Produce and Fruit in Astoria
Having given up on produce in Jackson Heights, and not gotten over my trepidations about pickup at Fresh Direct (I'd rather select my own produce, thanks), that leaves Astoria, where I need to be several times per week anyway.
So...is there any one consensus favorite produce source in Astoria? Quality and variety are most important, and organic is prefered (but not necessary).
The fave used to be that corner market on 30th ave around 34th street, but that was years ago...
What's wrong with Jackson Heights? Have you ever been to any of those mega-Indian produce markets on 37th Ave around 75th or 77th Streets? I think those places are great, although you won't always find "American" produce.
For Astoria, I also like the two markets on 30th Ave and 33rd/34th Streets.
Astoria is great for produce. Try United Bros. at 33rd Street and 30th Ave or Elliniki (sp?) just down the block. Both traffic in cheap, but usually quite fresh produce. Elliniki has great herbs (you have to ask for them, since they keep them refrigerated in the back.) Sometimes both places seem to have a run on overstocks or some tired shipment of, say, pints of berries or cherry tomatoes or artichokes or lemons or..., but at these prices, who cares? You might have to be a little flexible since their selection varies. Delightfully far removed from drab supermarkets.
Some of the Trade Fair produce departments are worth a look. They've gotten better than they were years ago. 2355 Broadway is the one location that comes to mind.
Key Food, 31st/Ditmars Blvd, will provide you with the quality and variety you want.
Jim try Top Tomato on Ditmars Blvd and 34 st or Best Super Market (they are carring some organic's)
Their are also few good fruit stands on 30 Ave between Steinway st and 31 st