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What is your favorite street corner fruit vendor or food?

Krys Stanley | Feb 3, 200512:36 PM

You see them often selling bags of oranges. In the summer there are the trucks filled with watermelons or boxes of cherries. They appear and disappear with the seasons.

Sometimes outside of ethnic markets women selling tamales show up. At the old, old Ferry Plaza location, there was a family selling tamales in one of the market parking lots. They were really good, but they never followed the market to Green Street. For a while, while a building was going up, a guy outside my garage showed up with a bucket of tamales to sell to the construction workers.

I finally got tired of passing the guy on the cell phone selling bags of oranges on the corner of Rheem and 29th in Richmond and pulled over. Hey, I’ll go for anything that is drive up and doesn’t involve getting out of the car.

He said 2 bags for seven bucks, four bucks for one bag. Way too expensive, I thought, and said no thanks. Three dollars a bag he quickly said. I don't think they were anything special, but my fiance prefers these to my Berkeley Bowl tangerines.

Now this opened a new world. Is it customary to negotiate prices? Are you considered an easy mark if you don’t? What is the etiquette here?

It has certainly been an interesting year. One week buying produce at the Ferry Plaza farmers market, the next week haggling over a bag of oranges in Richmond.

Isn’t there some sort of curse about “may you live an interesting life?”

Anyway, do you have any street corner merchants that you favor? It seems there is always someone with seasonal fruit on Grand Avenue in Oakland before you get on the freeway.

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