From there Ho drives the day’s produce in a trailer towards Go Vap Wholesale Market, stopping on the way to leave some pre-ordered vegetables for customers on the side of the road.
In Go Vap Market, it’s 5am and it’s frenetic. There’s no time to talk here, no time to gossip or shoot the morning breeze. Transactions are fast — how much? Okay, here’s the money. Because of the rain, a lot of the crops in and around Ho Chi Minh City have been damaged. So prices are high — VND200,000 for 12 large bunches of water spinach. Despite this, Ho sells out within an hour.
One of his buyers, Mr. Hoa, is a market stall owner from Tan Phu. An hour later in Tan Phu Market, he and his wife have set up their vegetable stall selling, among other things, the produce grown on Ho’s farm. At 9am, Ms. Hien arrives and buys a small bunch of water spinach for VND15,000. She takes it home to cook for lunch. — Kyle Phanroy and Vu Ha Kim Vy
Photos by Kyle Phanroy / September 2015