蔬菜的故鄉

西螺
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2019 / 8月

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雲林西螺是全國主要蔬菜產地之一,以生產葉菜類為大宗。來到田間可見到用綠色塑膠布搭建的一間間網室,除草、施肥、採收,忙不完的農活。天未亮小農就在網室裡辛勤的工作,他們一早就要把最新鮮的蔬菜送到鄰近的西螺果菜市場去販售。

上午六點多在西螺果菜市場,從梨山等地區載運高山高麗菜的大型貨車一輛接著一輛排隊準備卸貨,這是全國最大的蔬果交易市場,來自台灣各地的蔬果在這裡集中,又從這裡被送往全台各地,最後透過零售到你我手上。

從產地到餐桌,蔬果的奇妙旅程天天都在進行,有這麼多人的努力我們才能吃到最新鮮的蔬果,感恩惜物之心,油然升起。                                                 

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The Home of Vegetables

Xiluo Township

Jimmy Lin /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin /tr. by Phil Newell


Xiluo Township in Yunlin County is one of Taiwan’s most important vegetable growing areas, relying mainly on leafy vegetables for income. When you come into the fields you can see net greenhouses covered in green plastic mesh, as well as people doing the endless workaday chores of farming: weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting. Even before sunrise, small farmers are already hard at work inside the greenhouses. They want to send fresh vegetables to the nearby Xiluo fruit and vegetable market as early as possible.

Just after 6 a.m at the Xiluo market, large trucks transporting cabbages from high-­mountain areas such as Lishan are waiting in line to offload their cargoes. This is the largest wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Taiwan, and produce from all over the country comes here before being distributed to retailers islandwide, who finally sell it to people like you and me.

The amazing journey of fruit and vegetables from farm to dining table is played out here every day. It is only thanks to the hard work of so many people that we can eat the freshest fruit and vegetables, a fact at which one can’t help feeling a sense of gratitude.           

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