Farmer’s markets and food trucks are favorite spots for Brooklynites to hunt down ingredients and meals today. In the early to mid-20th century, open-air food markets included pushcart vendors and the huge wholesale market in the Navy Yard known as Wallabout Market.
We’ve uncovered a few photos from the Library of Congress of Brooklynites shopping for food.
Shoppers at a pushcart market on Belmont Avenue,Brownsville in 1960.
Investigating produce at Salz Brothers Market at the Brooklyn Terminal Market in 1951.
An overhead view of a produce laden pushcart on Belmont Avenue, Brownsville in 1961.
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