Johnson’s Produce Market Still Serving the Central City

In the heart of the city, Nebraska Avenue at Pulaski, stands a sight not common in inner-city neighborhoods anymore – a produce market – Johnson’s Produce Market.

In a building constructed about eight years ago, David Johnson and his staff sell fresh produce to individuals and to a number of retailers. Some of those products are grown in the fields adjacent to the market.

Johnson, who constructed the building about eight years ago, has been doing business on that corner since 1988, at first under a gazebo. He started brining in produce to the area in a pickup truck – loads of watermelons imported from Georgia that he would sell to places such as Monnette’s and would retail himself at stalls in the Farmer’s Market and on the inner-city corner.

Eventually he brought in goods from Indiana then those that were locally grown. How important is such a market to the neighborhood?

There is nothing like it for miles around with such regular hours.

Johnson’s Market is open from April through December, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.