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Having lived in a few neighbourhoods in the DC-MD area, I am wondering where people think the best place is to get fruits and vegetables.

When I lived in Logan Circle and then moved to Bethesda, I was shocked at the difference in quality between the Giants. The Logan Circle one, which is in a non-affluent neighbourhood, had produce that clearly would go bad within a few days. While up in Bethesda it was produce that was much more enticing. I guess I am naive to think that the supermarkets wouldn't be that obvious about dumping stuff on lower income customers.

I've tried Whole Foods but the prices are out of control. And MOM has very limited selection.

Are the farmers markets the best way to go?

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  1. At least in NoVa (Fairfax), I have pretty much given up on the Giants, A&Ps, and Shopper's Warehouses for produce. Even in a relatively affluent area the quality of the produce greatly varies between the stores.

    I found that in Fairfax the best places for produce are Super H (best prices) and Wegmans.

    Of course living in Baltimore now I've determined that farmers markets are the best way to go.

    1. I buy most of my produce at WF or at the Takoma Park Farmer's Market.

      1. If you have a Harris Teeter in your neighborhood, check it out. I wasn't all that impressed with the first HT that opened in our Alexandria area, over at Lake Barcrfot, but, recently, they put up a huge flagship store on Duke Street, in the Foxchase Center, and their produce is SPECTACULAR. Organic and non-organic, and the prices are competitive. Not unreasonable at all.

        Their fish department, too, I must say, is amazing. We're now eating fish or shellfish three or four times a week because of this store. Their meats, as well, as pretty nice, and I've been buying our meats at Costco, which was terrific. HT is better and more convenient.

        I hope you do have a Harris Teeter nearby.

        1. Farmers markets are great but I find it hard to get to them, plus it's only seasonal (with obvious reason w/ the seasons--who wants to be outside in the cold?). Have you tried asian markets? They have a wide variety and are fairly inexpensive.

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          1. re: chowser

            Several of the DC-area farmer's markets are open year round. Dupont Freshfarm, Arlington, and Takoma Park for starters.

          2. The green grocer was recommended to me by a neighbor. http://www.washingtonsgreengrocer.com/ Check out their website. (It is an area delivery service for fresh produce

            )

            For now I use a combination of Harris Teater, Whole Foods, and the Farmer's market.

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            1. re: ChocoHound

              We used to do WGG a long, long time ago, and really liked it. In fact, your message has prompted me to think about restarting!

              1. re: DanielK

                Same here, except we've never subscribed before. It almost sounds too good to be true. I'd be grateful for anyone's experiences with WGG, but we're still going to sign up. Thanks for the information.

                1. re: Atlantis

                  We only stopped because our circumstances changed, and we were overwhelmed by the quantity.

                  It's not cheaper than shopping yourself. It's not better than the better produce in the area, though it's certainly better than the average grocery store. But as a 2-working-parent family, if it can save me a trip or two to the store each week, that has great value.

                  The quality of what they brought was great. You can go every week, every other week, every month, or only on demand. You can substitute at leisure. You can skip a delivery. The list is posted in email a few days ahead of time. And they were incredibly nice about replacing anything that wasn't top notch (this only happened once, and their response was extraordinary.)

                  Heck, I just talked myself into it. We're back in!

                  1. re: DanielK

                    Thank you ! I'm sold, as well. Their site gave me the impression we'd be dealing with really menschy folks, and that was encouraging. I'm not sure there could be too much good organic produce here, but if we can skip a week, well, hell, we're in, too.

                    Thanks so much for this. It made the difference, and I am certain this is a very good one. You did a serious good deed here, DanielK. Thank you again.

            2. I recommend checking out Asian markets such as Han An Reum in Wheaton for unusual choices (no organic though) and Sniders in Silver Spring (not too far from Bethesda) for produce deals. I did WGG for a couple of weeks just to see and I didn't see the advantage for anyone except folks who live downtown. I didn't think the quality was better than what you find in stores in the burbs and you get stuff you might not use. I seem to remember there was a thread about this a while back. Also, I know a lot of people who like Shoppers for produce but there's not one close to me.