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Looking for south shore alternative to Russo's for good produce?

aregularjoe Jul 13, 2011 10:42 AM

Been shopping at Russo's in Watertown for years, and love it. these days, I don't get up that way as often as I used to, and its almost $8 in gas for me to make a special trip there and back.

I'm seeking alternatives closer to the intersection of 128 and rt 24.

I know about Lamberts in Dorchester, Brockton and Norwood and Wards Berry Farm in Sharon (pricy)

Any thoughts? Farmers markets?


  1. C. Hamster Jul 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    Fourth me for the Fruit Center, though it's not really in Russo's class. Still it has great produce and it's cheap.

    I like the Quincy farmer's market, too. Small but good stuff.

    1. SeaSide Tomato Jul 13, 2011 12:31 PM

      Here's a third for Milton Marketplace. and a second for the Quincy and Braintree Farmers markets. milton has it's own farmers market (thurs) as does dedham (WED).

      I don't have a link, but if you google farmers markets in MA you will get a wealth of info-they are all over the place--you may have known that, though.

      If you need a good supermarket reference-the Hannaford in Quincy has good produce--and Springer Mountain chickens (certified humane).

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        Pegmeister Jul 13, 2011 11:52 AM

        I like the Fruit Center in Milton, and there is a farmers market in Quincy on Fridays.

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        1. re: Pegmeister
          hiddenboston Jul 13, 2011 11:56 AM

          I like the Fruit Center as well. As much as I love Fresh Market in Hingham, I find that one of their relatively weak areas is their produce. It's ok, but not nearly as good as the Fruit Center, IMO.

          Also, there's a farmers market in Braintree on Saturdays.

        2. nsenada Jul 13, 2011 11:46 AM

          In New Bedford there's Sid Wainer. Never been, but have heard good things.

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          1. re: nsenada
            aregularjoe Jul 13, 2011 12:33 PM

            Thanks for the reply.

            Sid Wainer is a first class restaurant supply house.

            Their retail store however, is GROSSLY overpriced.

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            Pomegranate Martini Jul 13, 2011 11:19 AM

            The Fruit Center in both Milton and Hingham are without a doubt the best you will find on the South Shore. The produce is superior to Whole Foods and the the selection of groceries is at least as good. They are also very good about bringing in items at the customer's request.

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            1. re: Pomegranate Martini
              aregularjoe Jul 13, 2011 12:36 PM

              I will check them out ASAP! Many Thanks...

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