New to the MSP area, found a great place in St. Paul. Now wondering where folks go to find cheap produce around here? I am guessing the farmer's market is a logical choice but was looking for more tips on area stores or markets where one can find fresh and good quality produce without paying gourmet prices.
Also, since I'm asking questions, suggestions on Mexican and Asian grocery markets also welcome.
Farmer's markets are really your best bet. Quality is hard to find in the grocery store and co-op prices can get high fast. There are lot of farmer's markets all over the metro, so you shouldn't have any problem finding a selection of places to try.
Also, next season you might want to consider a CSA share.
As far as Mexican or Asian, try United Noodle. They have a little bit of everything.
United Noodles Asian Supermarket
2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
While I agree that there can't be an argument about the freshness of the produce at farmers markets. I have often seen that the prices can be much higher than at other places. Right now I can buy three bunches of locally grown red radishes for $2 at Bob's Produce in Fridley and the same amount at the farmers market was $3. There are some other, similar examples. I buy produce at the Shoreview farmers market each week and there is something that bugs me...the cucumbers are akways too big/old. The bigger the cuke the bigger the seeds. What I think is happening is that they pick the biggest to sell and leave the cukes I want to buy in the field. By the time it's time to pick and sell them again, they pick the biggest ones again because they don't want to waste them. It is almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I haven't been there in quite a while now, but Eisenberg's in downtown St. Paul is supposed to be a good place to get produce cheap. Some of it is a little "experienced" and you probably won't be able to count on finding anything off the beaten track on a regular basis. But the prices can be darn good. Here's their Web site: http://www.eisenbergfruit.com/