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Apr 16, 2010 09:44 AM

Chino's vs People's co-op

I have never been to People's co-op. I want to know the price difference between Chino's and People's co-op. Is it worth to be a memeber there?

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  1. I believe it's generally cheaper. Some of the produce at People's is very inexpensive. They also have quite a large selection, since they get stuff from all over the state. Membership is $15/year, which you get back if you cancel. I would say it's definitely worth it, because without it you pay a 10% surcharge.

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    1. re: Josh

      Thank you for your response. I have been thinkin which is the best to buy viggies from; Chino's, People's Co-op or CSA?

      1. re: mayuchico

        They're all different. Personally, I like People's because it's a full grocery store, and I can buy what I'm in the mood for. Plus, it's pretty reasonable pricing. But CSAs offer their own benefits.

        1. re: Josh

          I actually passed by Chino's today on a bike ride and decided to stop to look at the goods. They do have a lot of unique produce you won't find much any where else and its very fresh. The down side is they don't post any prices and its very expensive. I once tried to buy a small bunch of Broccoli there and it they told me it was $5 so I passed. Lot's of expensive cars like Bentley's in the parking lot. Most of their customers are from RSF but I understand they also supply some of the higher end restaurants in town. For value, I find the local farmers markets to be the best bet.

        2. re: mayuchico

          You should try their strawberries. Overall everything is good. They raise everything from seed, and work very hard.

          1. re: mayuchico

            Chino's has the best corn, tomatoes and strawberries, although pricey but worth it. We save our $$ the rest of the year on non-Chino veggies and splurge in the summers.

              1. re: deeznuts

                Community Supported Agriculture. Growers or farms deliver a box of produce depending on what has been harvested to a central location where you pick it up. It is generally a by-subscription model and can be once a week or once every other week depending on your subscription. Many offer 2 or more different size boxes. At least one offers home delivery.

                Be Wise Ranch seems popular in SD and has a lot of pick up points.