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Feb 27, 2012 06:58 AM

Cheapest grocery store for fruits and veggies?

I recently bought a juicer and am trying out as many different recipes as possible.I went to loblaws this weekend and spent at least 80$ on fruits and veg alone.I also wasn't to empressed with the quality of the produce.Maybe it was just because it was a Sunday?I know super C has good prices but for some reason I'm a little leary of the quality as well.Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. I think that in mid winter most fresh vegetables suck. (especially in box stores like Loblaws/Metro/IGA/Provigo)

    Go to either markets (Jean-Talon, Atwater) or smaller stores (P.A. for examples).

    or wait for summer.


    1. As far as supermarkets go, Adonis always has the best QPR for produce as well as terrific selection.

      Even better would be to shop at Sami Fruits.

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        Ditto Sami.
        The problem with "cheapest" is oftentimes quality. There used to be a Mourelatos in Lasalle (the location was taken over by Sami) where fruit&veg prices were very low, but you'd have to use them up within a few days or they'd head south.
        I asked a guy in the business how the prices could be so low. He said wholesalers would get stuck with lots refused by Maxi/Loblaws etc (who demand #1). To avoid taking an entire loss, theý'd sell at bargain prices to places like Mourelatos.

        1. re: porker

          Chloe, beware of Adonis & Mourelatos selection, price might be low but like Porker stated quality is sub par. You have to be very very selective at these two establishments.

          1. re: ios94

            I disagree. The quality at Adonis is often better than at regular supermarkets. They have very high turnover and things are often fresher than anywhere else. Of course, in the winter things aren't as nice as in other seasons. Adonis customers are value conscious, but they are also very price conscious. Adonis can't let prices get out of hand, like at IGA or Loblaws.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              I agree with Snackhappy - overall I find both good quality AND prices at Adonis (my fave is the one at Place Vertu) and the Ville St-Laurent Mourelatos. They're my two top choices for out-of-season fruits & vegetables, with Sami Fruits now running second.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                I was at adonis these past 2 weekends and the produce was excellent. much much better than what's at the supermarket and sometimes half the price. Try to find crisp lettuce at provigo on a sunday - doesn't exist.

              2. re: ios94

                I think I'll give them all a try.I found a Sami fruits in Lasalle which isn't too far from where I live and I have a car.There's an Adonis close to my moms(I've realized west Island grocery stores have a way better selection then in NDG) and a P.A near Fort I think.We'll see which yields the best results.
                I was thinking in the winter I might just have to buy fruits and veg 3 days at time to ensure they don't go bad and waste my money.

                1. re: ios94

                  I disagree with your comment. Even at loblaws you have to make sure you have a quality produce. It may look good on the outside but it's when you cut an orange or peel a banana for example that you have surprises. I had bad produces often there and at maxi.

                  The real big question is how long did your fruits spend on the road?
                  You have to be carefull no matter where you buy your fruits and vegetables. Overall Adonis does a great job keeping the display up to par.

                  I know that Sami fruit is a distributor. And will discount fruits that are near their end of shelf life in their stores. Also they will have amazing stuff when they buy huge quantities.

                  Places like the ones on Park avenue are the one you should be carefull about. in my opinion because they will buy a whole load of fruits and vegies that are past their prime and sort through them to keep the best looking one. I would love to see what is a fruit vitamin content after 2 weeks on the road.

                  On another subject have been in the back alley if these stores recently? I remeber seing last summer and I'm sure it happens in the winter, some food hunters go through the garbage bins. That should be a nono for health reasons.

                  1. re: maj54us

                    I have Loblaws in the same category as Adonis just more expensive and I stay away from them too. I've posted my opinion on this subject matter in a past thread so I'm not going to get into too much detail. The Adonis on Sources is really bad IMO for produce, I've been to the newer one in Place Cote Vertu and it does seem somewhat better. The couple of times I did buy produce from Adonis a few years ago I found I threw out more than I consumed because as you said there were surprises more often than not. So to me that doesn't justify the lower price. Of course this time of the year one has to be extra careful with produce regardless of who is selling it.

                    1. re: ios94

                      ios94, where do you buy produce? I don't remember the old thread, but I would be interested in knowing if there are better places to buy (other than CSAs or MJT and AtWater).

                      1. re: hala

                        Wintertime at Chez Louis for most of my produce (I find it's worth the extra $1/lb). Tau as well, certain things are actually not much more expensive (i.e some excellent Navel oranges were available @ 3/$0.99 this past month). Obviously one must be selective even at these places.

                        1. re: ios94

                          Navel oranges were 10 for 1.50 at PA last week. 220% price difference seems excessive to me. But that's just me. They are traveling the same distance presumably. Personally, I stopped buy any produce from Provigo/Maxi/Loblaws for quality reasons. And I stopped buying from IGA and Metro for price reasons.
                          I find the price and quality to be far superior PA. Granted some days I've seen sub-par produce at PA, but for the most part, it has been excellent.
                          And when I have time to take a communauto and make the trek to Adonis, I am never disappointed. I've purchased lettuce from Adonis, forgotten about it and found it 2 weeks later and it was still in good shape.

                          1. re: foodie_mtl

                            What would we do without communauto? (buy a car, I guess)

                            Yeah, produce is frustrating. At some point you have to decide how much more time and money you are willing to invest in it. I prefer to shop at the markets when I can, but nowadays I rarely have to energy to take that extra trip.

                            1. re: foodie_mtl

                              Agreed about PA. Its become my number 1 gorcery store, although its tiny and not the easiest to find parking their produce is pretty good and always at a great value. The only problem I have with going there is that most of the produce is imported from mexico, chili etc. all year round. So during the summer /fall months Ill shop elsewhere for fresh local produce.

                              1. re: jay_81k

                                if you are driving to PA on parc then i highly recommend going to the one on fort instead. it is much larger, they actually have well priced fresh seafood, better selection and free parking in back.

                2. re: SnackHappy

                  I agree - Adonis has great prices, quality and selection

                  The cheapest goes to Mourelatos -

                3. Personally, I go to Fruiterie 440, Adonis or Sami in Laval.

                  Adonis has amazing quality even in the winter but just this last week I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Made in China garlic on their shelves.

                  Fruiterie 440 in Laval or next to Galeries D'Anjou. Good selection but the quality goes down in the winter. I love going there in the summer since they have the largest selection (other than a local market) of Quebec grown fruits and veg.

                  Sami Fruits in Laval. Amazing selection. Rock bottom prices. Sometimes quality can be touch and go though

                  Large supermarkets: I'd never, ever buy my fruits and veg from there.

                  1. The best is to go to Marché jean-talon and ask "number 2" deals. Go to "chez Louis" and ask Francine for the "légumes/fruits numéro deux"

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                    1. re: emportepiece

                      > ask "number 2" deals

                      What does that mean? Is it like clothing "seconds" - i.e. flawed stuff that's still edible but cheaper?

                      1. re: kpzoo

                        It's the fruits/vegetables that are not really looking good for the front store or has to be eaten the same week. For a juicer, it's perfect!

                        1. re: emportepiece

                          Number 2 at Chez Louis are still probably superior to what you find at most grocery stores!

                          1. re: Glaff

                            "but just this last week I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Made in China garlic on their shelves."

                            Most garlic sold at supermarkets and probably even most produce markets is from China. You've probably been buying Chinese garlic for a long time and haven't even known it. The Chinese sell it to us for rock bottom prices.


                            1. re: ios94

                              some of the better grocery stores have garlic from argentina. quebec garlic can still be found at JTM and at Adonis

                              1. re: BarackHObama

                                Bingo. Adonis is the only place I can usually find Made in Quebec garlic other than at JTM. EVen last winter their garlic was from Argentina so I was shocked nonetheless.

                      2. re: emportepiece

                        I never thought to ask for "number 2 ". I actually work a block from Jean-Talon market so that's a great little piece of info.Thanks

                      3. I would highly recommend PA groceries( as mentioned already), Espositos and Rocky Montana ( both in NDG) although I think Esposito is located in various locations. All 3 locations have great produce and are very inexpensive. Esposito and PA groceries offer delivery to certain areas as well which I find really convenient especially if you are doing a large grocery haul.