I live in a neighborhood that the realtors dubbed Bella Vista. It’s really the northern boundary of South Philadelphia. The Ninth Street Market is right around the corner from where I live. It’s commonly called The Italian Market but this part of town has always had an influx of immigrants starting with the Germans, Swedish and Irish, and later the Italians. Now, Bella Vista is home to many Southeast Asian and Mexican transplants.
New Immigrants bring new foods with them and settle into their spaces in the market to sell their products. Don’t you dare squeeze the tomatoes or think you will be allowed to pick the peaches you want. The vendors do the picking for the customers, reducing shrinkage and keeping down costs. If you don’t like it, they will not hesitate to tell you to go to the bleeping Acme. (Pronounced Ack-A-Me).
Here are some pictures.