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El Sobrante - Hi Country Produce

rworange | May 9, 2006 05:17 PM

Just a note that this nice little produce stand was sold a few months ago.

The new owners are Latino. The old owners were Indian but stocked well-chosen, reasonably-priced Mid-Eastern and Thai products along with every day staples.

They also have about 80 small bins of bulk items that include pasta, rice, flour, dried fruit, oats, granola, grains, dried beans, etc, etc, etc.

For a store that tiny they really have some well-chosen and eclectic items. They sell organic maple syrup for $4.39 a bottle. Pomegranate juice and pomegranate molasses is next to the teriyaki sauce. One of the jams sold was from Sebastapol’s Kowslowski Farms. Cans of foul (fava beans) cozy up against bags of Masa.

Yet unless paying close attention the more unusual items don't stand out. It just looks like an average little vegetable stand.

Parking surrounds the tiny market and it is about half a dozen steps from car to store. The entire store is about fifteen steps deep and ten steps wide. Yet it is orderly and doesn’t look at all crowded.

Produce is fresh and well-priced. Greens were not drowned in water like supermarkets. Need parsley? No problem. Zip in, grab a fresh bunch and be out in under a minute. A dairy case in the back has the basics like milk, eggs and cheese. I noticed there are now a few more Mexican cheeses as well as a large wheel of queso fresco.

A few other Mexican goods are appearing like my favorite tortillas, the thick type with a golden label from Taqueria de Margurey. Large, oval, fifteen ounce cans of Bumble Bee Mexican sardines in tomato sauce are on sold for $1.29. The American version in the regular 4 oz cans sells for $.89 at Raleys around the corner. First time I’ve seen the Mexican Bumble Bee sardines.

Hopefully all will remain the same. There actually is a little review on Yahoo. However, Nepali Hindi is no longer spoken, only Spanish and a little English. The new owner seems one pleasant. She was about to drink a Jamaica aqua fresca (bought elsewhere) when a customer asked what it was. The owner explained this exotic, to that customer, drink, and offered to split it with her. The customer accepted a tiny taste in another cup. It’s that kind of place.

Hi Country Produce

(510) 222-1812

4927 Appian Way
El Sobrante, CA 94803

Link: http://local.yahoo.com/details;_ylt=A...

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