Are you struggling to find medjool dates in your local retail store? You would think that it would be easy to walk into any big boxed store or grocery store like Wal-Mart, Fry's, Safeway or Ralph's and just pick up a pound of dates from the produce section. It's not, I just went to our local Walmart store to check if they carried Medjool dates and guess what...nope. And we live right in the middle of the most populated area where medjool dates are produced. I eventually did find some Natural Delights at an Albertson's after about the 4th store I visited. I do know Costco, Trader Joe's and Wholefoods carry's medjool dates, but the ones that I have seen seem to be pretty old and been sitting for a while. The freshest dates I have seen are in Trader Joes, but the odds of you having a store in your area is slim considering they are mainly found on the west-cost in California. Also, it seems that the Deglet Noor variety of dates are more available in the local stores. The Natural Delights dates that we did find were in a 10 oz. clam shell box. The Albertsons - where we found them had Organic, Pitted and regular medjool dates. They also had some coconut date rolls, but was out of the almond.
A farmers market is probably your best bet to buy dates around your neighborhood. We have seen as many as 3 vendors selling nothing but medjool dates and other varieties of organic dates. Specialty stores are another great place to look when wanting to buy organic dates.
It appears that Medjool dates are not mainstream enough for wide-spread distribution...yet. And buying medjool dates online is still the best option when wanting to buy fresh medjool dates. Plus, if you do find some fruit dates in a retail store you more than likely will have to suffice with a smaller 10oz option as opposed to the bulk 11 lb. option you can buy online. The typical size you will be able to find online is 1 lb., 2 lb. 5lb and the most popular bulk 11 lb box of medjool dates. These are also the more popular sizes that you would purchase from one of the local date farms.
It may seem weird that a website that sells medjool dates online would be writing a post on where to buy them locally, but their just is not that many places that carry them. That was one of the several reasons why we created Whole Fresh Dates. We wanted to create a place where people can go and buy date related products online with fast and free shipping. Data shows that more and more customers are getting comfortable with purchasing their food online. Walmart has started a test recently where they are now offering straight to your door perishable goods delivery. And Safeway is slowly starting to roll out their grocery delivery service where they guarantee a 1hr delivery time.
To sum it up...buying dates can be tough if you are looking locally. If you happen to live in a major metropolitan area, your chances increase drastically as you are more likely to have more options. Targeting natural food stores, farmers markets and specialty stores is your best bet.
But, of course we still prefer you to buy from Whole Fresh Dates. Our dates are always from this years crop, large and fresh. We value our customers and always look to please. We are just a click away!