Cheap produce on the East Side?
I am looking for somewhere to get cheap produce near Los Feliz/Silverlake. Which farmer's market is cheapest? I've found Atwater cheaper than Hollywood, but both are still a little pricey. Also, are there any grocery stores with really good deals? I've heard that some 99-cent stores get produce seconds, and that if you know which day of the week they arrive, it's all still pretty fresh. Most of the chain grocery stores here are too expensive for me, even Ralph's, which you'd expect would be cheap.
A-Grocery Warehouse on Sunset, 1487 W. Sunset Blvd., just a block and a half or so east of Echo Park Ave. is an Asian - Vietnamese mostly - market that has a lot of good produce at prices that are quite a bit cheaper than Ralph's or Von's. It also has excellent deals on meat, fish and fowl and a good variety of canned, bottled and frozen Asian and Western food. I often shop there by preference over any of the other local supermarkets, and am always amazed at how cheap it is.
Super King Market on San Fernando Road just south of the 2 Freeway. Used to be a Ralphs Market. Seems to be really cheap and lots of specials on fruits and produce all the time. The parking lot is always crowded.
Super King Markets
2716 N. San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Cannot agree more about Super King about produce and crowds. Everyone and their uncle go there on Sat. There's a line on the weekend that can go all the way to the 2 fwy entrance. Produce is the freshest available just because they go through so much of it in one day. Also good for Mexican and Middle Eastern/Armenian food too. Think Armenian own the market. There's also another branch in Altadena near 24 hr fitness on Lincoln Ave.
The Atwater farmers market is definitely cheaper than Hollywood or Silver Lake. Fairly cheap supermarket produce can be had at Jons - which is probably your best bet in the area (though the quality isn't always that great).
Farther afield, you could check out Asian markets in Koreatown or Thaitown. There are some little markets on Sunset in Echo Park (closer to downtown) that I've never checked out but are surely cheap. There's also the big Super A and the Super King in Glassell Park. (I make regular trips to La Esquina carniceria near there for carne and pollo asada, and they get great avocados and tortilla chips. Produce ain't great, tho.)