I want shallots - lots of them. I consider it a staple but can't source properly.
Our good pal Ralph can't be counted on to sell them - not even the snobbier Ralph's that at least have organic veggie sections. If they do have them, they're always overpriced and picked over.
I also want nice fresh herbs. Whenever I pay Ralph $1.99 for two ounces of tarragon in a plastic box, I know I'm getting hosed. I can hear Ralph personally laughing at me behind a two-way mirror somewhere nearby. And they're always out of rosemary.
Where can I get the hookup for good, cheap shallots, nice fresh herbs, and other good stuff like that? What's the best one-stop place for home cooks? Should I be sourcing this stuff from a farmer's market, perhaps?