Pasqualina Verdi,
(The Queen of the Market) 1979

Pasqualina was a war bride from Tuscany.  Her first husband was killed in WWII leaving her in poverty with an infant son.  She met a American, Dominic Verdi,  through his brother who was still in Italy and she and Dominic eventually married.  They had a truck farm in the Green River valley and then in South Park.  They opened their low-stall at the market in the middle 50s.  This photograph is how I remember Pasqualina — hearty, cheerful, laughing.

By 1990 Pasqualina’s son Mike and daughter-in-law Sue were taking care of the business but that didn’t keep her away from the market.  She died about a year later.

After Sue’s untimely death in the mid 90s their South Park farm, the last working farm in the Seattle city limits, went to an NFP, Seattle Youth Garden Works.  I’m proud that this photograph of Pasqualina now hangs in their office.

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