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Sep 8, 2010 06:58 PM

Melissa's Produce

I stumbled upon this website while I was searching the internet for fresh yuzu and thought I would share it with everyone.

According to their website, they're the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. With over 800 items available at any given time.After searching around a bit, I have to say that I'm really impressed by the variety of produce they carry.

Now I'm all for buying local and participating in CSA programs, but this site carries a number of items that I've been dying to get my hands on and are pretty much impossible to get fresh in Florida. (i.e. yuzu, ramps, fresno chiles, baby kiwis, etc).

Does anyone have any experience with this company they can share?

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  1. I just moved to South Florida, so I can only speak of my Melissa's experience in Dallas and Los Angeles. Melissa's is a high end produce provider. I found their products in Dallas' Central Market and Los Angeles' Bristol Farms. Think Dean and Deluca. Very good products and very expensive. You can't beat California produce and Melissa's (IMO) has a great marketing team. In California, you would just go to the farmers market and buy all the fresh produce. The Long Beach farmers market had a zillion heirloom melons. Dallas didn't have a great farmers market and so I bought Melissa's at Central Market. They carry very obscure produce and it's always top notch.