Procacci Brothers store. The store shows the Italian roots of the Procacci family.
Potato and onion selection
Holiday fruit baskets at Procacci Brothers. Not many companies put these together anymore as it is very time consuming.
The store of T.M. Kovacevich.
Apples from Chelan Fresh at the Kovacevich store
Apples and grapes are labeled with the name of the variety as well as the grower-shipper.
The top row contains a selection of grapes in Christmas packaging from Sunlight International. The rack also contains a large selection of citrus products as well as persimmons.
Tomatoes from Maas Greenhouse.
This is a refrigeration unit. The turnover time of a full unit is about 3-4 days.
Different vegetable items on display at Kovacevich.
Impression of Kovacevich' store
Paterson Produce anticipates on the holiday season and sells holiday items.
Each merchant has its own color flags, so it makes the stores easy to recognize.
Vegetable selection of Colonial Produce
Boxes of produce at Ryeco, LLC. are waiting to get transported out of the Market.
Selection of tomatoes and strawberries from Ryeco, LLC.
Customers have many different options when it comes to potatoes and onions.
Ryeco offers many pepper options.
Different tomato products, a number of them being from Sunset.
Orange labels on the boxes refer to the product count in the box.
Product count as well as orange variety in the box
Handwritten cards with the name of the produce variety
Different packaging options for persimmons.
Lots of activity in the market as the group tours from one merchant to the next.
Bags with coconuts from the Dominican Republic
The store of B.R.S. Produce
Eggplant and green bell peppers from Florida-based C&B Farms.
Tomatoes from the DiMare Company
Pallets with 50 lb. bags of yellow and red onions
Halo mandarins. The season was kicked off in November.
Produce that has been sold is being transported to the pick up area, near the dock doors.
Produce waiting to be picked up.
New York Produce Show attendees who attended the tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market.