I am moving to the Mount Washington area in Baltimore in a couple of weeks. I have been living in Houston. I am looking for advice on shopping for groceries. I cook nearly all my meals, and tend to eat whole foods and as much organic as I can afford (generally, I buy organic unless it's crazy crazy expensive or I know the conventional isn't terrible). Good food is one of my passions. I don't mind being somewhat inconvenienced or taking a bit more time to go to the good places. But I am on a limited budget so I would like to only buy from e.g., Whole Foods when I have to.
In Houston, I would usually hit up the farmer's market first. Second, the Fiesta stores there (basically a local chain catering to immigrants from around the world), which had hands-down the cheapest organics you could find, though it was just a tiny section. Lastly, I would go to the Central Market (a store that's probably closer to a Wegmans than a Whole Foods, I would say) as a last resort.
Fish I bought at a place called "airline seafood" that restaurants would buy from (but was also open to the public). You couldn't always go in and find what you wanted, but prices were good.
I also lived for a while in Northern Cali and I fell in love with a really awesome European-style grocery store that often had amazingly good deals (and only sold what was in season... loved that).
Are there any equivalents to what I'm describing above? Or just any awesome place you can recommend for quality ingredients?