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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Produce at The Swapper

How much do you think all this produce cost?
The box on the left was $3 the box on the right was $7.
I'm a Swapper produce veteran now... but let me tell you about my first time...
Circa October 2008 I heard through the grapevine that the OC Marketplace had great deals on produce. The one tip I got was to get there near closing time (4pm).
I arrived at 3:45pm.
There was a huge crowd of people around the produce.
Right after I joined the gaggle a seasoned veteran took me under her wing (I must have been an obvious swapper virgin). I reached for a basket. She touched my arm and said, “Wait honey.”

The seller yelled, "Bag of grapes, $1." The bags were huge!
I looked at my mentor
She shook her head, “Not yet.”
A few minutes later "3 bags of grapes, $1!!"
Surely it can’t get any better than that!
I was itching to start loading my basket.
“Wait” my mentor said
About 5 minutes later "5 bags of grapes, $1"

It was a free for all. It was about 4:30 and the deals were crazy!!!

Moral of the Story:
Get to The Swapper at 4pm (it's free that late in the day) and wait till the deals are crazy. Though the longer you wait the less the pickings!
I'm talking basket of strawberries for .50 cents. Bag of artichokes $1. You name it!! They want to get rid of everything because they can't keep it for the next weekend.


rachael said...

:) The produce is super ripe, too... so use it or lose it! Thank you for sharing w/ us. YUM!

Lin said...

Wow, awesome deal!

Thanks for the info, I'm totally going to show up a lil later now.

Angry Julie Monday said...

LOL, but are you going to use it all? Let me know next time, cause I'm at work across the street.

Jessica said...

Wow, what a great tip! In the past I've skipped out on farmer's markets because I thought the produce was too expensive. Next time, I'll try a little later in the day and see if the prices improve.

The Blonde Duck said...

That was so nice of that lady to advise you!

I need to go there!!!!

Honey Mommy said...

Wow! That is so cool! I need to find something like that around here.

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