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Great Produce Markets in Phoenix Area

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I am interesed in great produce markets in the Phoenix area. No interest in regular chain store supermarkets. I would appreciate recommendations for markets with great prices, high turnover of product and things not found in the regular supermarkets.
Any ethnic market recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket in Chandler

    1. Super L (Formerly 99 Ranch Market)

      This store is in the Chinese Cultural Center on 44th St. just south of the 202 freeway. It carries more varieties of bok choy than I ever knew existed, along with numerous other asian produce items.

      http://www.99ranch.com

      Ranch Market (not to be confused with the Ranch Market above)

      The biggest store is at 16th St. and Roosevelt near downtown. There are some other branches in South Phoenix and on the west side. Carries a large variety of produce with an emphasis on items used in Mexican and Central American cuisine.

      http://www.prosranch.com/

      Sprouts

      A locally-based chain of groceries with an emphasis on fresh produce and bulk goods. An affordable alternative to Whole Foods.

      http://www.sprouts.com

      Henry's

      A competitor to Sprouts. A divison of Wild Oats at a lower price level than Wild Oats stores.

      http://www.henrysmarkets.com/

      Besides these choices, I can remember a great produce market on Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe, but I haven't been there in years and haven't heard much about it recently. I think the owner sold the store and opened a new one in east Mesa. I'm not sure what the status of the Guadalupe store is these days.

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      1. re: silverbear

        I've been to the one you're thinking of in east Mesa, known as Guadalupe Farmers Market Too. It's on Power in between Elliot and Warner. Good quality produce, terrific prices.

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          Thanks for the update. Although east Mesa is too far out for me to visit regularly, I'm glad to hear the new location is thriving. Does anyone know if the original Guadalupe location is still open under different ownership?

          1. re: silverbear

            I'm pretty sure it is; I go through Guadalupe on my way to IKEA every now and again, and I remember seeing it there.

      2. Most Food City's have great produce sections that meet the requirement of good prices, variety and turnover.

        BZ

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        1. re: Bazel

          Also, Food City typically has fresh made tortillas (not as good as Ranch Market) and a healthy variety of latin ingredients such as every conceivable type of dried chile, and fresh epazote.

        2. I love all of these places. Love. Love. Love.

          Yet for produce, you often have to use it within 12-48 hours.

          That's not a slam. Not a negative. Just something to consider.

          They are at their peak of freshness.