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Produce Junction - locations

NYChristopher May 15, 2009 11:58 AM

Having read of them here and elsewhere, I went to go find Web site for them, something that might at least have locations and hours. Argh, no such luck.

So, can any chowhounder help me out? I'm in Center City presently but looking towards South Philadelphia in the near future.


PS - Do the carry bulk grains, too?

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    GBak504 RE: NYChristopher May 15, 2009 02:00 PM

    (215) 572-8829

    265 S Easton Rd
    Glenside, PA 19038

    Contact Information
    BROOMALL, PA 19008

    Phone: (610) 604-4664

    there are others...try google or citysearch

    fruit, veg, flowers (cut/potted), misc garden chachki, cheap xmas etc seasonal decor. no grains.

    1. mschow RE: NYChristopher May 16, 2009 10:02 AM

      In NJ, where PJ started, there are several locations. Closest to the city would be Lawnside/Magnolia on Route 30, Maple Shade, just off of Route 73 (East Gate Shopping Center), Marlton, Route 70E just after the Marlton Circle.
      Do yourself a favor and go early in the morning if going on the weekend. I've been to at least 8 locations for PJ in NJ and PA, and everyone has a scary parking lot. It gets very crowded on the weekend, and getting in and out of the parking lot can be unnerving. Great prices of flowers and plants this time of year. No grains are sold, but they do have different types of nuts for sale.
      Usually they open around 8:30 and close at 5:30, open on Sunday as well. The OP is correct, just google and you will come up with exact addresses and contact info for all local PJ.

      1. NYChristopher RE: NYChristopher May 16, 2009 01:01 PM

        The problem I have is that I own no car, so Center City (where I live) or South Philadelphia (where I expect to be moving to) really make the most sense, for now anyway. Of course, if I move close to the Italian Market, none of this will really matter:

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          purplesachi RE: NYChristopher May 16, 2009 05:48 PM

          There's one on Bryn Mawr ave that's near a train station and bus (dunno what line). AFAIK all the others are in the suburbs.

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          bolimaker RE: NYChristopher May 16, 2009 06:39 PM

          There is on in Darby, Pa., in the area of Chester Pk. and Mac Dade Blvd. Public trans is in the area. Also, one in Glenolden, a block off of Chester Pk. Both are not too far from Philly. A Septa train does run nearby, several blocks away and buses run along Chester Pk. However, I do not know rte. numbers.

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            gardens4me RE: NYChristopher May 17, 2009 05:02 AM

            If you live in Center City, the Italian Market would be your better bet, since you have no car. Honestly, I don't find the produce at PJ that good, much of it severely under-ripe and you can't touch or smell it. I go there (Glenside) for flowers and that is all. In this area, would much rather go to the Oriental grocer on Mt. Carmel than PJ.

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              Beulah RE: gardens4me May 17, 2009 10:42 AM

              There's also one in Hatboro, with a big parking lot, off York Road north of Byebery.(Near the Hatboro train station) I like the red peppers, which are really good, not unripe or overripe. We also buy potatoes and sometimes asparagus. My husband buys bunches of basil which I then make into pesto. We live in Center City now (used to be in Huntingdon valley) so my husband only gets there about once a month.

              1. re: Beulah
                mschow RE: Beulah May 18, 2009 01:32 PM

                I always buy the red peppers there, and make up some fresh roasted peppers. You can't beat the price!
                I do avoid seasonal items from there in the summer. For example, tomatoes, cucumbers, and anything I can buy from a farm stand I won't buy there in the summer. You simply can't beat the taste of a locally grown and fresh picked tomato. But in the winter, I opt for the cherry tomatoes from PJ and have even found some of those expensive tomatoes on the vine at PJ. For less than half the price they they are at Wegmans.

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                purplesachi RE: gardens4me May 17, 2009 12:38 PM

                i go to the one on bryn mawr ave frequently and i think that the produce is superior to that found at the italian market. i've never really had any issues with quality at that particular PJ. that said, i think if you are looking to pick up one red pepper with which to cook, then the italian market better suits your needs. but if you are trying to make roasted red bell pepper soup and you need like 2 lbs of peppers, then PJ is worth the train/bus/cab/etc ride (at least once to see if you think you can use the amount of bulk produce PJ offers)

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                  iamzorba RE: gardens4me Dec 4, 2009 08:13 PM

                  When I was shopping the Italian market years ago, you weren't allowed to select the pieces you wanted and you certainly couldn't smell them. You'd risk getting yelled at by the vendor. Most of the places adhered to this practice.

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                    Bigley9 RE: iamzorba Dec 7, 2009 10:09 AM

                    That practice has changed at most of the vendors - lots of times they hand you a bag to select your own.

                2. NYChristopher RE: NYChristopher May 17, 2009 11:19 AM

                  Wow, it really does sound like not only won't I find one in Center City or South Philadelphia, I guess it isn't worth the effort. Don't misunderstand me, I LOOOOOOVE the Italian Market, I think it's the bomb, but like all good Chowhounders, I like to seek things out for the sake of seeking them out and making my own judgment. That said, proximity is an issue for me, and I guess if I have to hop on SEPTA to get to a place that, at best, might be as good as some of the places in the market, maybe I should simply tuck it away in the back of my head for when I am farther up north (it happens a fair amount) or if I get lucky and happen upon one. Thanks for helping this (relative) newbie.

                  - visiting Philadelphia for 20-odd years
                  - living in Philadelphia for less than six months

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                    mazza3 RE: NYChristopher May 18, 2009 08:06 AM

                    you should hit up iovine's at the reading terminal then. good produce variety, much better quality than most of the stalls on 9th street. and you can get bulk grains in rtm too.

                    yeah, produce junctions aren't too close to downtown, and to be honest, while they are good, they are not worth the special trip. if i were you i would investigate all of the asian supermarkets i could too. a lot have an excellent mix of produce at very cheap prices....

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                      NYChristopher RE: mazza3 May 27, 2009 12:23 AM

                      Really? Who has them? I went to Bella Vista Natural Market in the Italian Market (small, but fairly priced) and Essene (on S. 4th in Queen Village ... larger, but prices, whoo-hoo!). If I could find the grains at RTM I'd give it a spin.

                      PS - BIG Iovine fan, I agree. How long can they keep selling asparagus for a buck a bunch I wonder.

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                        Bigley9 RE: NYChristopher May 28, 2009 10:11 AM

                        Sadly, the bulk grains place is no more in the RTM. You can get limited options at 12th st Cantina (mostly beans) and lentils at the middle eastern place with the dessert dsiplay and smoothies, but no more rice, quinoa, barley, etc. The Spice Corner in the Italian Market also has some bulk grains (just to add to your list!)

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                        LauraInPhilly RE: mazza3 May 31, 2009 12:37 PM

                        I second Iovines

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                        Buckethead RE: NYChristopher May 18, 2009 08:45 AM

                        The city's farmer's markets are starting to open for the season, see if there's one near you:


                        Most of the produce at the Italian Market is the same crap you get at the grocery store. I agree with mazza3, Iovine's is very good. Reading Terminal is very accessible by SEPTA, just get off at City Hall and walk 3 blocks.

                        1. re: Buckethead
                          Bigley9 RE: Buckethead May 18, 2009 09:20 AM

                          I agree the Ital Market produce is no different from the supermarket in most cases - but it usually IS cheaper esp for things like limes and lemons, red peppers, and mangos.
                          The gem of the markets produce (IMHO) is Anastasi's (sp?) on Christian Street just west of 9th, next to Superior Pasta. They are mainly restaurant supply, and only have produce out on display on Saturday, but they will get you anything they have any day they are open - so if you are looking for baby arugula or baby artichokes, blood oranges, etc. they are the place to go (or if you need a case of endive...)
                          That said, I get most of my produce at the RTM (Fair Foods, Livingoods, Iovines) or the farmers markets in season (headhouse, Passyunk and south)

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                            Buckethead RE: Bigley9 May 18, 2009 10:28 AM

                            There's also one place in the Italian Market on the east side of 9th, close to Christian, in between Anthony's Coffee House and Anthony's Chocolate House, who in my experience has better produce than most of the other vendors on the market.

                            1. re: Buckethead
                              Bigley9 RE: Buckethead May 18, 2009 10:29 AM

                              I agree

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                                coolgeek RE: Buckethead May 24, 2009 05:27 PM

                                Is that the Mexican one? I got some really good looking mushrooms there the other day

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                                  Bigley9 RE: coolgeek May 26, 2009 07:06 AM

                                  no, the one I'm thinking of is operated by Asians and actually has a store front, so it has produce on the street side but also on the store front side of the sidewalk.

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                            juice RE: NYChristopher May 18, 2009 10:15 AM

                            I'm fairly close with the owner of PJ and I've asked him the question of why he hasn't opened any locations in Philly. His response was that their is too much red tape/bureaucracy to open up downtown. Plus, his locations are doing extremely well outside the city in including a new location in Allentown and future locations planned down the shore. He's going to stick w the suburbs and Delaware Valley.

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                              NYChristopher RE: juice May 27, 2009 12:25 AM

                              Thanks for the tip. BTW, next time you talk with the owner, you might suggest they throw up a basic Web site with locations and hours. From what I have read, I am not the only one who had a hard time getting this information.

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                                juice RE: NYChristopher Jun 1, 2009 12:36 PM

                                Great suggestion. I'll pass it on.

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                              mschow RE: NYChristopher May 18, 2009 01:37 PM

                              If you want to take a ride, you could jump on the Patco line to Collingswood. They have a farmers market every Saturday and there are many local NJ farmers who sell there. Everything is fresh picked, and the farmers market is located right at the train stop. There's also a farmers market in Haddonfield, though I haven't been there. It would be about a 15 minute train ride.

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                                NYChristopher RE: mschow May 27, 2009 12:26 AM

                                Sweet, I could give it a try. I am right off PATCO now, thanks! (Especially as - and I'm ducking already - I was terribly underwhelmed and disappointed with the Headhouse Market.

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                                  Buckethead RE: NYChristopher May 27, 2009 08:13 AM

                                  It's still early in the season, there isn't as much variety available now as there will be in a month. It's a farmer's market, not a grocery store.

                                  1. re: Buckethead
                                    NYChristopher RE: Buckethead May 31, 2009 09:42 PM

                                    Totally understood. I'll return, I'm sure. I guess I was so used to my experience at Union Square in Manhattan and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn that I had bigger expectations for Headhouse (not the others, mind you, but I had heard Headhouse was the largest.

                                    1. re: Buckethead
                                      barryg RE: Buckethead Jun 1, 2009 04:45 PM

                                      Yes, when Headhouse is in full swing it is pretty bangin'. I don't think Collingswood will be any better,

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                                keby RE: NYChristopher May 19, 2009 07:52 AM

                                I know there is one in Exton, one in Phoenixville and one in Elkins Park

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                                  bananafishes RE: NYChristopher May 29, 2009 06:39 AM

                                  What about going to Reading Terminal Market? I find the prices and quality at Iovine's is really good. The prices at OK Lee are low, but the quality is spotty. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's awful.

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                                    coolgeek RE: bananafishes May 31, 2009 05:58 PM

                                    I love OK Lee's 99 cent bags, but you do have to give them a quick check

                                  2. dawnies27 RE: NYChristopher Dec 4, 2009 02:01 PM

                                    there is a really nice produce junction in doylestown pa, you can take the 55 from Olney to the front door of the place....very good produce and prices..i go there every day on my way to work.....

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                                      miticodan RE: NYChristopher Apr 10, 2013 05:09 PM

                                      Oh, I just happen to have created a public map of all the Produce Junction locations... Good luck


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