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Best Produce in Santa Monica?

There are no farmer's markets on Mondays as far as I know, but I wanted to pick up some quality produce at good prices. Anyone know which markets are best?

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  1. are you looking for small indie places or larger supermarkets. there's obviously Whole Foods...i also used to get good stuff at the Co-op on Broadway occasionally.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I'm looking for either large or small. I think Whole Foods is overpriced, but I do like their quality. I'd love to find any market on the westside that has farmer's market quality produce with cheap prices. But that might be a tall order. Haha

      The Co-op is a good idea though. I seem to always forget about that place.

      1. re: eglaub

        i moved away from LA over a year ago, and i still haven't forgotten about it...they had the best bulk section.


    2. The Co-op does have good produce, but I find their prices to be comparable to Whole Foods, with a smaller selection - some things a little more, some a little less, but most about the same. Natural Foods (I think that is the name), the little health food store on the corner of Main and Pier in Santa Monica is also expensive but their quality can't be beat by any larger store.

      1. Marina farms on Centinela just north of Jefferson has pretty good produce and fair prices. Not exactly Santa Monica, but close. Much cheeper than whole foods.

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        1. re: Baron

          Yes! I was going to recommend that place but I didn't know the name or exact location, haha - I always pass it when I'm driving to the movies at Cinema De Luxe and make a mental note to stop by.

        2. Lets not forget Costco. They seem to have very good produce and the absolute best prices. Only thing you have to buy in quantity. Great tomatoes, string beans, letuces of all kinds.Good fruit, you name it.

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          1. re: Baron

            I like the Co-Op. I can't do a price comparison with WF because I don't by fruits and veg at WF. I can say that the Co-Op is cheaper than Ralphs and Vons unless the item is on sale at the latter stores. I like the Co-Op and find it a great alternative if I've missed the FM on Saturday.

          2. The produce is at SAN VICENTE FOODS in nearby Brentwood is good quality and I have found lately cheaper for some items than Ralphs and Whole Foods.

            1. Co-Op is pretty good. A little pricey, but good. Ditto for Whole Foods. Personally, I like the Vons at Lincoln and Broadway. Decent selection and the prices are usually pretty good. I got a bunch of asparagus there the other day for $1.25. Can't really beat that.

              1. I think it all depends what you're looking for. Produce is too general a term for all that one can buy. I have to go to many different places, depending on the items.

                1. Give Bob's Market on Ocean Park a try. The Wednesday market it isn't, but the produce was always decent (better than Vons or that God-awful Albertsons on Wilshire) and reasonably priced.

                  1. Thanks for all the suggestions!

                    1. Have you tried the new produce market in Santa Monica? I think it's called Farmers Choice. In any case, it's on Pico next to the Trader Joe's. They have local, seasonal produce at very reasonable prices.

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                      1. re: CarynD

                        I was just in there the other day for the first time to buy some tomatoes and I have to say I wasn't all that impressed. What have you found that really seems like a deal (or is better than what you are finding other places)?