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I moved to Minneapolis a year ago, and while I love love love it, one area I am really having a hard time adjusting to is the high price of groceries here (compared to Chicago). Paying .99 for a small bunch of cilantro is KILLING me when I'm used to buying 3 big bunches for the same price.

Granted, I was really spoiled in Chicago, living less than a mile from Caputos, a wonderful Italian produce market and deli. My husband regularly purchased imported proscuitto for 6.99/lb. and portabello mushrooms were a mere 2.99/lb., limes 15/$1, but I can't help but thinking there must be some hidden gems here in the cities I haven't discovered yet, beyond Kowalskis/Lunds/Rainbow/Cub. I would love if you would share your secret sources for inexpensive (yet good quality) groceries. Any produce markets I should explore? really good inexpensive ethnic markets? I am in SW Mpls, but willing to travel! any leads are appreciated!!

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  1. welcome to msp cheetobrain!

    before i attempt to help you find cheaper groceries i'm afraid i'm gonna have to ask you to do a reality check-- chi-town is right smack in the middle of the country, and in the middle of all the major train and diesel shipping routes-- of course food is gonna be cheap there, no matter where it is from. one of the tradeoffs of our beautiful rivers and lakes, gorgeous parks, great culture (esp theater) and high quality of life in general here in msp is that a lot of food's gonna be more spendy because we're that much further off the main food highway. you're gonna have to forget about cheap imported prosciutto and 15/$1 limes, we definitely just pay more for these items when we want them. :)

    okay-- on to saving bucks-- try exploring some of the local farmer's markets-- you will still be paying $1 for cilantro but the bunch will be much bigger-- the downtown mpls market is huge and hectic but popular with many. i'd go to st paul's market, for good produce at good prices, all locally grown by small farmers/market gardeners. don't overlook your local co-ops! some organic produce might be high-priced but the bulk spices, grains, pastas, and trail mixes are among the best deals in town-- here's a current discussion

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/419909

    once you are a co-op member, you're given a number you use while checking out of the store. at the end of the year you get a dividend check based on your total purchases, if the co-op profits. you also get member discounts and can order favorite foods by the case at a discount. a great deal!

    i have some other ideas but i gotta go work now-- i'll let the other msp hounds pick it up and check you back later.

    1. I am always enraged when I go out of town (Chicago in particular) and see how cheap groceries are elsewhere.

      I hesitate mentioning this place, but I have a love/hate relationship with it: Aldi. It's a European chain that caught on huge in Minnesota compared to other states, and I think it's because we have much more expensive groceries. The quality of their produce isn't always the best, but when they have deals, they have deals. Very limited selection at Aldi. Various locations in town. Richfield on 61st and Penn is likely the closest for you.

      I also buy a lot of produce at the various farmer's markets. You can get deals, sometimes.

      You should try United Noodles - Asian grocery supreme. You can find good prices there. Beware - it's hard to find!

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      United Noodles Asian Supermarket
      2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

      Farmer's Market Annex
      East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

      1. The Produce Exchange at the Midtown Global Market is a great source for cheap produce. The Farmer's Markets are usually very reasonable.

        1. Another Option would be to explore some of the ethnic markets around town. It takes more time, but I will often plan to hit up some of my favorite markets when I am in different parts of the city. Cossetta's is a decent Italian market in St. Paul, and thought it isn't super cheap , it has nice stuff. For cheap Asian produce, I like United Noodles. Also Holy Land and some of the Indian Groceries up on Central are pretty good, with good prices. There's also the Mercato Centrale on Lake, I have only bought fresh masa there but I bet they have good prices on some things.

          Good Luck.

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          Cossetta Italian Market
          211 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          United Noodles Asian Supermarket
          2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Holy Land Bakery & Grocery
          2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

          Patel Groceries
          1835 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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          1. re: kolgrim

            thanks for the suggestions so far. I know I was spoiled even by Chicago standards with my dearly loved market, but my husband called me last night from Salt Lake City just to tell me groceries are cheaper there too. We aren't obsessed or anything :)

            I have been meaning to get to United Noodle, so maybe a field trip is in order tomorrow. I do occasionally hit Aldis as well.

            I should also say that I truly appreciate the commitment here to local food and co-ops, something that was sorely lacking in Chicago. It was one reason I was excited to move here...just didn't realize the "price" I would pay for it.

            Kolgrim - how was the masa you bought? I have been craving my favorite torillas and thought I might try my hand at making some fresh ones...

            When visiting Chicago, I highly recommend a trip to either Caputo's, or Valli's produce. The prices on produce and imported good will blow your mind. Every time we go home for a visit we stock up on imported pasta, canned tomatoes, fresh tortillas, chocolates, etc.

            1. re: cheetobrain

              united noodle and dragonstar are good recs. also the shuang hur groceries on south nicollet ave and in st paul on university. good, cheap produce. super cheap meat but i wouldn't buy beef there unless i was making a loooong-stewed type dish.

              1. re: soupkitten

                Soupkitten: Have you had other meat or poultry from Shuang hur? I've never been brave enough. They also have a good fish counter that looks pretty good. I've only bought produce and processed food (canned, boxed, frozen, etc.) there. Most of the time Shuang Hur has what I'm looking for in Asian food and it's closer to me than United Noodle.

                1. re: bob s

                  sorry bob s-- i have only tried the beef, as i get chicken & pork from local farms mostly. i would probably not hesitate to buy a soup chicken from shuang hur though-- they looked good to me when i looked at them; but i'd get a roaster or fryer somewhere else maybe? if you try any of the shuang hur butchers' wares, be sure to post, as i'd be interested!

                  one of my favorite brands of processed canned foods-- coconut milk, red curry paste, etc. is called "hmong family" & it used to be ubiquitous at shuang hur, but the last few times i've had a hard time finding it. i liked the generally high quality of the stuff-- no fillers, all natural ingredients, no msg. have you seen this brand around town?

                  1. re: bob s

                    Hey Bob,
                    I go there about once a week. Most everything is very good. Excellent deal on Tofu and fresh noodles. The barbecues are great. My husband loves the chicken feet - I am not a fan of Chinese 5 Spice, but they are decent. The fish counter is very good. The talapia tastes like a dirty fish tank though - but I don't like talapia anyway. The fish always smells fresh and is well cleaned. The butcher counter has very polite helpful people.

                    1. re: PlymouthGirl

                      Thanks! I'll have to check them out. Is it only the tilapia that has a bad taste? Others are OK?

                      1. re: bob s

                        Others are ok. The tilapia tastes like a dirty fish tank smells. (ish)
                        I did buy baby octopus there and they were great one time and overly rancid the next time - both frozen so I was unable to detect a smell when purchasing.

                2. re: cheetobrain

                  The masa was excellent. I only made tamales, not tortillas, and I had never purchased fresh masa before, but I was really pleased with the results.

                3. re: kolgrim

                  I just got a tip about Patel's. The USDA recently lifted the import restrictions on produce from India. In India, they have over 70 varieties of mangoes - here we have 2. Patel's expected to get in some of these varieties, apparently. The trick when eating them that makes them fun is to pick a really ripe one, roll it back and forth on a hard surface so the flesh gets squishy and the juices get released, tear the top off and suck the insides out. A friend just got back from India, and he said it's a heavenly treat.

                  1. re: pgokey

                    ooo. i've been to india. i've eaten mangoes there. not all 70 kinds, but at least 40 because mangoes are my absolute obsession and favorite. the thought of patels having more than 2 kinds of mangoes is making me lightheaded.

                    1. re: pgokey

                      oh yum. I get an unfortunate allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes (but thankfully not the flesh!), so I won't be letting the skin touch my lips anytime soon...but I am excited to try some different varieties. Wonder what other produce will find its way here...

                    2. re: kolgrim

                      Mercado Central is awesome. Try the beef tacos at Taqueria La Hacienda - unbelievable.

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                      Mercado Central
                      1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                      1. re: kolgrim

                        Looking back at this thread, I noticed the mention of Cossetta's. I love going there, and even shop for some groceries there from time to time (depending on what I am going to cook) but I've never walked away and though "Wow, that was on the cheap." You pay either average prices, or a premium price for things there. I shop there because I like the specialty items, but not to save money.

                      2. Try a large Mexican market for cheap limes (though not as cheap as 15/$1) and other Mexican fruit in season. Bonus: the mangos are always much better at a Mexican store than from the mainstream grocery stores and co-ops.

                        El Burrito Mercado has good selection and quality of fruit and veggies. It's on the other side of downtown St. Paul, but one can usually find an excuse to head down that way (such as after a trip to the Science Museum).

                        Anne

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                        El Burrito Mercado
                        175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

                        1. Note also, for what it's worth, that we also have a Trader Joe's on Exelcior in Edina (it's possibly one of the worst TJ's in the country) and a Costco at Rtes 100 and 394 in St. Louis Park.

                          And if you want to feel better about prices and quality at Kowalski's, stop by our regrettable Whole Foods near Lake Calhoun. Also possibly one of the worst in the country.

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                          1. re: Loren3

                            I would agree, the TJ's in SLP leaves something to be desired. the new one (maple grove??) isn't too bad but kind of a haul. Costco yields nice produce deals, but there's only so many mangoes I can eat in one sitting!!! I was eating 2 a day to try to get through my crate before they expired.

                            Speaking of Aldis, I just got the sales flyer and they have limes & lemons .10 each and grapes for .99/lb. Not bad at all!

                            1. re: Loren3

                              Please explain how other locations are better or how these two stores don't measure up.

                              1. re: MplsM ary

                                TJ's SLP has a certain "flow" issue I find disconcerting. People tend to pile up in the aisles, making it hard to really browse and see all the products. I always feel pushed and rushed to make decisions. I have been to other TJ's (most notably the downtown Chicago one) where aisles are nice and large and you can really browse. Selection also seems to vary store to store at times. The Maple Grove store seemed to have better flow to me, but I have only been there once so I can't say for sure.

                                1. re: cheetobrain

                                  There is no arguing that both the store and its lot are way too small. That aside, it's a place where one can find grocery deals.

                                  I only go during off-peak times - it does get frustrating in there.

                                2. re: MplsM ary

                                  To clarify - the TJ's here is smaller with a much worse selection than any of its local competition (except for their proprietary snacky bits). There's better dumplings at United Noodle, better edamame at Costco, better beer and wine at almost anyplace in town, notably but not exclusively Surdyk's. And, yes, the parking and access suck.

                                  The Whole Foods here is just pathetic. I've seldom seen so many rotten fruits and vegetables (except maybe at Cub, but at least they're cheaper there), and after a few times, you get tired of taking it back. As for bread, Lund's, Beyerly's, and Kowalski's all have much better selection.

                                  So, in response to pgokey, my point is NOT that there are better TJ's and Whole foods elsewhere, it's that there are better places to shop here in the Twins that make these two almost unnecessary. Consider it less of a damning of TJ or WF, and more a strong praise for the great shopping opportunities we have here.

                                  Thanks.

                                  1. re: Loren3

                                    You're right about all the specific things you mention. But for me, both stores are welcomed addition to the shopping scene here. What you fail to mention about all of the other competitors is that they too have plenty of shortcomings of their own. And none of the other places are places where i can do all of my shopping. The entirety of my grocery shopping repertoire is comprised of a variety of stores. Each market has a unique asset that brings me there. WF and TJ have assets that bring me in. Like you say, the private label stuff they carry is good, and it's why I go. That alone makes them worthwhile. TJ also has better deals on olive oil than any other market, saving buying it in large cans.

                                    Both places are bad for produce. But so is Rainbow (the Uptown one, anyway), but I like Rainbow for cheap prices on basic items. Using the standard you hold to WF and TJ, I would have equal contempt for all grocery stores in the MSP area as they all have shortcomings.

                                    1. re: pgokey

                                      I guess I see it this way. Having lived in DC and Atlanta before moving here, I saw that TJ's and Whole Foods were the best of the lot with little to complain of. Great selection, really fresh produce and bread. The only real competition were the Amish markets in the DC area. Conversely, the chain stores - Safeway, Giant, Kroger, Pubix - all had much to complain about. In this town it's the opposite. I'm quite happy with Lund's and Kowalski's with little to complain of, and it's TJ's and WF that leave me flat. So chalk it up to my personal experiences, but in this town I'm content to shop at the local chains without ever having to swing by either TJ or WF.

                                      1. re: Loren3

                                        I thought you weren't comparing our TJ and WF to other locations in the country?

                                        You don't find Lund's, Byerly's and Kowalski's to be overpriced, if not ridiculously expensive on some items? And you don't find Kowalski's to be very limited in selection? I certainly do - I simply can't afford to buy anything other than specialty items at those places. And they certainly aren't good suggestions for "groceries on the cheap", by anyone's standards.

                                3. re: Loren3

                                  I've been to other Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and I am not sure I see much difference.

                                  Even if there are better ones elsewhere, comparing the MPLS location to one of the locations in California, for example, doesn't do anyone any good. It's not like we can pick between which location we can shop at - we're stuck with these ones. The only meaningful point of comparison to the compare them to other stores in MPLS. At that, they both succeed.

                                  Be careful of Whole Foods. I call Whole Paycheck. It can get really expensive there, depending on what you buy. There are indeed, however, deals to be found there - just not on produce.

                                  1. re: pgokey

                                    Ok, I think I see. When folks complain about Whole Foods i think it has to do with the ways we shop differently.

                                    I buy most of my produce at the co-op or farmer's market (in season) and when I can't get what I need there I fill in with Whole Foods. Here's my reasoning: I've bought some truly awful produce from the 'lower priced' markets and I'm tired of getting burned. Still, I'm only one person and one head of lettuce will get me through the week if it's good lettuce to begin with.

                                    I also get my grains/flour etc from the co-op.

                                    I buy my canned goods on special or with a coupon when I can from Cub or Rainbow. These are also the stores that sell me my soda.

                                    From Trader Joe's I purchase snack-y stuff, a couple refrigerated items, bread and frozen foods. The excessive packaging alone keeps me from buying their produce.

                                    From Whole Foods I mostly buy their 365 Brand: water crackers, olive oil, canned tomatoes and sodas. A couple of their 365 Brand frozen items are really reasonable: tater puffs and veggie lasagna ferinstance. Oh, and my Holy Land homos fix gets taken care of there too unless I've picked it up from the co-op.

                                    I've just read this over and apparently I'm a hoarder. Hmmm.

                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      i shop very similarly to Mpls Mary-- but i have been somewhat successful at quitting drinking soda, so i don't go to cub or rainbow unless i can help it. the quarry rainbow is near my work though and i do like it. i don't clip coupons, as i don't get the paper-- and i'm always cooking from scratch and the coupons are usually for packaged things.

                                      i don't go to tj's because i just don't really like it and it's too far away from me.

                                      i would rather spend the money and get good food so i don't troll too many discount supermarkets looking for produce. i'll pay more at a farmer's market and enjoy the much higher taste, nutrition and keeping qualities.

                                      that is not to say i don't like a great deal, like everyone else, so i hope i have something to contribute to this thread and i'm eagerly reading my fellow msp hounds' favorite grocery bargain secrets.

                                      1. re: soupkitten

                                        I also shop in a similar way. I actually do like the rainbow at 26th and lake. The mexican section is really good, and as long as you're careful you do pretty well with the produce, though in the summer it is the farmer's market or the back yard. every once in a while they will have great prices for red peppers 1.29-1.49 a pound and I will stock up. Also, their greens are nice 95% of the time.
                                        It's their cheese and meat and seafood selection that doesn't really thrill me.
                                        At Whole Foods I tend to only by meats, seafood and cheeses. You can get a good price on free range whole and split chickens though the fish is always pricey, though always nice as far as I can tell.

                                        1. re: kolgrim

                                          I have had a few sketchy experiences with meat and fish from Cub and Rainbow. I tend to buy my seafood and most meat from Costco. I can rely on the quality, and the prices are pretty good.

                                          I went to buy my limes at Aldis today, and they were limiting them to 5 a person because they were almost out. It kind of irked me, as it was the only reason I went to Aldi. I whined enough and they gave me all 10 I wanted to buy. I'm not proud, but I really needed all the limes!

                                          1. re: cheetobrain

                                            Well you had better luck than I did - I too went exclusively for the limes, but the Aldi I went to was already out.

                                            Cub and Rainbow, on balance, are not good places to buy meat and seafood (seafood in particular) if you care about quality.

                                            I am particularly sensitive to sustainable practices when it comes to seafood, too. I've read way too much about overfishing and the perils of aquaculture. All of their salmon is farmed (and dyed, too). The shrimp comes from troubling areas of trawling and overfishing, for the most part. Most of their seafood has been frozen and then thawed - even the stuff at the counter.

                                            Since I am not a massive seafood consumer, I limit my seafood purchases to something better quality and from more responsible sourcing.

                                            1. re: pgokey

                                              I usually go to coastel seafood for all my fish and seafood needs. They have nightly specials and everything is flown in fresh.

                                              http://www.coastalseafoods.com/Defaul...

                                4. I would also put in a plug for Bill imported foods. Run by a greek woman. But they carry all sorts of middle eastern and european foods. Great deals on cheese, olives, olive oil, charcuterie and chocolate. Sometimes they also have great produce finds as well.

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                                  1. re: mnitchals

                                    I agree about produce prices, but I have been stung on produce there a couple of times. Sometimes you can tell it's not fresh by looking at it, but other times I got it home and saw it spoil really fast - it was near the end of its shelf life on the store, but wasn't visibly so. So be careful when buying produce at Bill's, and then you're fine. The rest of store is loaded with good values. I live 3 blocks from there, and don't visit nearly often enough.

                                    1. re: pgokey

                                      Places link for Bill's

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                                      Bill's Imported Foods
                                      721 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                                  2. grocery shopping-i do a lot tho only for two of us and occasional guests. living in roseville, i've been pleased to find that the cub store at harmar has pretty good fruits and vegetables - usually well priced. one of the nice older vegetable guys who is in there in the morning is most helpful. he says this store is the training ground for cub's produce people - tho it sounds like a lot of you don't find cub too fine. they also have a nice international section that has recently expanded: big on mexican, fairly decent middle eastern, kosher, etc. i really like the jarred red peppers in the middle eastern section-better and cheaper than the more standard ones. in produce, usually good prices on red, orange and yellow peppers tho beware of the three pak of "stoplight" peppers, usually more expensive than individually. they have good deals on fresh blueberries now (yes, i love blueberries; eat them every morning with plain yogurt and kashi cereal, all in the same bowl.) in apple season, the organic section sometimes has wonderful ambrosia apples. for bread, they usually have good prices on new french bakery take and bake french and ciabetta bread and rolls.
                                    -i go to whole foods on grand and fairview in st. paul.....mostly for 365 products like the olive oil and in the winter, they have good organic frozen blueberries reasonably priced. wonderful frozen butternut squash ravioli and occasional good deals on cheese. their selection is great. i also like the ground bison and ground lamb from the meat dept. (ground bison mixed with an egg, worcestershire sauce, chopped onion and panko bread crumbs - fried in a little olive oil-because it's quite lean- for about 3 minutes per side - delicious).
                                    -surdyk's deli in ne mpls is always a treat. well priced and good coffee, great cheeses. i like the fresh mozzarella balls and greek feta cheese there as well as the selection of spanish cheeses. and that blondie bar near the register is the one i've been looking for - truly excellent.
                                    -holy land deli on central ave. in ne mpls is terrific. the prices on pita breads, hummus, dates, canned sardines, turkish fruit candies and more that i haven't yet discovered are true bargains. the gyros sandwich is superb. all prices there are very low and what a great atmosphere. the place hums.
                                    -still looking for a great place for good quality fish and meat - i scrounge around wherever i am and look for wild caught fish which is harder and harder to find.
                                    maybe my taster is off, but twice i bought free range organic chickens from farmer's markets and have found them to be tough and not very flavorful. and expensive.i would say the same thing about the roasted chicken we recently bought at brasos on east hennepin. $15 too. found a much better one for $7.99 at whole foods st. paul.
                                    -now that it's summer, hurray for farmer's markets. love them all but st. paul has an edge in the fact that everything must be from a 50 mile radius, so fresh and local. that's where i'm spending most of my food money now.

                                    1. Welcome to the Twin Cities.

                                      Another source of inexpensive produce, at least in summer, is the International (Hmong) Market in St. Paul on Como between Marion and Galtier, nearish to the Capitol. It might be a bit of an excursion for you (coming from Mpls), and it's challenging to locate to begin with, which is why I've waited to mention it until now (I wanted to visit it one more time so I could describe it to you), but photos and a description of how to get there are in this post (nearish the bottom--it's a long post, sorry). The photos of the signage at the entrance are in the post beneath.

                                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31830...

                                      The Hmong Market is comprised of a half dozen different buildings. The produce/farmer's market aisle is in "the back." And, by "the back" I mean, if you draw an imaginary perpendicular line from Como, the street from which you enter, and follow the trajectory of the line into the Market complex, the line would would point towards "the back". You'll see there are a couple of buildings on the left (a greenish one and a reddish one, which is the one with the food court in the very back) as you enter the Market; pass those. If you keep going towards the back, there are a several freestanding stalls selling videos or plants etc.; pass those. There will be a giant warehouse-y building on your right; pass that. If you go a little farther, you'll see an aisle (covered by a roof, but, otherwise open air) of farmers selling their locally-grown produce. Very inexpensive. But, also, not your typical produce--lots of varieties of eggsplants and bitter melon, for instance. Also, tomatoes, peppers, okra, herbs, some ginger (or it might have been galanga, not sure), onions...

                                      Inside the warehouse-y building on the right, there are more merchants selling produce--more herbs, lychees, pears, peaches, corn. You might have to wander to find it (I can't describe in a million years how to find it), but some of that produce (fruit, especially) is brought in from California and elsewhere. I'm not sure how cheap it would be since it's not locally grown, but it might still be worth investigating, though. If you get hopelessly lost, you could try to ask someone where you might find fruit, and they'd probably direct you there.

                                      I'm afraid they don't seem to sell any fresh fishes or meats or anything grocery-wise other than produce.

                                      (Thanks to clepro for organizing yesterday's Hmong Market Chowdown. I was able to get another look at the place so I could describe it here for you.)

                                      One other thing---even though I've been to this Hmong Market several times, I've never been in winter. I'm pretty confident the open air (but roofed) produce aisle is a summer-only thing, but I suspect (not 100% sure) the folks in the big warehouse off to the right who sell the imported produce would be there year-round.

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. It's not something I'd usually recommend on principle, but Super Target (Midway) has limes 10/$1 right now. Not as good as 15/$1, but, still, not bad.

                                        ~TDQ

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                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          still a great deal when you consider I have to factor in a trip back to chicago to get the limes more cheaply :) I plan to buy lemons and limes when I find them cheap, juice them and freeze them in cubes for future use so I don't have to spend the big bucks when I need a few tbsp. of juice at the last minute.

                                          thanks for the tip! I have been frequenting Costco, Trader Joe's, Aldis and Rainbow for their loss leaders recently, as well as getting to a few Farmers Markets (I am 8 months pregnant, so I kind of have to save up energy for such excrusions). I am excited for the Super Target in Edina to open in October.

                                        2. Hi! My favorite co-op is Seward, although I am technically closer to the Wedge and Linden Hills. A membership at Seward gets you a 10% off trip each quarter, plus you get great coupons in the mail. So I go there infrequently, buy lots of stuff in bulk, look for sales and use coupons - and my bill is surprisingly low for what I'm getting. Also, the produce people there are great and give good recs, so you know you aren't wasting your money.

                                          That being said, they are just too expensive for some things, so I go to other places too. Target is inexpensive but I sort of feel bad shopping there - Cub is another option but their produce is not so hot. The farmers' market is definitely cheap for produce, so get a good freezer and start storing things now! Check out some of the smaller ones if you don't want big crowds, like the Kingfield one or the Richfield one.

                                          I sometimes buy cilantro and avocados at a hispanic market on 37th and Nicolett called Cinco de Mayo Market (formerly Marissa's Panderia #2).

                                          Good luck!

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                                          1. re: Jitterbug

                                            on the cheaper sustainable groceries front: seward has a new "meat bundle" deal

                                            "designed to offer significant discounts on large meat purchases, dramatically reducing the price of meat per pound. We have put together several packages, ranging in price from $60 to $600. . . We now offer custom-designed meat packages, in which we cut the product, wrap it to your specifications and freeze it. Enjoy with your family or split your purchase with a friend or neighbor."

                                            also love the bulk products and grind yer own PB at seward.

                                            1. re: soupkitten

                                              Seward has grind-yer-own almond butter, too. Yummy yum num num! Now I don't have to buy the $11 jar of organic almond butter from California.

                                              Anne

                                              1. re: AnneInMpls

                                                Just a note, but TJ's has jars of organic almond butter for $4.99, from Oregon.