Kaohsiung’s massive but organized wholesale market

By Julio P. Yap Jr.

When travelling to Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, an amazing and very interesting place to visit is the city’s Vegetables and Fruits Wholesale Market.

It is indeed a must-visit place.

The market complex, which is massive but very organized, is where you can find nearly all sorts and varieties of fresh vegetables and fruits.

As early as 3 o’clock a.m., vendors are already well-oganized at the Kaohsiung Vegetables and Fruits Wholesale Market in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Notice how the vendors valued food safety by using rubberized gloves in handling their different agricultural commodities.

This is where wholesalers as well as retail shoppers regularly converge to buy different varieties of vegetables and fruits that are imaginable.

It can be noted that about half of Taiwan is located below the Tropic of Cancer, which makes subtropical fruits to be very abundant.

Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, dried vegetable and fruit products and related produce are readily available at the Kaohsiung Vegetables and Fruits Wholesale Market even as early as 3:00 a.m.

After all, the spacious 4-hectare marketplace, which is nestled on a 10-hectare complex, is the place to find nearly all kinds and varieties of farm produce.

Due to its very remarkable clean environment, abundant lighting system, and practical layout design, together with its spacious pathways, buying and scouting for the required produce can become comfortable and almost hassle-free.

A trader shows hygienically-packed cherry tomatoes which he sells at the market.

Unlike the other public markets in highly urbanized areas, the market vendors here are very accommodating, and food safety conscious – a buyer can’t even touch the commodities with bare hands.

The stocks are packed in boxes and neatly stacked one over the other, a delightful scene to observe.

Primarily because the massive wholesale market is supervised and supported by the local government, which can help the stakeholders in the fruit and vegetable industry of Kaohsiung to find new opportunities, business partnerships, and even solutions to marketing aspects.

The photos shown here which were taken during a recent visit can illustrate how the market operates and the availability of a wide range of agricultural products.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s February 2019 issue. 

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