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where can i get cheap lemons?

greengelato Apr 10, 2007 10:58 PM

i'm doing the "master cleanse" and need to find cheap lemons in bulk. west la area preferred.

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    bulavinaka RE: greengelato Apr 10, 2007 11:07 PM

    Costco usually has huge bags - I think five-pounders... If you're more selective about the type - I think Eureka being the most common - you might seek out lemons at the farmers markets - they will have the most variety and often price them to sell when they're in season and if you by in bulk. If you have any family or friends with lemon trees, go there. Lemon trees are probably the most constantly productive citrus in So Cal. Most people who have trees let the majority of lemons fall off the trees and rot... Good luck with your 10 days... it gets easier once you make it through the first two days...

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      bulavinaka RE: greengelato Apr 10, 2007 11:24 PM

      Try some of the other farmers markets - as much as I like the SM one (I'm guessing you mean the Wednesday/Saturday on Arizona) it is pricey. Hollywood farmers market on Sundays has tons of tables selling lots of produce. If you're so inclined to go out there just for the good food and produce in general, it's worth it...

      Top Value usually has great prices on produce - can't vouch for the organic-ness though...

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      crystaw RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 02:46 AM

      I would also recommend Costco. I was on this lemon water diet so I'm very familiar with their big bags. Thank goodness my friend had a very fertile Meyer lemon tree. Check out some Mexican supermarkets. I sometimes got lemons at King Ranch in Monrovia (5 for $1 but I have no clue how much they go for now).

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        Diana RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 06:45 AM

        I have a neighbor who has a Meyer lemon tree, and he lets me scrump as many as I wish. My mother in law has a Meyer lemon tree as well, and she's thrilled to let me strip it.

        There are so many trees around local neighborhoods. Walk or drive around and if you see one, ask the owner if he would spare a few. Most owners I find are happy to let you take some fruit before the prolific things dump them all over the yard. One family can never consume them all!

        If that doesn't work, I find lemons cheap at Vallarta or Sun Valley Produce.

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          Dommy RE: Diana Apr 11, 2007 09:56 AM

          I agree...It's time to go meet the neighbors! :)


        2. Pei RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 08:56 AM

          Trader Joe's has lemons for $1.19 a bag. There are at least 6 in there, maybe more.

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            WHills RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 09:41 AM

            If "cheap" is key, I would try an Asian market or a Mexican one. Vallerta or maybe 99 Ranch. I think I've seen lemons sold at Mexican markets for 20 cents a pound or something ridiculous like that.

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              Pei RE: WHills Apr 11, 2007 09:54 AM

              A Mexican market would be a good place to try, but with the citrus situation this year the TJ's price is actually better than most Asian markets. And their lemons are very juicy.

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              greengelato RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 11:49 AM

              thanks for the advice, guys. unfortunately, i don't have any lemon tree-blessed neighbors and nearly all my friends are urban apartment dwellers. i guess it's off to trader joe's for me! :)

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                slacker RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 12:12 PM


                1. travistarr RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 12:26 PM

                  While it might not give you enough, you can check the maps for a tree in your area.


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                    yogachik RE: travistarr Apr 11, 2007 12:40 PM

                    Don't forget the 99cent store - I've bought bags of lemons there.

                    Two days ago, I paid $2.50 for 2 lemons at Wild Oats. I still can't get over it.

                  2. modernist RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 03:49 PM

                    how about free?


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                      OCEllen RE: modernist Apr 11, 2007 09:26 PM

                      A wonderful link - for other reasons - the planting of fruit trees in parks and public places - Thank you!

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                      ozhead RE: greengelato Apr 11, 2007 04:14 PM

                      At the farmers market in Calabasas (Sat., 8:30 - 1), I generally see lemons six for a dollar.

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                        Iateitup RE: ozhead Apr 13, 2007 11:20 AM

                        i just got a bag of 5 for 99 cents at the 99 cents store near Washington and Beethoven in West LA

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