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With farmers’ market and Mi Pueblo grocery store, small East Palo Alto markets must compete (VIDEO)

By Joshua Adam Hicks | 9 Nov 2010

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In addition to seven small markets and one large grocery store, East Palo Alto residents can shop at a farmers' market on Saturdays. (Photo: Courtesy of Collective Roots)

East Palo Alto was known as a “food desert” for over 20 years, but that ended when the Mi Pueblo supermarket chain opened a store at the Ravenswood Shopping Center last year. Owners of smaller markets within the city were immediately concerned about competition. They still are.

The city now has around seven small markets, the larger Mi Pueblo store, and a weekend farmers’ market. Peninsula Press toured the stores to find out whether East Palo Alto truly was a food desert, how the old stores are holding up, and what each market has to offer.

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