In addition to the efforts of individual ventures and companies conducting their own export businesses, food was bought and sold as a commodity in the stock exchange by firm agents for consumption both in the U.S. and in Europe. The Produce Exchange, housed at 2 Broadway after 1874, was the nation's leading market in wheat, flour, lard and cottonseed oil.
Beaver Street, showing the distinctive building of the New York Produce Exchange, as photographed across Manhattan's first park, Bowling Green (Lower Manhattan), c. 1884
Courtesy of Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations