Alright folks... In two weeks I'm heading from Vancouver to Pasadena and I'm looking for tips from locals along that route. Main thing: where can I find good, organic fruits and veggies along the way!?
Since I'm not allowed to bring fruit across the border, I'll need to stock up right away. I'm looking at you Seattle 811ers!! ;) Where in your fair town is the best place to buy organic (and RIPE!) bananas, watermelons and other fruits?
And, anyone who lives along that route (Seattle, Portland, San Fran area, Sacramento, etc....)... if you know of good places to stock up, let me know.
Thanks in advance!
I live in Seattle and I work in the produce dept. of a grocery store in the downtown area. While I can't definitively tell you the "best" places to stock up I can offer to set aside some bananas to ripen for you at the store where I work. Melons are starting to get decent. Organic fair trade bananas are 0.89 cents/lb. and conventional fair trade ones are 0.69-0.79 cents/lb. You could also try calling a store of your choice in advance and asking them to set aside some bananas for you if you know the day you'll be in. Whole Foods would be a better choice for that where customer service is more of a priority.
Trader Joe's is alright for bananas and over-packaged greens. The International district is a good spot for Asian markets. You could also check out the farmers markets.
I'll be in the same situation in a couple weeks when we'll be taking a road trip across the country (my first trip since 811) to visit relatives...should be interesting!
Good luck to you, it will be an adventure!
Thanks a lot HH!! I'll be passing through some time around the 29th, so maybe I'll take you up on the offer to set some bananas aside! That's always the problem while traveling... getting ripe ones. I bought some greenish ones the other day, and had them ripening in the car, but one night the temperature dropped too low and they all went black and mushy overnight. :(
Thanks for the link to the farmer's market too. I'll check it out.
So... I'll message you with a week or so notice about the bananas, and if you're able to do that It'll be hugely appreciated (oh, definitely would go for the organic ones too - your organic bananas are the price of our conventional ones :)
My pleasure. I enjoy helping out a fellow frugivore. I will be on vacation at the same time but I will have it arranged...I've got connections ;)
Let me know how much and approximately how ripe you 'd like them and, of course, the day you'll be in by May 23. I'll message you the address. I wish I could be there to monitor the ripening...there's so many factors involved, as you well know.
Also, if we still have the Haitian mangos in stock when your in try them (if you haven't already).
Wow, thanks for such generosity! Much appreciated :)
I'll definitely make sure to try the mangos! I'll PM you when I know which day I'll be in town.
Just so you know you're allowed to take bananas and California dates across the border. I did it a couple weeks ago, but they tossed out my mangoes :( Make sure the dates are american though and not from mexico or across seas or anything.
Ah. Cool. I didn't know that. I'll give it a try. The dates I have right now aren't US though, so I better chow them down before I go ;)
I brought across a tub of Bard Valley dates and... some bananas maybe? a couple years ago. I don't remember what the second thing was. I specifically pointed them out to the border guard and he barely even glanced up.
Oh, Matt covered that. :)
Sorry, can't help with the journey down, but when you get here 'Welcome to Pasadena!' Are you moving here, or just visiting?
Just staying with friends, actually up in Altadena. Should be there for 6 months. :)
I moved from Vancouver to La. I would definitely try the whole sale fruit market when you are here, although it is a ways away from you.. it's a neat experience to try!
Can you tell me where the market is? I'd love to check it out when I'm there.
Also... if you don't mind me asking: did you get a greencard and/or work visa to make the move? and if so, how?