Produce veteran recreates “huckster” truck of youth

10/31/2013 01:46:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Machi has yet to load it up with Consumers Produce fruits and vegetables and go door-to-door, like in the old days, but who knows what retirement could bring, he said.

For now, he’s content to take it to produce trade shows and drive it in parades and car cruises.

Much to his delight, Machi has found the truck means as much to others as it does to him. Recently, he took the truck to the 90th birthday party of Tony Balistrieri, the only one of the three Balistrieri brothers still living.

“When Tony’s nephew, Anthony, saw it, he started crying,” Machi said.


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john pandol    
Delano,CA  |  October, 31, 2013 at 03:52 PM

I saw a modern huckster truck at the Los Angeles market. Clean white with stainless steel shelves, the shopper accesses the shelves from the central 'hallway' down the center of the bed, stairs lead up from the bumper, a skylight illuminates the produce. I'll track him down and get a picture.

Lisa lachina    
Pittsburgh  |  November, 09, 2013 at 07:57 AM

Stories like that one Pete , keep me inspired to work harder everyday . Congradulatiions . Lisa

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