Trucks crammed with produce travel hundreds of miles from every corner of Cuba each weekday to form long lines at the 114th Street Market _ a teeming open-air bazaar on Havana’s outskirts that has become a key hub for getting farm products to people in the capital, the Associated Press reports. For a photo gallery go to http://news.yahoo.com/ap-photos-farmers-market-bustles-havanas-edge-041721627.html
The market’s bustle is a result of economic reforms begun in 2010 by President Raul Castro, which includes relaxing rules on private farming. In another reform, Cuban authorities recently authorized small farmers to also sell directly to hotels and tourist centers beginning this month.
Produce is brought in by growers themselves and by transportation specialists who make a living by buying crops far away and hauling them to Havana, the island’s biggest and most important market.
Some sellers show up with the trunks of their 1950s Chevrolets stuffed with garlic, onions and…
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