For the past few years TJ's has carried gift boxes of dried fruit which make excellent hostess gifts around the holidays. The manager of my local TJ's (MA), informed me that they will no longer be carrying them. I particulalry liked the dried red plums (NOT PRUNES) that were included in the mix. Does anyone know any good on-line purveyors? I would like to keep the price point reasonable - not at the level of Neiman-Marcus!
My favorite dried fruit vendor at the SF farmers markets is Neufeld dried fruits (also mentioned in the Chowhound guide).
At the farmers markets they have all sorts of regular and unique dried fruit. In the link below there is only offer 33 of them ... like dried September sun peaches or dried green pluoots. Link is below.
I'm not sure what price range you are looking for. Wouldn't it be better to post on your local board to find stores that sell dried fruit. It would save on shipping. However, I noted that Neufeld waives shipping for orders over $24.
There is also CJ Olson which has fabulous apricots and other dried fruits. However, they seem to be working on the online store, so you would have to call in the order. Knowing Olson, while they are worth it, they might be pricy
The other local place, but third on my list would be Casa de Fruta. Dried fruit is their thing. Good, but not as good as the other two.
If you search for "dried red plums" on google, there are a few online sources. However, never tried these places. It seems they are also called aloo bukhara