Ten kilometers outside Ho Chi Minh City, a wholesale corn market exists where traders from the Mekong Delta gather to distribute their produce to retailers in the southern metropolis.
The ‘corn market,’ situated on Trinh Thi Mieng Street in the suburban district of Hoc Mon, has no official name, but is colloquially addressed as ‘Nga Ba Bau Market,’ given its position next to a Y-junction.
The wholesale market has been open for dozens of years and is the only gathering place for all varieties of corn before they are distributed to smaller markets and retailers in Ho Chi Minh City.
The facility consists of 20 booths of all sizes, with prices based on the size and type of the produce.
Vu Thi Hanh, a resident of Thu Duc District, has visited the market on a daily basis for more than ten years because “this is the biggest corn market in Saigon,” she says, applying the former name of Ho Chi Minh City.
Below are some photos of the market taken by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s Huu Thuan.
|Women classify corn based on size and type.|
|Each truck needs five to six people to unload and classify the corn.|
|Major booths at the market source two or three ten-ton trucks of corn every day.|
|Besides wholesaling, the market also sells corn to individual buyers.|
|People unload corn at the market in Hoc Mon District, outside Ho Chi Minh City.|
|Corn transported from the Mekong Delta gathers at the market.|
|People are hired to classify the corn for up to VND80,000 per truck.|
|Corns are sourced from nearby provinces including Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, An Giang and Vinh Long to the market before being distributed to retail buyers.|
|The market is constantly frequented by a number of wholesale corn buyers.|
|Ho Bao Toan, a frequent customer from Nha Be District, visits the market twice a day.|
|‘Stick corn,’ which can be boiled, fried and grilled to make well-loved street food dishes to Ho Chi Minh City, is the market’s best-seller.|
|Payment is made quickly without too much bargaining.|
|U.S. corn is the most expensive at the market, fetching VND3,500 apiece.|
|The 20 booths at the market source products at different times, meaning it is always busy.|