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Dates and Sugar Cane Juice

Hi all,

I'm visiting San Diego in mid-late September and am looking to see if I can get a hold of these two items while I'm over there.

Dates: August and September are date season, and I know there are places in the desert in Southern California harvesting fresh, crunchy around this time. Anyone know if I can find anyone selling them in San Diego?

Sugar Cane Juice: I'm talking stalks of sugar can that are juiced on the spot for drinking -- Anyone come across this in San Diego?


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  1. Sugar cane isn't a crop that's local to Southern California, so if you find it, it'll be imported from someplace else. We're not quite that tropical ;-). Your best bets would be some of the local Latin markets like Northgate, Vallarta or Pancho Villa. Ranch 99 might also be an option. I've never seen freshly pressed sugar can juice in SD.

    For fresh dates try the Middle East groceries. I used to be able to get them at Vine Ripe in La Mesa, but they're under new ownership now and may not still stock them.

    Pancho Villa's
    3245 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

    1. Across the hallway/inside the building of 99Ranch is Sau Voy and there is a sugar cane juicer, with canes stacked next to it, when in stock.

      There is also a juicer inside Lucky Seafood, behind the steam trays. (Mira Mesa Boulevard)

      Lucky Seafood
      9326 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

      1. K Sandwiches has fresh pressed sugarcane juice - they press it to order and it is good

        For dates, one possibility may be to contact Shield's Date Farm in Indio and check if they have any distributors in San Diego. The Indian grocery stores on Black Mountain road usually have some, but not necessarily local.

        1. The fruit and vegetable stand that is to the right of Trader Joe's in UTC often has fresh Medjool dates available. I've gotten them in the past and they're quite good.

          1. Fresh Yellow Dates $1.49/lb Valley Foods Meditrranean Market1275 East Main El Cajon 92021

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            1. re: Cathy

              wow - those look seriously fresh!

              1. re: Cathy

                Awesome - That's just what I'm looking for! Thanks!

                $1.49 a pound! Nice!

                1. re: Cathy

                  They had those at Vine Ripe when I was in yesterday. I thought they were small white potatoes for a moment.

                2. They have fresh yellow and brown dates (don't know the actual names) at the Balboa International Market at 5907 Balboa Ave. in Clairemont. I just bought some from there yesterday.

                  1. As an update, I visited almost all of the places listed here! And I wasn't disappointed!
                    Bought dates from Balboa International Market & Vine ripe early on the trip.... then stopped off at Valley Foods the day before we left and stocked up on 10 lbs of yellow dates to take home with us. lol. We're hard core. They were $2.49/lb, which is still a steal compared to the price I pay when I order them online and have them shipped to my home in NY...
                    For sugar cane juice, we also went to a few places. K Sandwiches was really good. They serve straight up cane juice without any flavoring, which is what I preferred. We went to the place in 99 ranch as well, which we were a bit less impressed with the quality of the sugar cane... Not listed here, we also went to The Fruit Shop on Convoy st in Kearney Mesa, which also pressed fresh sugar cane juice. The sugar cane itself was really good, but they pressed it with kumquat. It tastes good that way, but we prefer the taste of straight up sugar cane...
                    Thanks everyone for you input!! You made it really easy for us to find these places once we arrived in San Diego from NY!!

                    K Sandwiches
                    7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111