The Bellwood Flea Market 

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Scott Elmquist
With her daughter, Maribel Gomez makes and sells homemade fresh cheese —Yolanda’s Queso Fresco — in three flavors: plain, habanero and jalapeño.
Scott Elmquist
Every week, Ramiro Cortez drives his imported produce from Raleigh, N.C., to Bellwood and other markets.
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Farmer Maro Godinez has learned that Bellwood’s diverse Hispanic customers call vegetables by many different names: He calls zucchini calabazas, but he’s also heard ajote and pipián.
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Tony Garcia and his wife, Hidalia Morales, use money earned from selling hats and other items at Bellwood to buy their children clothes and diapers.
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Among the produce offered at Bellwood is cactus, being prepared by vendor Raul Zarate.
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Green chile peppers sold by vendor Ramiro Cortez who drives his imported produce in each week from Raleigh, N.C.
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Vendors spread out on the sprawling blacktop parking lot, sometimes referred to as Bellwood Beach.
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Customers gathered at the produce stand of Ramiro Cortez, which does a brisk business on a recent Sunday.
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Bellwood has become a destination for those looking for specialty food items.
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Axel Martinez helps out the family business each week by setting up cowboy boots.
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Helen, 5, and Amber 1, escape the summer heat by creating a play area in the back of a stock truck.
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Dresses arranged on a chain-link fence by Petersburg vendor Frances Browder.
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Sunday is the busiest day of the weekend, with a large influx of customers arriving after church.
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Fresh cactus.
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The market has become a blend of traditional vendors and those from the Latino community.
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Vince Druid, a regular at Bellwood, strums a guitar, which he says has a great tone.
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Daniel Herrera and Rigoberto Flores take a break to kick a soccer ball around outside a produce tent.
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Several men work inside the produce tents preparing cactus for sale.
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The market is very much a family affair for both vendors and customers.
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Fresh guava from Mexico.
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With her daughter, Maribel Gomez makes and sells homemade fresh cheese —Yolanda’s Queso Fresco — in three flavors: plain, habanero and jalapeño.

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