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Jul 6, 2014 05:11 PM

Best stores to buy produce in the DC area

We just moved from Northern California, and are looking for what stores sell the best produce (for reasonable prices) in the DC area. While Whole Foods is good, it's pricier than we'd like for regular grocery shopping. We've checked out our nearest Wegmans, Trader Joes, and Yes! Organic Markets so far. The farmers markets have been great, but we were wondering if there are any stores that we should be checking out. We're happy to venture outside the city limits and to ethnic markets if the prices are low and the quality is high. Thanks!

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  1. I don't know how Harris Teeter compares to Wegman's but I DO know how it compares to most Safeways.

    1. Low, low prices at the various Asian grocery stores in the suburbs. Super H, H Mart, Lotte, Great Wall, Grand Mart, many others. Many kinds of produce unavailable at other markets in DC. There is also a 'wholesale' place in the Union Market area of NE DC (Mexican Fruits is the name) that sells to individuals. Maybe others as well in that wholesale area.

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      1. re: Steve

        I do love the variety found at places like H Mart and not just Asian.

        maybe it was just me or my YES! location (the older, postage-stamp Cap Hill store), but I was often a bit disappointed in the vegetables for an 'organic' market.

        1. re: Steve

          I do the majority of my grocery shopping at the Asian (mostly Korean) stores.

          It appears that Grand Mart is no longer in business, though. It has been replaced with "New Grand Mart" in a couple of locations. I haven't been since the change, but the comments on it I have read have not been particularly good. That might be the closest Korean grocery store to DC, so I think it's worth mentioning that it most likely is worth your while to go a couple of miles further out.

          I have heard that some of the Hispanic markets are a good place to buy produce, but, since I am happy with the Korean stores, I have never been to them.

          1. re: Lori D

            I am looking forward to the opening of a new Chinese supermarket in Eden Center later this year.

            1. re: Mulan

              I'm a bit confused. is the new Eden Center project going to be a supermarket or a big dim sum restaurant? I'm hoping it will be a supermarket.....

          2. re: Steve

            chiming in to agree with Steve. I buy most of my produce at Fresh World in Springfield (Korean owned but lots of Hispanic foods/shoppers) and Bestway in Alexandria.

          3. I get my produce from Wegman's in Fairfax because they tend to have the best selection of "normal" and some non-normal produce and I find it of better quality than most other grocery stores. But if you go on really busy days it can be picked over, we tend to go on weekdays if possible. But the Asian markets are great at having a greater variety and low prices.

            1. I shop at the new Grant Marts (Falls Church and Alexandria) regularly and haven't noticed much of a change. Biggest thing I've seen is at the Falls Church one they've actually put the baskets near the doors where you walk in, instead of by the checkout area, which made no sense.