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Good source for medjool dates? (Pasadena area)

The Oracle Jan 14, 2010 03:50 PM

I'm looking to buy some dates - I know Costco sells them, but I'm not a member. I've seen them at Trader Joe's, but found them to be pretty dry. Does anyone have any idea of who would have them around Pasadena this time of year (looking for good quality ones).


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    maggielyn RE: The Oracle Jan 14, 2010 04:02 PM

    Excellent fresh dates for sale Hollywood Farmer's Market Sunday mornings . . . you might try one of the Pasadena Farmer's Markets, but I can't really say . . .

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      houndofmusic RE: The Oracle Jan 14, 2010 04:18 PM

      You can get much better dates at the local farmers markets, since virtually all dates in the US are grown in the Palm Springs/Indio area. I would recommend Bautista, which comes to Hollywood and Santa Monica or Flying Disc which I believe is only at the Wednesday Santa Monica market.

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        RicRios RE: houndofmusic Jan 15, 2010 03:17 PM

        Bautista's medjools are absolutely the best.
        They are also at the Saturday FM on Pico in SM, and Sunday FM in Hollywood.

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          liu RE: RicRios Jan 15, 2010 04:02 PM

          Ahhh, YES!
          Thanks, houndofmusic and RicRios, for this info. (I could not remember "Bautista" in my previous post below.)
          Their Medjools were syrupy...better than any candy I know! You will pay for their quality, but I think it is worth both the chase and the price.

          To The Oracle, OP: you might wish to call them and ask your questions about availability and farmers' markets locations.

          Bautista Family Organic Dates
          #760.396-2337 (M-F from 9:00am to 2:00pm)

          Their farm is located in Mecca, CA, near the Salton Sea in Palm Desert.

      2. liu RE: The Oracle Jan 14, 2010 04:33 PM

        The Golden Farms Market at 6501 San Fernando Road in Glendale carries Medjool dates in bulk; sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are not. Be aware, however, that I have seen customers freely sampling from these bins. Also, it might be getting a little late for "the best" Medjools of the season.

        The most delicious dates I have EVER enjoyed I found at the Pico Santa Monica Farmers' Market this past November. I don't remember the vendor, but dates were the only item they offered. They had all different types and they all looked good; their Medjool were extraordinary. Perhaps someone will know their name so that you can call them ahead to see if they still sell the Medjools. In November I called them and they will answer your questions with great appreciation for you as a customer.

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          Burger Boy RE: liu Jan 14, 2010 07:34 PM

          Yes in deed! Also check Costco and Jons Markets.

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          terim RE: The Oracle Jan 14, 2010 05:21 PM

          I just bought some delicious medjool dates at the Montrose farmer's market (not far from Pasadena) last Sunday. In the past I've gotten them at the Pasadena farmer's market also - though the vendor at Montrose is different than the man selling them in Pas. I should think you can get them either place this weekend.

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            Jack Flash RE: The Oracle Jan 15, 2010 01:20 PM

            A few of the vendors at the Pasadena farmers' market (Saturday) sell dates. I know I've seen the word medjool. If they are in season now, they'll be available.

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              Robhungry1 RE: The Oracle Jan 21, 2010 01:09 PM

              Without a doubt Batistas's dates are world class. They are in many farmers markets and are worth a special trip to Wednesday SM or wherever they might be...and don't miss the fresh barhi's in September....

              1. Calipoutine RE: The Oracle Mar 5, 2011 04:32 PM

                How about Sprouts? Ive seen them here for around 3.50lb.

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