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Grocery shopping in Turlock

Salmagundi Jan 7, 2011 02:29 PM

As a Spring transfer student to CSU Stanislaus who does not know the area, I'm looking for good grocery stores. That is to say, is there any reason I shouldn't just go wherever's closest? Also, I'm coming from San Diego, and you guys have some different chains up there, so anyone familiar with both areas who could say things like "a Raley's is like a Ralphs" (is it? I don't know!) would be highly appreciated.

Keep in mind that I'll be on a tight living-off-my-parents-and-have-to-skip-meals-if-I-need-a-new-lab-notebook budget until (if!) I get a job. I will have a car, but will probably be getting most of my groceries a day or two at a time by bike for exercise reasons. Considering that Turlock is both flat and small (no offense), I shouldn't think that would limit the options too much. No vegan, health, or religious dietary requirements.

Additionally, I would appreciate information about any Japanese markets or places with a decent selection of Japanese goods. I would be willing to drive to Merced or Modesto.

I figured this would be a good place to look for info of this sort, but a search showed none obviously extant, causing Doubt. So . . . prove me right!

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    dimsumgirl Jan 9, 2011 04:50 AM

    Sacramento is quite a distance from Turlock but if you are ever in the area, Oto's is a great Japanese market. It's located on Freeport Blvd. in South Sacramento.

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    1. re: dimsumgirl
      Salmagundi Jan 9, 2011 08:58 AM

      Well, like you said, Sacramento's quite a distance, but I'll keep that in mind in case I do end up there. Thanks!

    2. susancinsf Jan 7, 2011 04:09 PM

      Raley's is a relatively small chain of groceries operating mostly in No. Ca and Nevada, and also have stores under the Bel-Air and Nob Hill Foods names. It tends to be a relatively high end place, with good produce and high-ish prices. Here in Merced, the students I know shop at Save Mart (lower end, lower prices) and at the Mexican markets (such as Rancho San Miguel here in Merced).

      You say Turlock is small, but it tends to have more box stores and shopping than Merced; it is hard for me to believe that it would be worth driving to Merced for groceries (the one time I was in the Raley's in Turlock near the big shopping center it was much bigger and better than our Raleys here in Merced.)Anyway, here in Merced, we consider Turlock to be the big city to the north, even though I suspect population numbers are similar for both towns. :-))

      OTOH, There is a Grocery Outlet here in Merced (do a search on the boards and on the SF Board if you aren't familiar with them, as well as one in Modesto.

      Don't know of any Japanese grocery stores in the area, though there are several Asian groceries in Merced, and presumably in Modesto. No great selection of Japanese products, at least at the places I've been to (much more of a focus on produce and on SE Asian goods).

      Once spring comes, check out the Turlock Farmer's Market (and Modesto and Merced have farmer's markets that operate year round.) There is good produce to be had at low prices in the area.

      Hope this helps!

      Rancho San Miguel
      1930 Yosemite Pkwy, Merced, CA

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      1. re: susancinsf
        Salmagundi Jan 9, 2011 08:56 AM

        Thanks muchly. There seems to be a Save Mart about two miles away, so that's good to know.

        Oh, and don't worry, I'd only go out of town for Milky's! (I kid, obviously I want serious Japanese cooking supplies and in no way to blow my budget on, say, cream puffs)

        The farmer's market's only in spring? Gah, culture shock. Well, spring's coming up pretty fast.

        So, basically, yes that helped a lot. Thanks again!

        1. re: Salmagundi
          susancinsf Jan 9, 2011 01:02 PM

          yeah, it is too bad that there isn't more emphasis on farmer's markets here where so much is grown. Indeed, I went to the Merced Farmer's Market yesterday and there were only four booths: basically, the products were lettuce (but darn good lettuce, I must say), various types of citrus, and nuts. Can't wait for spring myself!

          and hey, if I knew a good place for cream puffs, I'd blow my budget on them!

          Hope you will continue to post and report on any Turlock and environs finds for us...

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