Time for another Top 5 list! I thought it might be fun to “rank” the local grocery stores for their prices, quality, and variety on certain items – there are some stores you may prefer for one type of thing but not the other, so it will be interesting to hear everyone’s preferences!
Here are my preferences for the top five grocery stores in Colorado Springs for buying produce. I’m taking into account regular and sale prices, quality, and variety.
1. Sunflower Market
This is the hands-down winner for me. There are very few weeks when Sunflower doesn’t have rock-bottom prices on at least a few produce items. Their quality is usually very good, and they typically have enough different items on sale that it’s worth a trip there just for produce. I can say that we eat more produce because of Sunflower Market.
2. Rancho Liborio
It’s a bit of a drive for a lot of us, but their prices on produce are unparalled! If you’re cooking any sort of Mexican dish, thi sis the place to head for your peppers, avocados, tomatoes, and more. It’s not just peppers, either – last week I headed there to buy some ingredients for stuffed poblanos and needed red bell peppers. Their regular price was $1.49/lb, and it ended up being just under $1 for two good-sized red bell peppers. Sometimes the produce quality is not quite as good as the larger chains, but overall I’d still rate it #2 on my list. You can get a lot of produce for just a little money here.
3. King Soopers
They don’t always have the lowest prices from week to week, but King Soopers consistently has good prices and great quality. The few times I’ve had issues with King Soopers’ produce, they’ve gladly returned or exchanged it. I think their red tape bananas are one of my favorite things, as silly as it seems – I’ve never found another store that has red-tape bananas (39¢/lb)!
I don’t buy a lot of produce at Safeway – some of the stores have dimly-lit produce departments, which is just a little odd to me. That should be the brightest place in the store! When I do buy produce at Safeway, it’s usually a weekend sale, and rarely is it my whole prooduce list for the week – more often than not it’s just one or two produce items, I buy the rest elsewhere.
I occasionally buy produce at Albertsons, but not too often. Similarly to Safeway, it’s rarely the place I’d buy my whole produce list for the week. Overall they don’t run that many “rock-bottom” sales, so it’s last on my list.
How would your Top 5 Stores for Produce list look? I’m interested to hear! Obviously there are still more grocery stores than I’ve listed here, like Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Costco, Sam’s, etc. Which ones are your favorites and why?
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