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Old 05-14-2013, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We're stunned at the lack of locally organically grown tomatoes picked at the right time available at the local supermarkets here in sw fla, specifically port charlotte, between sarasota and ft myers. Peaches? In 10 years of living here maybe a couple of times the local supermarket has had anything that wasn't as hard as a baseball and they don't ripen after a few days they rot from the inside. Even bannanas, can you believe it in southwest Fla bought them, they were so premature , hard as a rock. There's only 1 Asian market here in town and while we appreciate it, we'd like to be closer to more than one if at all possible. We have a small Italian deli/market here in Fla closeby. It would be a big plus if such a thing existed there in riverside-temecula.

Fortunately we grow a lot of our own tomatoes, the best white sweet potatoes just by dumb luck, oranges in the backyard etc but the local supermarket, public and winn dixie leave a lot to be desired. There's always farmers markets but with such a business schedule sometimes it's hard to go especially since they always seem to be on a saturday morning. How's the produce in the supermarkets in Riverside? Temecula? Any smaller gourmet grocers? Asian grocery stores? We're hoping there's more of a diversity in ethnic foods there but who knows, we've never been and won't be there till the end of june. Trying to collect data and set forth with plan in hand to visit the types of places assuming they exist that would appeal to us if we lived there etc.

Thank you in advance for your input. This move if it happens will be a major thing for us.

Last edited by MrTudo; 05-14-2013 at 10:22 PM.. Reason: I should have specified in "Supermarkets-Gourmet-Asian"
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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There's always farmers markets but with such a business schedule sometimes it's hard to go especially since they always seem to be on a saturday morning. How's the produce in the supermarkets in Riverside? Temecula? Any smaller gourmet grocers? Asian grocery stores? We're hoping there's more of a diversity in ethnic foods there but who knows, we've never been and won't be there till the end of june. Trying to collect data and set forth with plan in hand to visit the types of places assuming they exist that would appeal to us if we lived there etc.

Thank you in advance for your input. This move if it happens will be a major thing for us.
Produce is excellent in SoCal. Lots of smaller gourmet (Trader Joes, Sprouts) and ethnic grocery stores.

Farmer's markets? Lots and lots on different days.
Sundays - Canyon Lake, Galleria at Tyler Riverside, Murrieta, Old Town La Quinta, Loma Linda
Mondays - Grand Terrace
Tuesdays - Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino Farmers Fair and Market
Wednesdays - Palm Desert CFM, Temecula Promenade Mall, Chino, Chino Hills
Thursdays - Redlands
Fridays - Sun City Cherry Hills Farmers Market, Riverside Arlington Ave, Riverside Kaiser, Fontana Kaiser, Lake Arrowhead
Saturdays - City of Riverside's Downtown, Corona, Old Town Temecula, Palm Springs Cultural Center, Redlands, Upland
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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You forgot one: Fontana, CA - Official Website - Farmers Market
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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Oh, cool. Thanks!
Is it a pretty good size? Or just 5 or 6 stalls? I haven't visited that one yet
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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It fills the parking lot. Go to sat view and take a peek at the lot behind the Center Stage Theater, NE section of Sierra Ave and Arrow Blvd for an idea of the size.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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There are lots of farmstands in Riverside too where you can get produce directly from the farm. These are growers in the city, not hundreds of miles away. Off the top of my head there's one on Van Buren and a few around Victoria/Madison. It's a little secret, actually. A lot of the farms are Certified Naturally Grown which is basically the same as the Organic label. It's just that to call yourself an "organic" grower you have to pay about $25K to some regulatory agency. Just visit the farms and talk to them about their practices.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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^^^^ I have heard this as well. The organic cert cost a lot of money money money.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Produce is excellent in SoCal.

It's pretty darned good in the northern part of the state, too. We have some farmer's markets that go year round. My favorite just opened last Sunday and will run through December. I rarely buy fruits and veggies from the supermarket. Picked too soon, come from other parts of the world and have absolutely no flavor.

Continued population growth, chewing up valuable farmland with housing developments is only going to increase the lack of available fruits and veggies in this country, in the coming years. A double whammy is when Mother Nature hits an area hard with drought, a long freeze or scorching heat. Sure hope they invent that little capsule that tastes like a baked potato or an ear of corn soon so we'll have something when the real thing is either no longer available or is so expensive, only the wealthy can afford it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:23 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Also Tom's Farms in Temescal Canyon.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Great, what about at supermarkets, asian or gourmet markets? This is the main interest.
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