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Nov 16, 2007 02:21 PM

Farm Boy - Palms Area

Has anyone been to the new Farm Boy location on the corner of National and Overland (Used to be a Blockbuster in that spot)? Worth the trip? Outside banner says "Sushi & Yogurt" doesn't sound like a good combination if you ask me. <LOL>

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  1. what what what?????

    is this the same Farm BOY as Sherman Oaks in the Trader Joes minimall????
    we LOVE the fruit and veggie plates for all of our parties,
    and the Fro-Yo is DIVINE!!!
    never tried the sushi, but it always looks like Supermarket grade...Bristol Farms supermarket grade

    will drive by tomorrow

    1. Responding to my own post - is that a Chowhound faux pas? I was curious so I checked it out on my own. Fresh fruits and veggies, good variety and selection. Self-serve Fro-Yo .40 cents an ounce (plain tart, strawberry, mango and blueberry flavored), pre-packaged sushi and pre-weighted dry goods (nuts, licorice, etc.) No beverages, meats or dairy sold. Hours Daily 9am-7pm. I don't know if it's the same Farm Boy as the one in Sherman Oaks but plastic bag says there's one in Long Beach and I believe they are Korean owned.

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      1. re: tatertots

        It sounds like it's the very same as in Sherman Oaks. And the sushi isn't bad, for that type of sushi. Better than TJ's or Costco for sure, maybe better than Gelsons. You do have to shop carefully in terms of the fruits and veggies, and particularly in terms of the herbs, but if you do then you will likely be happy.

        1. re: Debbie W

          Shop carefully because of quality or prices? I've been watching this place under construction, and didn't realize it was open. I'd never heard of the chain before, I'll be dropping by this week!

          1. re: writergirl

            i think Debbie W meant in terms of quality... sometimes it's not consistent... for example, i bought persimmons last week (fuyus @ 99 cents/lb and hachiyas at 1.29/lb), and the fuyus were almost all insanely bruised, but then today, they were glorious.

            so much is so much more affordable... and a nice variety. they also sell cooked stuff, like veggie pancakes, kimchee, soups, as well as snackables --love the honey mustard pretzels.

            the frozen yogurt is great, especially b/c you decide how much you get and pay per ounce. and, the topping selection is great as well... yogurt chips, pb chips, sprinkles (rainbow and chocolate), mixed berries, kiwi, pomegranate, granola, etc.

            1. re: Emme

              Right, quality. Some good, some less so. My main issue is with herbs because they package them in those styrofoam trays with plastic wrap and they are never very fresh, so I tend not to buy herbs there. I've also had occasional problems with stone fruit in the summers, but the plums have been good as have the apples. Avocados, not as good or at least not consistent. Etc. Shop carefully, like I said. I had no idea it was any kind of chain, thought my local store in Sherman Oaks was the only one. Still haven't done the fro-yo, trying not to. :-) Good price on those persimmons, today we bought some at the Studio City Farmers Market at $2.50/lb. for both Fuyu and Hachiya.

              1. re: Debbie W

                HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!!

                same as Sherman Oaks- if you ever need a fruit platter or a veggie platter- so much nicer and fresher than Costco

                99 cent clamshells of delicious raspberries yesterday!
                no honeycrisp apples though

      2. With the exception of the yogurt, how does this place compare to Marina Farms?

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        1. re: glutton

          It's cleaner and more organized. I love that they have lots of cut fruits. I was in a hurry to make a fruit platter so I grabbed a few containers of cut-up honey dew, cantalope, watermelon, pineapple, orange, and pink much cheaper than Whole Foods.

          1. re: glutton

            I stopped going to Marina Farms years ago because I thought their quality was going down the tubes. I stopped by there again recently and the whole place didn't smell very good and lots of fruits and veggies were way past their prime.

            Farm Boy, on the other hand, is my new favorite place to shop for fruits and veggies. The prices are generally much lower than in comparable stores, and I've found the quality to be uniformly excellent. I do hope other people will discover this place so it stays in business!

          2. Stopped in for the first time today. Picked up some Fuji apples and green beans which looked and tasted crisp and fresh, and I think it cost me a total of $2.35. I'll be back here. I really hope business picks up for them. If you're in Palms, please do stop by and support them. I don't know where else you could get that quality of produce at that price. Another local quality favorite of mine (Tatin Coffeehouse) shut down already. I hope this place doesn't go the way of Tatin.

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            1. re: hch_nguyen

              I, too, hope the local community will support this market. The last two times I was there in the past ten days, I was one of very few customers, no more than 3 cars in the lot. (It's a great place to park since they are the only store in the strip mall, however, getting in and out is best done in a southerly direction .) I find their prices to be comparable to or lower than the 3-major supermarkets, and the quality very good, especially so with their raspberries and strawberries that will keep for a week. No smushed-up berries at the bottom of the container, and they are the Driscoll's brand. Their yogurt will be great once the weather warms up a bit. Sushi selection is usually small but very fresh. Only complaint: The store is EXTREMELY cold and makes one want to leave ASAP, and the handwritten signs are very hard to read. Whoever writes the signs loves to make black line squiggles under the words, and it all blends together into something pretty unreadable. Overall, hope it does well.

              1. re: hch_nguyen

                Well, I have to say that my curiosity pushed me to search what kind of store it was on the web, because as tatertots mentioned in the first post, outside of the "sushi and yogurt" banner I had never heard of Farm Boy before, and I'm pretty sure that without stopping on this board and reading all your comments, I would probably not have stopped in there... or at least not as soon as tomorrow!