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Killer produce market opens at 9th and McKean

Don’t worry, the market won’t kill you. It’s just that good.

Owner Mario Castillo opened the market, called Fruits and Veggies to U, at 9th and McKean¬†about three weeks ago, and he says he’s been getting great response from his neighbors, who no longer have to get in a car to buy fresh produce.

9th and McKean

Castillo, who used to work in restaurants, said he had been saving up before he lost his job at Santa Fe Burrito in Wynneood. “There was a bodega on each corner, so I figured this was a good spot for fruits and vegetables,” he said. Good idea.

He offers your standards and some everyday household items, but also more exotic items like prickly pears, aloe leaves, guava and other tropical fruits, plus flowers, for about half what you’d spend at CrAcme.

Good luck, Mario.

Much better than the corner-store church in the “before” shot from Google Street View.

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4 Responses to Killer produce market opens at 9th and McKean

  1. Anonymous December 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Great! We needed a fresh veggie and fruit place in this area. Good luck

  2. David G December 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Any word on hours?

  3. Albert Stumm December 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I think he said open till 7, but it’s not in my notes and I can’t find a phone number for the life of me. Anyone else know the hours?

  4. Albert Stumm December 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    From Mr. Castillo himself: “The hours are 8 to 10 Monday thru Saturday, 8 to 9 on Sunday.” Even better!

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