Buy Organic Fruits & Vegetables Wholesale to Save 50% at the Los Angeles Produce Terminal

Buy Organic Fruits & Vegetables Wholesale to Save 50% at the Los Angeles Produce Terminal


This is John Kohler with okraw.com. I’ve
got another exciting episode for you and this one is gonna save you guys some money if you
live in the southern California Los Angeles area. Where I’m at today is actually at
the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and this is the produce terminal. This is the
place where stores grocery stores health food stores and even restaurants come to buy their
produce in bulk to save money and then they jack up the prices and charge you more and
that’s how they make a living. You can literally cut out the middle man and come into the Los
Angeles Wholesale Produce Market yourself and buy produce by the case. Now they don’t
split the cases. You have to buy things by the case but the thing is when you buy by
the case you can save a lot of money. This part of the produce terminal is the new
section and you could sure enough go through this section and buy the stuff but actually
what I like is I like the old terminal and its the kind of a more comfy feel with small
vendors that are probably more apt to work with you guys cause you know some of these
big vendors they like to work with a big grocery store and sell cases and cases of stuff at
a time but when you’re just buying a case at a time bring some cash. Money talks in
these lots. Anyways let’s go ahead and walk over to the old terminal actually just down
the block. We’re here at Central and 7th in downtown
Los Angeles or LA lalala. The building behind me it’s actually just the outsides of a
building or like a fortress so you’re actually gonna go into the inside and then that’s
where you park and then walk around to all the different stalls which we’re gonna go
and show you guys in a minute. And then you’re gonna negotiate with the sellers of the produce.
You’re gonna have to buy like a case. You can’t buy single produce items you gotta
buy the case but case prices are very inexpensive. For example right now cases of cantaloupes
like 12 pieces were like 8 bucks and you know there are good deals over there mostly if
it’s not organic but you will find a few organic things strewn in. Later in this video
we’re actually gonna go to an organic distributor where you get all organic stuff if that’s
what you wanna eat. I always encourage you guys to buy organic whenever possible. Anyways
let’s head over to this market on the inside show you guys what it looks like. Next we’re gonna head to the market. You
could see we’re at Market Court and actually parking is particularly bad at this market
and you wanna get here early. The market is open from 1am to 9am and you can’t get here
by 9 cause they close up shop cause they’ve been working all night. This is the best entrance
here on Market Court and 7th. You’re just gonna come around this entrance here and as
you can see it’s gonna open and you’re just gonna drive and then find a parking spot
like in the center somewhere. And there’s a lot of forklifts and all these different
things so when you’re driving in here or walking around you gotta be very careful. So this is the main area of the produce terminal.
You could see like little stalls and these are all individual stores. The number 1 thing
you wanna bring cash and cash talks bs walks. You wanna bring cash and just ask the prices
and once again just like shopping at any store you’re just gonna shop around since there’s
all these people competing against one another finding the best produce and make sure you
go through the whole entire box and make sure you’re getting good stuff cause sometimes
there might be some rotten ones or bad ones at the bottom and make sure you got good stuff
and get the best deals on the things that you wanna buy. Now today I’m gonna get some
cantaloupes, mamey sapotes, and some red bells organic. You may or may not know one of my favorite
foods in the whole wide world is the coconut and I’ve found the number 1 place to buy
coconuts here at the market. It’s at Coco Loco best quality coconuts. They’re the
best exporters and distributers so this is your source for the coconuts. I’m gonna
show you guys the display coconuts and share with you guys all the different kinds of coconuts
they have here and the differences between them. As you could see here in Los Angeles we are
in coconut heaven. You could see cases and cases. There must be several hundred coconuts
just right here. And the one you wanna get is actually the one right here. This actually
is called the Coconut Tierno. Now these ones are imported from Mexico. They have a really
thin spoon like meat in most cases but not all cases. Now the differences you could get
here a box of 20 pieces. It’s actually gonna be a better price and they’re gonna be a
bit smaller or you could get a box of like 11 pieces same kind the Tierno, and they’re
gonna be much larger. So I like to get the small box. At the time they’re in the 20
to 28 dollar range and you know so those are the young ones. If you wanna get one a little
bit more mature you could go ahead and then get something like theses guys here. These
are called the Coconut or Coco Sazon. These guys are a little bit thicker meat but the
water’s still definitely real good to drink. Sometimes they also have the brown coconuts
that I’m not seeing here on the display and I don’t necessarily recommend the brown
coconuts for the drinking. Those are good if you wanna use the meat to make like a coconut
milk or something like that. Now coconut water is one of the best waters you could drink.
Better than the bottled water, especially the bottled waters coming from a plastic bottle.
The coconut water is really high in electrolytes and plants cytokines which in my opinion and
my research are anti-aging. So I’m definitely picking up a case of coconuts today. So I’ve been shopping around this market
and I got one of my first items here. This is what I got. I got some mamey sapote. So
if you guys never tasted this fruit you definitely wanna try it. This is like called the pumpkin
pie fruit. You cut this open and it’s as rich and delicious as pumpkin pie but it’s
100% fruit and 100% rich in antioxidants. Next what I wanna do is actually I wanna share
with you guys some tips about shopping at the market. So my number 1 tip is the first
thing when you get here you wanna get here early enough number 1. Number 2 you’re gonna
do a loop. You’re gonna go around to every stall and check out what they got. Ask for
prices of the things that you’re interested in. I’m personally only interested in the
organics here and the organic things they had today were things like organic cherries
approximately like $3 a pound if you bought them by the case. They had organic cantaloupes
7 to 8 dollars depending on the store you went to for organic cantaloupes by the case.
They also had organic red bell peppers. $10 a case organic. Another thing they had organic
were the organic mangoes that I didn’t get the price on because they actually didn’t
look really good at all. Let’s talk about not looking good at all. So in the industry
here, the worst thing that they have is things that are B grade or things that are ripe or
things that are underripe or overripe and those are things you could save a lot of money
on. You could bargain with them and get those for almost next to nothing because they don’t
want them going bad but you take them home and eat them and enjoy them immediately. That’s
definitely one good way to save money. So after you circle around and figure out the
places that have the best produce, with the best prices go back to them and buy the stuff
that you want to get at the lowest price. What I’m gonna do now is actually go around
to different places and get some of my organic produce including those coconuts and we’re
headed out to another market that’s only organic. So this market you know organic is
the exception to the rule. It’s mostly non-organic but they will have some organic things depending
on the time of year and the organic things that they have are at the lowest prices right
now because this is where the influx in the market is and they’re selling probably most
of the organic stuff. And it could be organic or non-organic it doesn’t matter because
it’s always gonna be the lowest prices here. So shop at this market first to find the organics
that you can’t cause they’re gonna be the lowest prices and then go to the next
one that has all organic which you’re gonna pay a little bit more but they’ll have a much
wider selection. We’re here at 1400 East Olympic which is
across from the big wholesale produce terminal that you just saw and this is where if you
wanna buy organic produce they have basically all organic. Nothing is non-organic. Over
at the terminal they had mostly non-organic and a few things organic but if you got your
organic stuff over there you’re definitely gonna save a lot of money. Here the protocol
is you’re gonna go inside or actually give them a call. Their number is 213-623-0640.
You’re gonna ask for a price sheet. What you do is you’re gonna have to call in your
order a day in advance. Once you get the price sheet you could actually go oh I wanna buy
this this and this and then you could pick it up the next day between 8 o’clock and 3pm.
So they have a wide selection of basically all the organic stuff you would buy you know
at a food store for actually much much less money. In most cases you will have to buy
by the case here but in some cases they will actually split the case up which is cool which
is meaning you guys are getting wholesale prices direct to you by not even buying full
cases. You know why it’s better to buy at the wholesale market and find the organics
over there is for one very important reason. Saving money. The organic cantaloupes here
is like 13 bucks and over there I paid 8 bucks. So that’s a significant savings. For example
another thing I got over there was organic pears. They were $17 a box. Over here they’re
43 bucks. So you always wanna try to buy your stuff over there and fill in over here with
whatever else you can’t get over there that you could find organic. I bought a whole bunch of cool stuff at the
Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal Produce Market and now I’m gonna share with you
guys what I got, why I bought it, and some more tips and tricks about shopping at local
produce terminals. So let’s go ahead and open up the car and show you what I got. As you could see I got a total of 1 2 3 4
5 cases of produce and let’s see. Up top here we got a whole case of organic red bell
peppers. I don’t know if you’ve priced organic bell peppers lately but normally they’re
around $5 a pound. This box was a whole box and definitely a lot in there for probably
about 15 20 pounds because they’re hollow they’re not super you know heavy. But nonetheless
this box was 10. Now these ones were seconds which means there were some bad spots so we
cut out all the bad spots and made some delicious red pepper juice. Next right here we got a
whole box of boss pears, 4/5ths of a bushel and this is probably like a 35 pound box of
organic pears 17 bucks. It’s definitely a really good deal here. Now I don’t necessarily
like eating pears too much especially when they’re not ripe off the tree they’re
just not fully sweet. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna use these for juicing
when I juice greens to make green juices. They’re definitely really good. Here on
the bottom you saw that earlier. We got a whole box of the mamey sapote also called
the pumpkin pie fruit so these guys definitely are so good really delicious. Behind me here
we got a case of cantaloupes, 9 organic cantaloupes a nice size. That case was $8 so that’s
less than a dollar per cantaloupe. Now if you have a even a Trader Joe’s would charge
a pretty good price. They’re like 2.50 per cantaloupe. The same exact ones actually.
So you’re gonna save at least minimum 50% off by buying things wholesale and by the
case. Finally at the bottom we got a case of Coco Selecto Tierno and these guys are
the younger Mexican coconut. You know almost like jelly meat not quite as young as the
thai. 20 of these guys for 26 bucks. I mainly go for them for the water and this time I’ll
actually probably be dehydrating the ones that are in there. So those are the 5 things
that I got here at the wholesale produce market and again you’ll notice most of the things
I got were fruits and all these produce items are actually gonna store fairly well out of
the refrigerator because I was traveling in the Los Angeles area. So that’s another
thing you know you don’t wanna buy too much, especially if it’s your first time you’ll
see really good prices. Don’t go crazy cause if you don’t have a place to store the produce
especially things like the seconds, they’re gonna go bad on you when your produce goes
bad you’re definitely not saving money. So besides shopping at wholesale produce terminals,
which is a good place to save money, the best place to save money if you wanna eat a lot
of fruits and vegetables is by growing your own garden. Growing your own garden by far
is the best way because number 1 you’re gonna save a lot of money. A pack of seeds
could be as little as 20 cents at Walmart which would grow you literally a bushel of
zucchini but the other thing is that the produce you grow in your front yard or your backyard
is a lot fresher than the stuff here especially if you’re buying seconds. You know the fruit
and vegetable at their peak of ripeness and right when they’re picked have the most nutrition.
As something is picked and transported and shipped the nutrition slowly goes down. So
I wanna encourage you to always eat the highest quality and most vibrant produce whenever
possible. Oh another thing I almost forgot to show you guys. Right here we got a bag
of organic oranges. Now I probably wouldn’t even bother buying oranges at the wholesale
produce market. They’re actually probably less expensive at the farmer’s market which
is another good place to buy your produce. In the Los Angeles area I always see 25 pound
bags of oranges and that actually happen to be organic. Organic oranges 25 pounds only
10 bucks. So yeah check your local farmer’s market, another excellent way to save money
on food by buying direct from the farmer. And if you buy things like the 25 pound bag
or by the case the farmers will all often times negotiate with you a better price so
you could save some money off their posted prices. So and then also get to know your
farmers and go back to them week after week and if they keep seeing you then they’ll
probably also give you low prices because you’re one of their better customers. So produce terminals are found outside major
cities. If you live you know outside a major city you may be in luck. You wanna do a google
search for a wholesale produce terminal and then you’ll find a list of all the different
produce terminals in the whole United States. I’ve been to the ones in the San Fransisco
Bay area, Los Angeles, and the Baltimore area so far and they all were fairly the same.
You know number 1 get there early, number 2 bring cash with you to wheel and deal.
All the produce terminals that I’ve currently visited they will sell to and users like yourself
you don’t need to own a store you don’t need to own a business. Just bring a wad of
cash and you gotta pretty much buy the case. If you’re interested in learning how the
other produce terminals work that I’ve visited please go and check my other videos on those
specific produce terminals. I hope to visit more produce terminals in the future. Make
video guides for you guys. It’s really fun and I enjoy buying a lot of produce thats
organic so I eat a healthy fruit and vegetable based diet whenever I travel. So once again
my name is John Kohler with okraw.com. We’ll see you next time and remember keep eating
your fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re the best.