Picking and Shipping Vegetables

Bell Peppers 1960

Bell Peppers 1960

In 1896 Henry Flagler decided to extend his Florida East Coast Railway south from West Palm Beach to Miami. All along the rail line small settlements were established; most of them were farming communities.

One of the early cash crops was pineapples. Competition from Caribbean and Hawaiian pineapple growers led most farmers to switch to growing tomatoes, which turned out to be more profitable. Later, farmers discovered that beans, peppers and other winter vegetables were even more financially rewarding.

State Farmer Market Grand Opening 1939

Pompano State Farmer Market Grand Opening 1939

State Farmers Market

Pompano State Farmers Market

Downtown Pompano came alive as farmers, brokers, railway agents and local residents congregated to make sure the crops got to market. Such was the level of activities, that in 1939 a new farmers market was opened just west of town along the Seaboard Airline Railroad tracks. When it opened, the Pompano State Farmers Market boasted a loading platform over 1000 feet long – supposedly the longest in the world.

State Farmers Market Today

State Farmers Market Today

State Farmers Market

State Farmers Market

State Farmers Market

State Farmers Market

Cucumbers 1960

Cucumbers 1960

Bean Picking 1960

Bean Picking 1960

All the text from http://www.pompanohistory.com/phc/ourhistory/

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