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Less expensive high-quality produce?

Does anyone have any recommendations of where in the West LA/Santa Monica area to buy good, high-quality fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices? (e.g. not Whole Foods)

I know the farmers markets are great, but they're still pretty expensive, and I'm wondering if there is anywhere I can go to find lower prices but still top-quality produce, even if the selection is limited?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!!!

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  1. Marina Farms produce, On Centinela before Jefferson.

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    Marina Farms
    5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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    1. re: AAQjr

      +1 on Marina Farms.

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      Marina Farms
      5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      1. re: AAQjr

        +2. great produce, great prices, and the staff is really friendly and helpful.

        1. re: AAQjr

          +3 on Marina Farms. I really like going there for fruit. Great selection of apples. Good prices too.

          Lately, I've been with the quality of the produce at Top Valu Market in Culver City/Mar Vista. Seriously. :)

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          Marina Farms
          5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Top Valu Market
          4700 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

        2. Co-Opportunity on Broadway and 16th has excellent produce, and the prices are usually cheaper than WF.

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          Co-Opportunity
          1525 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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          1. re: Bjartmarr

            i love the Co-op and i've been a member for a long time, but i think you do need to be a member to enjoy a true price advantage over WF. definitely like the new remodel, but it will be interesting to see if that translates to higher prices...

          2. It's not in WLA, but Super King on San Fernando is awesome. My friend had taken me there one day to check it out, and I finally went back last week. They had very nice fruits and veggies and the prices were low. I got 7 bunches each of parsley, cilantro and green onions for 99cents per seven. Radishes were like 4 for 99. Persian cukes 39cents a pound. The quality was good. It is an all encompassing market with great ethnic foods, you can find almost anything there. They also have a meat, fish, bakery and prepared foods departments.
            Don't be intimidated by the parking lot and lots of people, you can in and out very quickly, lots of checkers.

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            1. re: paprkutr

              I would second the rec for Super King but, at today's gas prices, the cost of a round trip from the westside might offset any savings from shopping there.

              I'm fortunate that I live just 1.5 miles from Super King.

              1. re: paprkutr

                I have to agree Super King is one of the best places for low cost/high quality. The chains are usually much more expensive than the ethnic markets. If you are in West LA even Jons is going to be cheaper for you and the quality is better.

                1. re: iohyem

                  Except there is no Jon's in WLA :(

                  Getting to Hollywood from WLA is usually going to take 45 min and show how well you know the side streets of our city. Not really useful for every day shopping. Heck it's easier to get to K-town from the westside. Cheaper to go to Wholefoods at that point, lol just think about how much you save in gas and time just trying to get out of the west side.

                  Seriously check out Marina Produce, They have a wide variety of stuff at very good prices. It's right off the 90, and centinela is usually an easy drive. Even though I can't think of much else in that area worth going too.

                  1. re: AAQjr

                    Mariscos Chente is still worth it...and 3 minutes away from Marina Farms...

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                    Mariscos Chente
                    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                    Marina Farms
                    5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                    1. re: AAQjr

                      Not exactly WLA, but I could swear I've seen a Jon's on Pico at the corner of Fairfax. Checked the Jon's website and no listing for that area. Can anybody confirm or is that a figment of my overworked imagination?

                      1. re: Feed_me

                        I am almost positive that on the SW corner of Pico and Fairfax you'll find a Vons Market and across the street on the NW corner is a Walgreen's Drugstore. No Jons that I know of.

                2. the place i go when i need to pinch pennies on produce is eilot market on pico near shenandoah.
                  they don't sell the organic high quality produce that WF does, but the price/quality ratio is better than that at regular grocery stores.

                  i don't know if the drive will be worth it given the high price of gas, though.

                  1. I stopped by Santa Monica Glatt Kosher Market yesterday for the first time. Was impressed by produce selection and prices and v. annoyed that I'd just paid 2 or 3 times more for Persian cukes, tomatoes and cherries at the SM farmers market. Also impressed w/ their prices on chicken, fresh fish and meat, and their selection of Sabra hummus. Crowded and tiny parking lot, so be prepared.