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Best Produce within 30 mi of New Haven

I've lived in New Haven for almost two years and I've been continuously disappointed with the produce offerings in local grocery stores. I've found that Nica has a good selection, but vegetables that are less commonly available, like golden beets and Jerusalem artichokes, often aren't very fresh. In a moment of desperation, I drove up to the Whole Foods in West Hartford, where the selection didn't fare much better. I'm not looking for the exotic-- just fresh and tasty, although it wouldn't hurt if someone could tell me who carries m√Ęche on a regular basis.

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  1. Further up on Orange St, there is Ceasers. Like Nica's it is small, but you might try there.

    1. Doesn't NH have one of the best farmers markets in CT? Wooster Sq Market?

      http://www.cityseed.org/city_markets/...

      1. Connecticut Natural Food Mart, 575 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT 06473

        and amanda is mostly right, it is still early for anything but greens (and dairy and meat) , but once it gets going the farmers market in Wooster Sq. is awesome.

        1. I know what you mean. When I moved to New Haven eight years from the west coast, I just about cried when I went into a supermarket . . . .

          Then I discovered East Rocker's Connecticut Natural Produce in North Haven, on Route 5 north of the Big Y. Great stuff, and CHEAP. Well worth the drive . . .

          Mache is tough, though. Don't know if I've seen it outside of WF . . . great stuff, isn't it?

          1. Bishop's Orchards (exit 57 I-95) has Mache and overall nice produce - not cheap though. Stew Leonard's (Norwalk or Newington) also carries nice greans including mache regularly.

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            1. re: debvil

              Its a bit of a schlep but I second Bishop's, very good selection and fresh.

              1. re: debvil

                Ditto on Bishops

                Farmers Markets are beginning to pop up

                I usually have goodluck at them