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Can anyone tell me where the best places are to buy bulk produce in either Tacoma or Seattle (or anywhere in between)? --- Preferably organic!  I feel like we've exhausted our options in Tacoma and none of them are particularly good :(  Thanks!!!!

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That's a great question. I'd love to know in addition if anyone knows of something in Eastern WA, like Twisp/Withrop??
I can only comment on cheap bananas, as that is what I mainly purchase for the bulk of my calories.

Trader Joe's sells organic bananas at $0.29 each. That equals to be about $26.00 for a case worth. You can't buy a case from Trader Joe's, but you can sure fill up a cart with bananas and make for interesting conversation at the check out.

I'm sure you can find cheaper bananas if you really search and drive around, or be lucky enough to get a discount box of bananas not fit for the shelf. But, depending on where you live, Trader Joe's can be very convenient and well priced, especially if you live in the south end.

Convenience of acquiring food is key in this lifestyle.

Also, when dates are in season, Trader Joe's sells 1lb boxes of Medjools for about $3.50 each. Compared to Whole Foods or other store chains who sell them for $8.00 each. $3.50/lb is cheaper than buying bulk from local farmers in California, but they are not as tasty.

Yes, that's where we've been getting our bananas from too and I agree, great price and great place for bananas and a few other things when they have them ... but we're really wanting to find other bulk foods as well ... cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, mangos, pineapple etc.... --- I'm going to call Charlie's Produce in Seattle tomorrow to see if they sell to individuals and if we can go directly to the warehouse to check it out..... Hopefully it's good news!!!

Thanks for the response :)

I get most of my produce from Charlie's. They are the largest distributor of organic produce in the state. I have an account with them and usually pick up 1-2 orders a week. I have an online sign in for ordering and since I told them I only buy organics they filter my options to only organic which is nice. I save a ton with them. I usually spend about 30-50% of what I would at grocery stores.

When I first asked them about opening up an account the saleswoman told me that I needed to have a business license so I just went ahead and got one so I could order from them and told them I was going to be a vendor at farmers markets. It's only $15 a year for a state business license so it's worth it. Basically they want you to make purchases of $50 or more which is very easy to do, and that's why they don't sell to individuals I guess. You can't just go to the warehouse and pick out what you want, you have to order it the day before from the website or over the phone and then when you're picking it up you can check it for quality before you pay and make changes, deletions, or additions while you are there if needed.

Thanks Derek!  That's really helpful info :)  I'm guessing I can use my personal trainer/nutrition consultant business license to do this?

I think so. As long as you have a UBI #. I think that is what they need.

Hi Derek, are you still ordering from Charlie's? I'll be in the area for a few weeks in Dec-Jan and wondering if I could go in with someone who has a wholesale fruit-buying account. Please let me know, thanks!

East Asia in Tacoma. Duck delivery in Sumner. You can probably go through Marlene's for organic greens at a good price.

Thanks Stacey!  We will check them out :)  The produce supervisor at the Tacoma Co-op is willing to price out bulk items for me, both local and OR and CA produce and get whatever she can that I am requesting but I will check out Marlene's as well.

 

 

Yeah the Tacoma Co-op is super friendly! The best wholesaler for organic produce is Organically Grown Company. You may be able to set up an account with them and have it delivered to the co-op. Otherwise the order minimum for delivery is 300$. 

organicgrown.com 

http://www.organicgrown.com/pdfs/pricesheetlvl1.pdf        This is what their price sheet looks like(keep on lock and key!) 

Tacoma Boys is OK some Organic some not 

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