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Old 10-31-2015, 06:01 PM
 
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I'm getting ready for my move to Durham and would like some recommendations for where the best place to buy good produce might be.

I've gotten spoiled in NJ. I have a supermarket here that does ridiculous "loss-leaders" on quality produce. I just paid 78 cents a pound for zucchini, 99 cents a pound for Gala apples, $2.49 a pound for brussels sprouts, 79 cents a pound for sweet potatoes. And the stuff is beautiful. Like I said -- I'm spoiled.

We also have Asian farm markets where they also have really nice produce for ridiculously low prices.

I don't expect to find anything like this in Durham. Anything that comes in from overseas or South America comes in via New York so it doesn't cost anything to ship it to NJ. I realize that shipping to North Carolina adds cost.

But for those of you in the Triangle -- where can one find the best value on quality produce?
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:40 PM
 
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We get the majority of our produce from Brinkley Farms CSA. Hard to beat farm fresh.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Stila for Asian produce. Or take a short drive to Cary and go to Grand Asia. Otherwise, it's whatever is on sale at Kroger or maybe harris teeter for me. (I don't guve a rip about organic. I want good prices and good tasting fruits and vegies.) Durham has a coupleof the nicer Kroger stores.

(I know what you mean about being "spoiled." We moved from Phoenix metro in 2012 and the cheap, good produce is one of the things I miss the most. Prepare for sticker shock.)
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:59 AM
 
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I don't like the produce at my local Harris Teeter in Durham, so I usually go to either Fresh Market or Kroger but the farmer's market is the best choice ultimately. Of course, Fresh Market wouldn't lead in value, but the quality is good.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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I'm getting ready for my move to Durham and would like some recommendations for where the best place to buy good produce might be.

I've gotten spoiled in NJ. I have a supermarket here that does ridiculous "loss-leaders" on quality produce. I just paid 78 cents a pound for zucchini, 99 cents a pound for Gala apples, $2.49 a pound for brussels sprouts, 79 cents a pound for sweet potatoes. And the stuff is beautiful. Like I said -- I'm spoiled.

Maybe you should try Aldi?

The prices you mentioned really doesn't sound that good. Especially the prices for brussels sprouts. Very healthy but just brussels sprouts. When I was a child I hated it so much to eat these "little puke balls". And my mum cooked them almost every week during fall and winter.
Maybe up to $1.49 a pound seems reasonable. If you can't get them for this price, you could buy frozen ones.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Stila for Asian produce. Or take a short drive to Cary and go to Grand Asia.
I don't know Stila, Jkg. Where is that? Usually I go to Li Ming's in Durham. They have a ton of Asian and regular produce, but I'm usually just there for other Asian goodies like weird candies.

For produce I don't mind paying extra for local so I go to the farmer's markets a lot and Weaver Street in Carrboro.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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The Durham co-op stocks local, organic produce if you can't make it to the farmer's market. It is not cheap however.
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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If you have never roasted brussels sprouts, you are in for a treat. Toss in olive oil with salt, pepper, a little garlic if you like, a little GOOD balsamic. Lay out on a cookie sheet in a 400-degree oven , turn half-way through. You can also slice them very thin and saute them with sliced onions -- also delicious and not those horrible boiled olive-green "puke balls" your mother used to make. :-)
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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If you have never roasted brussels sprouts, you are in for a treat. Toss in olive oil with salt, pepper, a little garlic if you like, a little GOOD balsamic. Lay out on a cookie sheet in a 400-degree oven , turn half-way through. You can also slice them very thin and saute them with sliced onions -- also delicious and not those horrible boiled olive-green "puke balls" your mother used to make. :-)
YES - I made and ate an entire bag of them yesterday doing just this.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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There is a difference between organic and conventionally grown produce. It tastes better and there are no pesticides. Monsanto plays no role in organic produce.
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