For people who live in Dallas, Texas.
Latest Activity: Nov 26
Started by Singa123 Oct 15.
If I started a meetup group in dfw for a small contribution who would be interested. There is not a lot of support here and I wanna get that going and spread the word:)Continue
Yeah the Farmer's Market is a good place to get cheap fruit. Go to the wholesale section though, not the vendors. I scored a huge box of valencia oranges for $16, a case of bananas for $12 and ataulfo mangoes at 24 for $6! Needless to say I stocked up on the mangoes since they were such a great deal and one of my favorites.
Hi y'all! I live in Keller, originally from the northeast, wanted to say "hi" to fellow raw foodists in the area! I am fairly new to this life style (2 months in) so still trying to figure it all out. Are there any groups or support out in the dfw area? Would be nice to meet and connect with others that are living this same life style. Thanks! Jill
I ordered fruit and greens from Hardies on 10/3. Several cases of fruit that I ordered had to be pre-ordered, so I won't be able to get those until 10/7. I was able to pick up enough to manage over the weekend, but it would have been nice to know about the pre-order deal during one of the many phone calls that I made to ask questions about their process. I found that all of the items on their organic list that one of their operators said that they "no longer carried", were actually the pre-order items. Maybe he just didn't know. The females that answered the phone were much more knowledgeable and helpful than the males.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that organic fruit really does taste better. Previously, I didn't like pears, but the organic ones that I got from Hardies are super sweet and make great smoothies.
All the fruit looks fine. The greens look beautiful too. In all it was a good experience...it would have been nice to only have to make one trip, but I'm too happy to finally have found an organic bulk produce distributor that works with the public to complain too much about multiple trips for a single order.
A note about Paradise....Initially, when I started using Paradise Produce, I got fairly good conventional fruit. However, as time went on, I found the staff to be somewhat rude and their produce to be very overripe most of the time. I took it in stride at first. I would think that they would move enough produce and receive new shipments often enough to be smart about managing their stock, however as time went on, I received entire cases of fruit that were either molded or just plain rotten. I won't go back there and really can't recommend them any longer.
Is anyone looking for a roommate or to meet up? Im so alone/
Thank you Gena! this is really helpful!
Hardie's Fruit and Vegetables
1005 North Cockrell Hill Road Dallas, TX 75211 Phone: 214.426.5666
I called this location this morning. I was told that they do sell to the public. The last page of their produce list (I pulled my copy from their online produce list link) shows the organic selections they offer. So finally, after 3 months of searching, I've found a wholesaler in Dallas who will sell bulk, organic produce to the public. Per the girl who answered the phone, you just call and place your order and then go pick it up. You have to pay cash, and their hours are 7a-4p. There is a catch. Their selection is somewhat limited. I will likely end up buying bananas, grapes and apples (which I use alot of) from somewhere else. I really enjoyed Paradise and am glad they were available as an option. However, I think I will buy as much organic as possible from now on from Hardie's. If anyone has used this wholesaler, please reply with your opinion of them and any details you would like to share regarding your order, purchase, pickup experience; quality of the produce, etc.
Sam's club has some amazing deals on some of their produce and you only have to pay $45 for one year of membership, which will definitely be ok in the long run because you will save lots on produce within the first couple weeks from my math.
The only downside is that it is not organic, but it looks and tastes like pretty good quality produce.
Happy shopping everyone =3
Has anyone located an organic produce wholesaler in the Dallas area?
Well, if you live in the Dallas Area and you can make it to the Dallas Farmers' Market, Paradise Produce is a really good wholesaler. I bought several cases of produce from them on Friday and I like them. The fruit was very good quality. The staff was helpful. I contacted Erica via email, she emailed me a price list, I made my selections and emailed the list back to her with the approximate time of pick up. My order was waiting on the dock for me on Friday afternoon when I arrived. Very convenient. Also, it beats having to fight with the produce department at the grocery store (why doesn't the grocery store want to sell cases of fruit?). These people are actually in business to sell cases of fruit!! Love Paradise Produce!!
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