Hi ya'll... here are my current strategies for getting good fruit prices in SF. feel free to add any strategies that I'm missing...
I live on Nob Hill, but buy most of my fruit from civic center farmers markets because I get very good deals on local stuff. In addition, when produce is on sale at grocery stores, there can also be very good prices i.e. safeway, CALA, wholefoods. Am I missing anything, and, would it be helpful for us to be maintaining some sort of forum for great places to buy certain fruits at certain times... i.e. wholefoods has had a great deal for my favorite mango's - $1 each for the past few weeks, etcetc
I realize it's not S.F. but you can buy conventional and organic produce by the box at both Berkeley Bowl locations in Berkeley. That's where I buy my bananas by the box. Earls is good too but I find getting conventional bananas, mangoes, and whatnot from Berkeley Bowl is more bang for my buck (then again I live in the east bay, so for you it's a ways out).
Watch my video above for my techniques for getting the best deals at the SF wholesale produce market. Most is non-organic, but certain vendors have organic. Most of the time, the "other vendors" are less expensive than Earls.