One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A farm that produces vegetables for the market.
- ‘Truck derives from the old French troquer meaning ‘to barter; give in exchange ‘(hence the US usage of truck farm for a market garden, because its produce was often bartered rather than sold; it has nothing to do with vehicles).’’
- ‘In the 1950s the land on the western edge of the city of Albany was largely truck farms.’
- ‘Gone were the orchards, truck farms, and grasslands of his childhood.’
- ‘By the late nineteenth century when agricultural boosters arrived, they found a ‘derelict’ not ‘pristine ‘Everglades and set out to create subtropical truck farms.’’
- ‘Throughout his childhood, his family lived on a succession of truck farms in Arizona and southern California.’
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