If you happen to pass through Englishtown NJ, there's a big flea market there on weekends from around 8am to 3pm. There's a guy there I've been getting cases of bananas from for years. He has organics about 1/3 of the time. He has baby bananas about 1/5th of the time. Every once and a while he has things like 3lb bags of apples for $1, or 6 large overripe but edible/juiceable pineapples for $4. He usually has about 2 or 3 pallets of bananas, so maybe 50 cases total. The bananas are green usually, takes about a week to ripen.
Organic is the same price as non organic when he has them. I don't know the brand name of the organic, it's not Chiquita or Dole. The non organics are usually Turbana, so are the baby bananas.
Dude is pretty cool, prices are somewhat negotiable, usually he's asking $10 for a 40lb box but if you buy two or three, he'll take a couple dollars off. Sometime he has smaller cases I think 25lb, the prices aren't as good, it comes out to like 35 cents a lb which is still good though considering store prices and if you happen to be passing through the area.
Figure organic at the store is about $1 a pound, so if you buy three 40lb cases for $27 that's $120 worth of organic bananas for $27. After they ripen and I peel them and put them in bags, each 40lb case takes up about a 1 foot by 1 foot space in the freezer.
Basically to find him, he's got an 18 wheeler and a couple box trucks. The flea market is on the main road that is Wilson Ave/Englishtown Rd/Rt 527. Market Rd is the side road that makes a 'T' to rt 527. Turn down Market road and the flea market would be on your left - the banana guy is the last spot on the left with the 18 wheelers and has all pallets of stuff. He often has pallets of slightly expired coconut water for like %80 off if you're the type that doesn't worry about exact expiration dates.
There's a few other produce stands there also with very good prices, at least two of them are farmers and you can often get things like a nectarines/peaches/tomatoes for about 30 cents a lb. Not organic. Sometimes you find organic potatoes for like 15 cents a pound maybe less, I get like a big shopping bag for like $5.
At the Englishtown Flea Market?? thats insane, I used to sell stuff there and I never noticed any of this going on lol.
yea, tons of cheap fruit and vegetables there. Local stuff when in season also. You gotta be on the pavement section to find the produce stands. I think there's at least one person in the dirt section selling produce once in a while. The sellers on the pavement are always there. There's the banana guy I gave directions to on the corner, if you go one way from that corner, there's the Korean lady a few stands down who doesn't really have great prices, but if you go the other way, there's a couple box trucks from a farmer from East Windsor who has good prices and a lot of stuff he grows. On the side of the red building is the black guys who have the best prices sometimes hit or miss. In the corner opposite the banana guy, near the bar building, there's another stand with like a red wooden hut that is built there, don't even waste your time with that guy, way overpriced and he yells at his workers like a Nazi too.
they have starter plants for gardens also super cheap starting in a few weeks for the season. Not sure if the produce stands have them though.
the prices are hit or miss for certain things, like the farmer I mentioned, his watermelon prices aren't great but his tomatoes, cantaloupe, and peaches etc are. Same with the black guys, their organic potatoes are practically free, carrots, pineapples, organic greens etc real cheap but might have other stuff at prices you'd almost see at a supermarket.
he's hasn't had banana cases for a long time :(