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article imagePhoto Essay: ‘Cardonal’ Fruit and Vegetable Market of Valparaiso Special

By Igor I. Solar
Nov 25, 2011 in Food
“Cardonal” Farmers Market, a large yellow and green metal frame earthquake-proof structure, has been for over a century one of the main sources of fruits and vegetables for the residents of Valparaiso, Chile.
The great earthquake that struck central Chile in 1906 (8.2 Richter) lasted nearly 4 minutes and destroyed almost the entire city of Valparaiso. Many buildings collapsed and great fires ravaged the city. About 4,000 people were killed and over 20,000 were injured. Among the tasks of reconstruction, the city assigned architect Eduardo Feureisen the design and construction of a new building to house the town’s main market. An essential requirement was that the new structure should withstand earthquakes.
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso  Chile. This place is high in the list of  things to do and se...
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso, Chile. This place is high in the list of "things to do and see" while visiting this city.
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Local and imported fruits are sold at the Cardonal Market. (Prices are per Kg.; CLP 520 = 1 USD).
Local and imported fruits are sold at the Cardonal Market. (Prices are per Kg.; CLP 520 = 1 USD).
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A visit to the colourful Cardonal farmers market is a delight to the senses.
A visit to the colourful Cardonal farmers market is a delight to the senses.
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The construction of the market began in 1907 and five years later the municipal authorities inaugurated the two-story building occupying an entire city block at the intersection of Brazil and Uruguay Avenues. The symmetric construction is based on steel beams and columns joined by bolts, similar to a meccano set.
A great variety of picked veggies  mostly olives  are sold at the market
A great variety of picked veggies, mostly olives, are sold at the market
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This store specializes in dry goods including candied fruits  cereals  beans  lentils  chickpeas  co...
This store specializes in dry goods including candied fruits, cereals, beans, lentils, chickpeas, corn, etc.
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Dry fruits  hazelnuts and a variety of raisins are available at this store. A sign next to the dry q...
Dry fruits, hazelnuts and a variety of raisins are available at this store. A sign next to the dry quince slices says: "Try this, but... with moderation"
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Decorative display of apples  pineapples  picked chilies  pearl onions and olives.
Decorative display of apples, pineapples, picked chilies, pearl onions and olives.
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On the first floor there are stalls selling fruits and vegetables and on the second floor there are numerous restaurants that offer inexpensive meals mostly based on typical Chilean cuisine rich in seafood products; take a look at the comments and pictures in this link.
For over a century this place has been the main supply center for fruits and vegetables in the city. The market was owned and operated by the city until 1988 when it was acquired by the tenants. About 200 stalls operate in the market mostly for retail sales, however there are several dedicated to wholesale.
Produce merchants arrange their vegetables in high piles of contrasting colors.
Produce merchants arrange their vegetables in high piles of contrasting colors.
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Zucchinis are in season and on sale! Six for less than a dollar; lemons  1 kg for about 60 cents.
Zucchinis are in season and on sale! Six for less than a dollar; lemons, 1 kg for about 60 cents.
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This merchant (Ricardo Valdes) owns several retail and wholesale stalls in the market.
This merchant (Ricardo Valdes) owns several retail and wholesale stalls in the market.
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Each day, except Sundays, large crowds including sellers, buyers, visitors and tourists, come to this place causing serious traffic jams. The congestion is aggravated by lots of street vendors that take advantage of the large number of people coming to the market, to sell everything from vegetable seedlings to folk art.
Some sellers use the sidewalk to  offer their flowers.
Some sellers use the sidewalk to offer their flowers.
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Seedlings  fresh herbs and potted plants are also on sale on the streets next to the market.
Seedlings, fresh herbs and potted plants are also on sale on the streets next to the market.
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Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.
Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.
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To this date Cardonal Market has met the requirements of its design and construction. Since it opened in 1912, there have been no less than 5 major earthquakes in the region and, though the building has suffered some damage, it still remains almost intact.
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaot...
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaotic traffic. On this day the students of the University nearby had taken the day off from protesting against the government's limited educational funding.
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This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1 80.
This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1,80.
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Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
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Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working ...
Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working long time ago.
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The Market provides an excellent way to explore the commerce activity of the city, to buy local produce and seafood, and to enjoy restaurant meals at very reasonable prices.
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come ...
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come to the market: there is abundance of fruits and prices are very reasonable.
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Large sign near the main entrance:  Eat healthy  five portions of fruits and vegetables each day  at...
Large sign near the main entrance: "Eat healthy, five portions of fruits and vegetables each day, at the best prices"
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