Gallery: Market Tours: Rossman Farms, a Wonderland of Cheap, Tasty Produce

Rossman Farms
Rossman Farms
The enormous store occupies the first floor of a warehouse on Third Avenue under the BQE overpass.
Bargains
Bargains
All of Rossman's prices are very low, but the outside of the store is where the bargain-basement specials of the week are displayed.
Greens
Greens
Just one of the packed veggie aisles in the store.
Pepper Aisle
Pepper Aisle
A super colorful display of peppers of all kinds.
Roots
Roots
Bins and bins of onions and potatoes...
Purple Potatoes
Purple Potatoes
...such as this lovely purple variety.
Tropical Island
Tropical Island
Not Jamaica, but some of the produce you can find there: jicama, ginger, plantains, bananas, and peppers.
Cheese Island
Cheese Island
Rossman's continually updates its product line to reflect the needs of its customer base. The store added this cheese section, which offers a huge selection of both domestic and imported cheeses, a few months ago.
Organic Island
Organic Island
Another update Rossman's has made: an ever-expanding line of organic produce.
Housemade Salads
Housemade Salads
Rossman's produces a line of 40 housemade salads in its on-site kitchen. The salads, which include superb hummus, guacamole, roasted eggplant, and tahini cauliflower, are made fresh daily. For most varieties, a pint will run you $3.98.
Persimmons
Persimmons
Owner Mike Rossman is of Israeli descent, and several of the store's products reflect that heritage, such as these persimmons, which are commonly eaten in the Middle East.
Personal Watermelon
Personal Watermelon
When you just don't want to share.
Mama Mia! Tomatoes!
Mama Mia! Tomatoes!
Another way Rossman's keeps costs down? They produce their own line of fruits and vegetables on farms in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and package them under their Mama Mia label. Here, a variety of their tomatoes.
Persian Cucumbers
Persian Cucumbers
Persian cucumbers are slender, crisp, and sweet, considered by many to be the tastiest variety of the fruit.
Cranberry Beans
Cranberry Beans
Pretty speckled-pink beans.
Chiles
Chiles
Rossman's carries a variety of hot peppers, such as these birds-eye chiles and habeneros.
Cardoons
Cardoons
Ever seen a cardoon before? I hadn't before visiting Rossman's. They look like celery but are relatives of the artichoke, and are typically eaten braised. Another fun cardoon fact: they contain enzymes which can be used to make vegetarian rennet, used in the cheese-making.
Tangerines
Tangerines
Beautiful fresh citrus.
Pomegranates
Pomegranates
A fall favorite and another fruit beloved in the Mediterranean.
Walk-In Fridge
Walk-In Fridge
One of the keys to Rossman's rock-bottom prices is its ability to store everything it sells on site. This entire room is a walk-in refrigerator used for storing vegetables.
This is, Too
This is, Too
And here, in another refrigerated room, many bushels of onions.
Outside Bargains
Outside Bargains
Rossman's displays its bargains of the week in giant bins outside the store. Here, a post-Thanksgiving price slash on butternut squash.