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Berries are too expensive

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Anyone know where I can get berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc) for cheap--I hate those little clear plastic squares filled with berries that are sold at supermarkets around town, and they're often too expensive for the quality! Thank you.

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  1. Often Trader Joe's has those clear plastic squares for a fraction of the price found at other grocery stores.

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    1. re: rastan

      Agree... TJs is a good source in season. However, if you've ever picked berries, you might come to believe that they're worth the going price!

    2. Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax almost always has cheap berries.

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      1. re: floorpie742

        2nd. will have the same small cube, but for a dollar or $1.50

        1. re: j

          yes, the permanent farmer's market at 3rd and fairfax usually in season has blackberries and rasberries at 1 dollar each for a container, which is a lot cheaper than the roving farmer's markets around town.

          1. re: j

            yes, the permanent farmer's market at 3rd and fairfax usually in season has blackberries and rasberries at 1 dollar each for a container, which is a lot cheaper than the roving farmer's markets around town.

        2. Go to your local farmer's market on whatever day may be appropriate. Better berries, yet maybe not a lot cheaper, yet they are often in baskets that are much larger than those awful plastic things, and thus better value by weight.

          1. Pavilions currently has blueberries for $2.50 (small box), California grown-- I try to always buy Calif. produce and fruit. In general, I find supermarket berries on sale are cheaper than farmers markets. But when it comes to strawberries, I only buy at farmers mkts bc of huge difference in taste, not to mention varieties.

            And what's wrong with those plastic boxes? Gotta put the berries in something.

            1. Costco's blueberries are almost always cheaper than anywhere else.

              For two weeks every summer, the Safeways in Northern California sell huge 2.5 pound boxes of blueberries for $5.

              Blackberries and raspberries never seem to get very cheap.

              Strawberries are cheapest at the farmers' markets. Also, the farmers' markets are the only places where you can hope to ask for a dollar or two off if you buy a whole bunch. Often the signs will even say "one for $3, two for $5" or something similar.

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              1. re: nooodles

                The purveyors at the Farmers Markets I frequent (most often on Saturday at Pico/Cloverfeld in Santa Monica, returned from the SM Airport) seem in recent years to have adopted a fixed, agreed-upon pricing plan, especially for strawberries. May vary a little bit season to season, but when it is $2/basket or $5/flat at one, the posted prices are the same at all.

                Ralph's has strawberries at $1/lb this week. A couple of weeks ago, one of two packages I bought were extraordinary, very flavorful with almost no white unripend core, red and succulent all the way through.