11/30/2012 01:41 pm ET

Tracking The Fruits And Vegetables Of Hunts Point Market (INTERACTIVE MAP)

Surrounded by walls, secured by guards and tucked on the southern edge of the Bronx, the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market presents a forbidding face, to the extent it’s even visible to the public. But within its gates lies a bustling city within the city, defined by brotherhood as much as business.

Vendors and customers punctuate bouts of buying or bantering over prices with jokes, laughter and, on occasion, singing. The stories of the employees are more often than not sagas of families — generations of fathers and sons who found their way into the frenzy of the market and were hooked for life.