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May 15, 2009 11:58 AM

Produce Junction - locations

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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  1. (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. 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. 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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        1. re: NYChristopher

          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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: gardens4me

              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

                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.

              2. re: gardens4me

                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)

                1. re: gardens4me

                  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.

                  1. re: iamzorba

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