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foodforus Jul 3, 2009 02:28 PM

Its almost the 4th of July and I have great cherries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, watermelon and even figs but any decent blueberries anywhere that won't break the bank? Been to WF, Fresh&Easy, Jons, Pavilions. Love to have some. Maybe I'm just impatient but that "blue" really does it on the 4th.

Thanks!

  1. Servorg Jul 3, 2009 02:35 PM

    Have you checked Costco? They usually have them and the price is normally good. What about Marina Farms on Centinela near Jefferson? They probably have them but the price may not be any better than what you've found so far.

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      compucook Jul 3, 2009 02:43 PM

      I got some super sweet ones at Whole Foods a few weeks ago. Way better than Costco's or some of the others. Truly sweet.- I'd insist on a taste first!

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        Servorg Jul 3, 2009 02:49 PM

        I agree about Whole Foods having great blueberries. It's just the OP said that they wanted suggestions for places that they hadn't already considered them at and decided they were too expensive.

    2. Das Ubergeek Jul 3, 2009 02:48 PM

      Your local farmers' market. If you're in SM or Irvine tomorrow morning they'll have them there -- Irvine has not one but three growers of blueberries. California's blueberry acreage has skyrocketed as folks have bred high-bush varieties that can stand our parching summers, and while the results are not going to give Maine or New Jersey a run for the money anytime soon (low-bush berries are sweeter and more fragile than high-bush), they're pretty good and at a going rate of $8 a pound, not so expensive you can't indulge.

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        foodforus Jul 3, 2009 03:01 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions this far! My FM is Sunday here in Hollywood and I guess I am impatient, since my normal haunts are charging up to $5 for a mediocre 8oz clamshell.

        DU you are spot on about the California berries. Its an exciting prospect and I can't wait. I've been reading about the yield and considering how new it is in relative terms its very exciting for us. In the meantime unless I make a score either later tonight while I am picking up a few last minute things or tomorrow am - I'll make it a blue Sunday! Happy 4th all!

        Thanks!

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          Kitchen Queen Jul 3, 2009 03:19 PM

          Foodforus-
          I was at Farm Boy Sherman Oaks the other day and picked up Driscolls for 2.99$. They were hugely plump, fresh and very blueberry. I loved 'em. http://ofarmboy.com/default.aspx Now, they have two kinds, the regular, small variety for less $ and the Driscolls extra plump. How 'bout the Overland location??

          If you want to take a drive, Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark has pick 'ur own blueberries or you can buy from their market but, I looked today and the package was 3.75$!! Check out Farm Boy, I was very pleased. Happy 4th! http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/

      2. westsidegal Jul 3, 2009 04:39 PM

        reasonable, but not exceptional, sweetness, at a great price: the 99cent store.
        the one on lincoln and rose in venice had them today.

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          JudiAU Jul 10, 2009 02:13 PM

          There are several local vendors at the Hollywoof FM. Only a single vendor is certified organic. (Worth listening to the recent Good Food show to find out why).

          The organic blueberries have been superb the last few weeks. Equal to anything I have had on the East Coast, in Maine, or wild.

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            christoofat Jul 10, 2009 02:36 PM

            I've found excellent berries at both Trader Joe's and Costcos. Costcos seemed to be a bit more perfect , quality wise, but the prices were a deal too.

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            foodforus Jul 15, 2009 04:32 PM

            I waited until now. It was only today that I found a great bargain on good quality blueberries. Whole Foods in Weho has 18oz packages from Curry and Co. for $3.99. They aren't local but from Oregon, so far yummy.

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              katgrafix Jul 15, 2009 05:32 PM

              I just bought the BEST blueberries, sweet and firm, not mushy... at 99centsOnly store, last night. I ate them for breakfast while driving on the freeway in the car. YUM! I'm stopping again, this evening on the way home from work, to get some more!

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                maudies5 Jul 15, 2009 08:54 PM

                Best blueberries are at S.M. Farmer's Market, either Wednesday on Arizona or Sat. @ Cloverfield and Pico. Pudwell Farms. Suzanne Goin sells these berries in the Larder at Tavern. They are so fresh and beautiful. If you really love blueberries, pick up a loaf of the blueberry Boule at the Larder. That bread is addictive.

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                  monku Jul 16, 2009 02:01 PM

                  I passed on them.
                  Barely looked like there was a 1/4 pound in that package. = $4/pound

                2. monku Jul 15, 2009 10:06 PM

                  Costco 2.75 lb. clamshell for $5.99 from Oregon.
                  Pretty darn good.

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                    maudies5 Jul 15, 2009 10:44 PM

                    Not as good as those from the SM Farmers Market. Moreover, those Costco berries last a suspiciously long time. I wonder if something is added to them to enhance their life?

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                      Das Ubergeek Jul 16, 2009 12:01 AM

                      It's the packaging. Seriously. I can put those SM market berries, unwashed and with no bruised ones allowed, into a Lexan container in the fridge and two weeks later they'll look like they're only two days old. Same for any berry, cherry or tomato.

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                        PinotPlease Jul 17, 2009 10:11 AM

                        What's a Lexan container? I've never heard of one. It sounds like it's from outer space, DU, maybe you've found the fountain of youth. Please elaborate on what this mystery container is, I'm serious, I'm so curious!

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                          Servorg Jul 17, 2009 10:14 AM

                          http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=lexan+contai...

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                            Das Ubergeek Jul 17, 2009 10:21 AM

                            It's just a kind of plastic container very, VERY popular in restaurant kitchens. Available at your local restaurant-supply store.

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                          ns1 Jul 16, 2009 08:40 AM

                          I highly doubt you can beat the price of 6 bucks for a 2.75 pound clamshell @the farmers market. definitely not at the Hollywood farmers market.

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                            monku Jul 16, 2009 01:43 PM

                            Don't knock them till you've tried them.
                            Got another 2.75# clamshell at Costco, Alhambra, CA this morning for $5.99. These are from Winter Haven, FL. They look a little bigger than the ones from Oregon I got last week.

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                        crystaw Jul 16, 2009 11:08 AM

                        I just got some pretty blueberries on sale ($1.99!) at Ralphs

                        1. PinotPlease Jul 17, 2009 10:16 AM

                          I'll tell you where I was UNDER-whelmed, is the fruit/veg stand on the outside of the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax (I tend to get pretty good stuff at Farm Boy the stand inside by the meat market) I've found in general that this outside stand is kind of sub par but Farm Boy was closing and had put all their berries in for a night and the outside stand had a ton of pints for 1.98. Wow, you get what you pay for. These pints are not only full of the "mini-moldies" (ie: ones that aren't full on furry but have enough of a little spot on the bottom to ruin the flavor) or "mystery moldies" (The ones that after you go over the berries with a fine tooth comb and take out all the obviously moldy ones and the mini moldies still get into your dish and give you a mouthful of blech.) Glad to hear there's greener, or bluer pastures out there!

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