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Best Place to Buy Fruits and Vegetables.

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Best Place to Buy Fruits and Vegetables.

Got a new juicer and looking to put it to work. I am looking for the best place to get Good Quality Fruits and Vegetables at an affordable price in North York/Scarborough.
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I find the produce at T&T is actually pretty good.
If you feel like really spending some dough, try Longos or Whole Foods.
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Jucius Maximus wrote: I find the produce at T&T is actually pretty good.
If you feel like really spending some dough, try Longos or Whole Foods.
You're saying granny smith apples are different from whole foods vs no frills?
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Got a new juicer as well and went to Highland farms yesterday and walked out with two grocery bags full for $18. I have no idea how that compares to the other stores though. I have always liked their produce.
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Jucius Maximus wrote: I find the produce at T&T is actually pretty good.
If you feel like really spending some dough, try Longos or Whole Foods.
wow, he got a lot out of your post, eh?
it's like he's a mind reader.
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ur_funneh wrote: You're saying granny smith apples are different from whole foods vs no frills?
Fruits and vegetables do come in different grades, i.e. Extra Fancy, Fancy, Commercial Grade, etc. If you want the really nice fruits, you might have to go to a higher end grocery store that charges higher prices.

Particularly in the Winter, this is going to be expensive. No way around it.
ippon wrote: wow, he got a lot out of your post, eh?
it's like he's a mind reader.
Not sure what you mean here.
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IIRC in the commercial setting, most juice producers purchase 2nd grade or free fall fruit. The fruit itself is perfectly fine to eat, it's just not aesthetically perfect (i.e. lopsided oranges or slightly bruised apples)*. Giving fruit producers a hard time selling to supermarkets and end consumers. So I think it'd be more practical to follow this practice and purchase fruit on the cheaper side from Chinese grocery stores, No-Frills, etc, as juicing can be quite expensive.
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+1 above.
There's nothing wrong with "ugly" fruit. It just doesn't look like the fruit we're used to seeing in the grocery store.
It's still tasty and perfectly edible. Just not so easy on the eyes.
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death_hawk wrote: +1 above.
There's nothing wrong with "ugly" fruit. It just doesn't look like the fruit we're used to seeing in the grocery store.
It's still tasty and perfectly edible. Just not so easy on the eyes.
True enough, I hadn't really thought of it from that angle, but it makes sense. Though I should mention that sometimes the fruit at lower-end places like No Frills has gotten so nasty that it's growing mould. In this case, I think it's better to upgrade to a different grocery store rather than juicing cheap mouldy fruit.
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"ugly" != Rotten.

Even Grade A Fancy fruit can have mold on it. But the markets selling the Grade A Fancy at Grade A Fancy prices can afford to get staff to look a little more closely at their product to make sure it's not rotten.

Something I completely forgot: If you're planning on going through a large volume of produce (which you are) try a restaurant wholesaler.
You can get a case of something for the same price as buying 1/4 case (or less) at retail. Case lot produce is DIRT cheap.
The problem? It's not usually Grade A Fancy.
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T&T Supermarket usually has a shelf for "soon to be old" fruits and vegetables
and the price is cheaper

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Jucius Maximus wrote: True enough, I hadn't really thought of it from that angle, but it makes sense. Though I should mention that sometimes the fruit at lower-end places like No Frills has gotten so nasty that it's growing mould. In this case, I think it's better to upgrade to a different grocery store rather than juicing cheap mouldy fruit.
No one is telling him to buy bad or rotten fruit/vegetables. I'm just saying the OP doesn't need to go all the way to Whole Foods to buy premium-priced, organic, hand rubbed by virgins produce that all look aesthetically perfect, when he/she can just as easily go to No-Frills that has a 10lb bag of carrots on sale for $2. Sure the carrots from No-Frills may be ugly, misshapen, and over-sized, but when all you're after is just the juice and all that remains is a dry unrecognizable dry pulp, do aesthetically perfect produce matter that much?
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jaxx lite wrote: T&T Supermarket usually has a shelf for "soon to be old" fruits and vegetables
and the price is cheaper-
This. Most grocery stores have a rack like this at the back of the grocery store with 50-80% off stickers. I usually pick up whatever is there to make shakes in the next couple days...try vegetables in your shakes if they're cheap (juicing might not work with stuff that has little water). I've made some with green beans, peppers, cabbage, onions which were pretty good. My usual staples though are kale, celery, cucumber, garlic, spinach.
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Cas77 wrote: This. Most grocery stores have a rack like this at the back of the grocery store with 50-80% off stickers. I usually pick up whatever is there to make shakes in the next couple days...try vegetables in your shakes if they're cheap (juicing might not work with stuff that has little water). I've made some with green beans, peppers, cabbage, onions which were pretty good. My usual staples though are kale, celery, cucumber, garlic, spinach.
Same. This cart is where I almost exclusively look to buy my banana's. Who wants to buy a bunch and wait several days for them to ripen, when they are ripe and ready to eat off these carts. And cheaper.

The difference between say organic and not (apart from the obvious pesticides, etc) is that most (read: all) non-organic produce is waxed. Now, that isn't saying that all organic isn't; you have to ask the grocery store manager. But trust me when I say that you do not want to consume the waxes used to preserve fruit and veg. At the very least, peel the fruit/vegetables.
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Thank you for your recommendations. I think I will try Highland and T&T and see how it goes from a quality to value perspective. Intrigued by the Wholesaler idea but let's see how the Juicing goes first with my new Juicer courtesy recent RFD thread on Omega J8006 Juicer.
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T&T I find nothing special, but highland farms is my favourite in terms of high quality for reasonable prices. However I also still like buying from cheap Chinese markets, they are tasty but you just have to eat them right away.
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I can never find a box of strawberry half of which are rotten.

Strawberries are over priced and bad quality at price choppe/freshco/no frills/walmart/food basic and pretty much at Sobey's as well. Have'nt tried at other stores and they almost always are priced at $3.

Where to buy them?? I need a box atleast every week.
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bsobaid wrote: I can never find a box of strawberry half of which are rotten.

Strawberries are over priced and bad quality at price choppe/freshco/no frills/walmart/food basic and pretty much at Sobey's as well. Have'nt tried at other stores and they almost always are priced at $3.

Where to buy them?? I need a box atleast every week.
If you're gonna use them to juice pick up a crapload in June clean 'em and flash freeze them. Although not the best, you'll still get more nutrients with local ones you freeze than ones from wherever that ripened on the truck. I know it's not helping you out now but something to think about come strawberry season.

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