I probably just never noticed before, but I finally found a date vendor at the farmers' market that doesn't make you buy a whole box. They're at the end of the market closest to the ocean.
At least ten different varieties, sorted according to sweet/moist vs. drier/more textured. Also had great unripe Barhis, which I'd never tried.
Question: who knows the name of this vendor? It was so crowded I just grabbed my dates and ran.
I also didn't have time to take notes: who knows their dates and wants to play name those dates? These are gorgeous specimens, I must say, and a very enjoyable sugar kick.