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Jan 30, 2013 12:41 PM

Cheap Fresh Sweet Basil in San Francisco?

I have a need to make a larger amount of pesto than just a few cups and was wondering if there was anywhere to get sweet basil cheap in SF. The best deal I've seen is a decent sized bunch for $2.99, but I'd like to find it cheaper if possible.


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  1. Not the best time of year for that. You might try the wholesale produce market.

    Or ask someplace like 22nd & Irving Market if they'll give you a break on a whole case.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      22nd & Irving is where I usually get it. I'll ask them and check out the produce market.

    2. Whole sale price is about 12 bunches for $8, but they are pretty small. as Robert said not a good time of year for this, actually with the cold temps for the last couple of weeks about the worst time.

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      1. re: chefj

        I don't think the temperatures around here matter, this time of year it must be coming in from a long way south.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Much is grown in green houses. The cold reached down south too.

        2. re: chefj

          I can usually get close to about 2 cups of pesto out of one bunch from 22nd & Irving, so thinking about it further I may not need to make a whole bunch of pesto at once, but the $8 for 12 bunches sounds decent. I'd like to see how small they are just to be sure.

          1. re: BaghdadbytheBay

            Call Ric at Cook's Produce. Perhaps you can work something out.

            1. re: chefj

              Got a phone number. I found lots of Cook's Produce listed on Google.

        3. Trader Joe's carries a large clam shell @ around 2.99. You can also stretch your pesto w/ arugala.

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          1. re: letsindulge

            Well crap. I was just there today and didn't think of looking for it. I'll look for it next time I go back. If it's enough I may not need to buy in bulk. I don't like haven't 6 month old frozen pesto.