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Moving to Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens area -- Where is the best place to get produce?

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astoriajb Jun 24, 2008 09:59 AM

hi all,

i'm moving from astoria (need to change my handle) to what i think is technically cobble hill/boerum hill but obviously close to carroll gardens, as well, and i'm curious as to where the best produce is, and where it is affordable.

thanks in advance for your help. any other neighborhood suggestions you have would be welcomed, too, obviously...

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    seb Jun 24, 2008 10:52 AM

    there is a farmer's market at Borough Hall on Thurs & Sat (maybe other days too, not sure) and a small one on Sun. at Carroll Park.

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      psnative Jun 24, 2008 10:58 AM

      Jim & Andy's Produce on Court & Warren

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        MShapiro Jun 24, 2008 12:36 PM

        The produce places on Pacific & Court, Sackett & Court and the one near Sahadi's on Atlantic all have better produce and later more convenient hours then Jim & Andy's IMO. I found both of the produce places on Court are a little less expensive then the one on Atlantic, but not by much. Chop Shop on Smith and Dean tends to be pricey.

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          Nehna Jun 25, 2008 02:43 PM

          I tend to shop for convenience (very close to me if I'm in a hurry) at Pacific&Court but its very overpriced for what it is. The place near Sahadi's has much better selection and much better prices. I like going to Jim & Andy for their great selection of mushrooms, but otherwise, while they're very nice in there, the selection is a little light and the quality hit or miss.

          The farmer's market on Sunday on Carroll Street is something I look forward to, but its still early in the season and the selection on sunday was pretty meager. I did get some very tasty local strawberries and cherries. But otherwise, there werent a lot of veg to choose from. Later in the summer, I go every sunday.

          Chop Chop is terrible for veg....they pretty much stopped carrying most of it and what they do have tends to sit around and be over priced.

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      kellyxrene Jun 24, 2008 11:02 AM

      The Cadman Plaza/Borough Hall farmer's market is great, but if you can't make it (or it's a weekday, or whatever...) I really like the produce place on Atlantic and Clinton (or so - it's between Key Food and Sahadi's). Their selection is great for a neighborhood place, and it's really affordable... Also, since you're there, you can go to Sahadi's and Damascus Bakery!

      1. BklynBlaise Jun 24, 2008 11:23 AM

        Welcome to the neighborhood. I just moved to CG a few months ago, so I've been exploring the options, as well. I've found that the two best options are the produce market on the southeast corner of Court St. & Pacific St. (the name escapes me), and K&Y on Court St (betw. Douglass & Degraw). Of the local produce markets, they have the best quality, selection and prices. There are also two farmers' markets: 1) Carroll St. (between Smith & Court) on Sundays; 2) Bklyn Borough Hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They're not as big as the Grand Army Plaza one, but they're nice to have close by, nonetheless.

        There's also Park Natural health food store on Court St (between Union & President St) that has an extensive selection of organic produce. It's pricier than the other options, but the selection and quality are quite nice (and cheaper than Whole Foods). I purchase most of my non-produce groceries here. In general, I think you can bypass most of the supermarkets in the BoCoCa area, but if need be, there are two Met Foods (on Smith St., near Warren St; and on Henry St., near Degraw).

        Hope this helps.

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          vatl619 Jun 24, 2008 11:26 AM

          the fruit & veg green grocer on atlantic between court and clinton (right by the keyfoods) always has a good selection and very reasonably priced.

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            venezuelan Jun 26, 2008 01:16 PM

            I co-sign this place. The only negative is that sometimes the lines can be killer!
            But they usually move pretty fast

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              contempt Jun 27, 2008 12:13 PM

              Agree, this is my favorite. But the lines make it pretty bad to shop inside.

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                JonL Jun 27, 2008 12:22 PM

                I have NEVER in 15 years had an issue with lines. When things get busy they open a second register. Longest wait? Maybe 4 minutes. The only exception has been airhead yuppies babbling on the phone instead of going for the purse (and then hurling attitude at everyone else who, bless 'em, let her know that she should talk or walk.
                They are a successful business and they do a decent job of managing it.

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                  Nehna Jun 27, 2008 03:03 PM

                  I'm with JonL on this one. I can't remember ever contending with a line there, are we talking about the same place? Like 6 doors down from Sahadi's? I've rarely had more than one or two people in front of me at the register.

                  Maybe it's when we go? I tend to go in on the weekend, after a visit to Sahadi's or Damascus. I'm not sure if I've ever been mid week (but then, you'd think saturday or sunday afternoons would be shopping prime time....).

            2. EJC Jun 24, 2008 01:49 PM

              Everything has been pretty well covered, except the CSAs. Cobble Hill (fills up very quick), Brooklyn Heights, and Carroll Gardens all have their own.

              Borough Hall green market is convenient, but is underwhelming compared to Union Sq and GAP. The Union St bus drops you off a block away from the GAP market which is nice.

              I love the Atlantic/Clinton veggie market and probably stop by daily, but it ain't the most ambitious selection (the same people own K&Y on Court near the cobble hill theater). Pacific Green on Court and Pacific has more exotic stuff, but it doesn't always seem as fresh to me.

              There's also the Garden of Eden on Montague b/t Court and Clinton for even more exotic produce?

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                empka Jun 26, 2008 07:28 AM

                Park Slope Food Coop not so far away - if you don't mind a monthly work commitment. Good prices, great quality.

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                  eno Aug 5, 2008 04:06 PM

                  i second that, despite the many objections that may be raised. these range from "it's a hippie cult" to "i don't want to work" to "i prefer to get completely ripped off at fairway". :)
                  i usually just send the butler to do my work shift on my behalf.

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                  Akiva718 Jun 27, 2008 05:28 AM

                  Also don't forget Fairway in Red Hook. It's a little bit pricier, but the quality is excellent. And they have just about anything else you'd want too.

                  I don't have a car so sometimes I take the B61 bus there and a car svc. home, or I carpool with a friend.

                  Depending upon where you live it may be a bit far for you, but if you want something special you can't beat it.

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                    Nehna Jun 27, 2008 06:27 AM

                    You know, I'm a big fan of Fairway -- but NOT for produce. I think their produce quality is pretty bad really. It's extensive...but often not very fresh looking, and very often I'll come home and find some of the veg off (i.e. peel an onion to find out its gone bad inside, etc).

                    Honestly, it's the most disappointing thing about Fairway.

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                      cgchow Jun 27, 2008 07:43 AM

                      I completely agree, Nehna. I've become extremely selective when buying produce at Fairway, having been burned too many times by mealy watermelons, salad greens that are past their prime, and numerous other disappointments. I love Fairway, but now buy most of my produce at Met Foods on Henry, which is a block away from me. I think perhaps Fairway's supply may be greater than demand, and so the items sit for too long.

                      I have also had repeated problems with milk -- the bottoms of the cartons look wet but not leaky, until I get them in my fridge and see that they are indeed leaky. I've stopped buying milk there altogether.

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                        Akiva718 Jun 27, 2008 11:28 AM

                        Hmm. I think they're about as reliable as anyone else is. I stopped going to the Met on Henry for reasons similar to your complaints about Fairway.

                        There are 2 other places I shop for produce, Rossman's on 3rd Ave. @ 26th St., and Circus Fruits on Ft. Hamilton on 59th.

                        I buy what I need that's fresh at each, knowing that some have better quality of particular items.

                        The things I get at Fairway I stand by, but I do shop other places for other needs.

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                          contempt Jun 27, 2008 12:16 PM

                          Wow, I'm glad it's not just me because everytime I go people are stockpiling produce. I think the fruits there are the worst, goes bad in a couple of days. The veggies like broccoli and such are fine, never had a problem.

                          As for the milk that cgchow brings up, for me it's not the leaking. It's the fact it goes bad even with 2 weeks left on the expiration date! I think in winter times the milk was fine, but who knows how they store the milk now. Agreed, never buy the milk there from now on.

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                            bobjbkln Jun 28, 2008 05:59 PM

                            Just bought a container of light cream there yesterday, dated July 28. Took it home it was sour on first use today. Bought it because the half and half (dated July 14 and bought three weeks ago went bad last week). No more milk/cream at Fairway for us.

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                        korgy Jul 11, 2008 08:32 AM

                        i think everything has already been covered...but for me:

                        - farmer's market @ Borough Hall / Cadman Plaza

                        - Chop Chop little yuppie market is good in a pinch for certain things

                        - actually, Met Food on Smith and Warren has some real goodies occasionally - last night, we bought some excellent blueberries locally grown in New Jersey. big selection of organic eggs, etc. fine for fresh ginger, scallions, etc.

                        1. missmasala Aug 5, 2008 07:26 PM

                          agree with with what people are saying pretty much. here's a few more details, mainly carroll gardens centered.

                          1) i usually start my shopping at the met on smith. this is the absolutely cheapest place to get things like limes and lemons, also usually decent quality cilantro, parsley, dill. often the other stuff looks good, too, but sometimes it doesn't.

                          2) whatever doesn't look good or isn't cheap at the met, i usually pick up at the market on court and douglass. their selection is fresh and reasonably priced, and they have some useful things like lemongrass that you can't find at the met.

                          3) the produce at park natural on court is good but expensive, but if you want organic this is the place to go. even if you don't want organic, it carries some unusual stuff that is hard to find other places--ie. this is the place i go if i need cavalo nero, dandelion greens, red chard, golden beets, etc.

                          4) the farmer's market at cadman plaza is great during the summer/fall for produce. not as good as the GAP (and def not as good as union square) for non-produce stuff. The carroll street one is nice but small and doesn't have one of those big stalls that carries a wide variety of veggies.

                          5) glad other people feel the way i do about fairway produce. every once in a while, they will have something great at a super price (usually outside) but most of the time i find the produce there overpriced and horrible. the organic selection may be of better quality, but i wouldn't know, as i don't usually buy organic. the best thing in the produce section at fairway, IMHO, are the vacuum-sealed, already-cooked beets from france.

                          hope this helps. welcome to the neighborhood. what you won't find here are the supercheap "ethnic" greengrocers that you probably have in astoria, and are in JH (I often stock up at patel bros as I find their produce stays fresher for longer than stuff I buy around here) and we have in brooklyn in sunset park, bayridge, and kensington. but you can usually get what you need.

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