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Anaya Produce Truck, Salinas

Melanie Wong | May 31, 200701:41 PM     12

The proposed mobile vendor ordinance would affect not only taco trucks, but also produce vendors who sell on the streets of Salinas. At the January 23 public hearing, one of the council members said she had heard from a local physician that the city should be encouraging citizens to eat MORE fruits and vegetables rather than reducing the number of accessible outlets for buying fresh produce.

After hearing that, the next morning I headed out to the Alisal district to try to find a produce truck during the off-season. I found Anaya Produce’s truck parked in front of Payless Shoes (712 E Alisal St., Salinas). It takes up one parking space at the curb and has another space behind it. Payless has an off-street parking lot for its own customers.

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In January, the truck was chockfull of fresh citrus, tomatoes, melons, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. Mr. Anaya was busy with a knife trimming cactus pads to be cut into nopalitos.

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I asked him what he would do if the proposed vendor ordinance went through. He shrugged and said he didn’t know. He has been in this area for nearly 30 years, first laboring in the fields. When he could no longer do that kind of work, he started this business to make a living. Going back to Mexico isn’t an option, as he considers Salinas his home.

Anaya Produce
Salinas, CA
831-422-9437

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