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Old 08-25-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Ralph's is plenty cheap to me. If you think Ralph's, Von's, etc. is expensive, try New York City. On average, your grocery bill there would be 100% higher, literally.
She isn't in NY silly. She's sayin' she can't afford what she already found available nearby.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Farmer's Markets or Kosher/Ethnic markets are the way to go for fresh produce. I believe the Mar Vista Farmer's Market is close to you... also may want to try Payless Produce Market at 10817 Venice for Middle Eastern type market, or A & S Market at 10867 Venice for Asian type market.

MarVista Farmers Market


this is the best post: most directly answering your needs, that i've noticed so far.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:29 PM
 
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I'd suggest checking some of the farmers markets near you. There is one on Sundays at Santa Monica Blvd. (about a block west by the courthouse) major cross street is Sawtelle Blvd.

You may not be able to find prices as cheap as you want, but you can budget for the increased cost.

I've found Farmers Market prices to be less than grocery stores. Some of the vendors may also offer an end of day discount.


"end of day discount" - this rules for any venue!!! I've lucked out, without even directly planning it, at plant sales & bead shows.

The Asian markets can have better prices than Trader Joe's on the little lunch packs of sushi dishes, ESP when they're getting close to the expiration date.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:46 PM
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Hello,

I just moved in Los Angeles and live on Venice/ Sawtelle Blvd. I am looking for places to buy cheap vegetables.

I went to VONS, TRADER'S JOE and RALPHS. They are all terribly expensive. Are there cheaper supermarkets? I heard Fiesta and Cardenas were cheaper but they are very far from where I live right ?

Do you have any advice ?

Thanks,

Laurent
Yes, as pointed out, you need to find farmer's markets and ethnic grocery stores (Asian, Mexican, etc...). The ones you pointed out are the larger chain stores. Albertson's, Ralph's, and Von's are the major US chains (on the west coast) and generally cost more. Trader Joe's is okay, but not much in the way of large selection.

This might be useful for finding co-op's and farmer's markets. Sorry, I'm not that familiar with shopping in that location.
Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food

There are definitely gems out there once you can find them.
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