Anyone Know where to buy a crate of bananas at a good price in Phoenix or Tempe area?
depends on your priorities.
The top quality is likely at Whole Foods.
the best prices for overripes are at Food Cities (they often put out boxes of spotty nans; marginal taste but fine in smoothies, and Kodiak Wholesale produce (there's a thread in this group if you search back a bit with the details).
Windlord said it. Typically boxes of Organic cost $22 (Sprouts) to $27 (Trader Joes). Ranch market and Food City are great if you need a box on the cheap (Conventional). I have picked up boxes of overripe for as little as $3 bucks for 40lbs, but it's not consistent. Food City also sells spotted nanners in white paper bags for cheaper then normal (typically 99 cents per bag and the bag has 2-4lbs I would guess). Trial and error seems to be the only solution thus far for me. It;s good to get in with a produce manager, but I haven;t had much success yet in the Arcadia area.
Thankks, you both helped alot! Vincent, how should I go about getting in with a produce manager?
It seems that most produce managers work the morning shift. Ask one of the produce people who the manager is, and explain (in short) your dietary needs ("I consume yada yada a week and would like to purchase two boxes per week from you"). Find out the cost, if there is a box discount (usually 10 percent unless they are on sale then you don't get a discount). Find out what days they get them delivered also and pick whatever two work for you. It might be a good idea to get a contact number also so you can call and cancel and order if need be. Now would be a good time to ask about what they do with their second hand/overripe fruit. Most stores donate to one of the food banks, but some just throw it away. You can score some really good deals this way.
wend at food city or ranch market and el super , 4 or 3 pounds for a dollar (unripe)
every day a circle K 1.29 a 2 pound bag (always perfectly ripe and spotted)
sprouts organic 67 cents a pound
This is great. I need to do this! I talked to an employee at Whole Foods yesterday about ordering in bulk. He said if I call an order in between 8 and 9 in the morning, then they can have it for me the very next day. I can order anything except apples - I guess apples have to go through an inspection or something. This is at the Whole Foods in Tempe.