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Snapshot: JB Fruits Natural Food - East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

JB Fruits Natural Food Owner: Chee Hun Cho Opened: 2017 Cooperative: none Location: 880 Utica Ave, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 This sharp-looking greengrocer is located at the corner of Utica and Church Avenues in what amounts to the main intersection of East Flatbush. There's certainly quite a selection out there in front of the store! We're just three doors north of the New Best Utica Market that we saw yesterday. While at about 2500 square feet, JB Fruits Natural Food is smaller than New Best Utica, it also looks newer and better organized. While this store doesn't sell fish as New Best Utica does, it does have flowers and organic produce. Next we'll be heading west on Church Avenue from this store to return to the central Flatbush area, and making quite a few stops along the way!

Snapshot: New Best Utica Market - East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

New Best Utica Market Owner: Hee Dong Ko Opened: 2017 Cooperative: none Location: 890 Utica Ave, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 This store is deceptively large, being only 40' wide but 120' long. It's a 24-hour grocery store with produce, grocery, beer, and seafood. Meanwhile, it's just three doors south of another greengrocer and food store which we'll see tomorrow! Here we can see more context for this area, which as you can see has more pedestrians than the area near Chef's Choice. The green awning down at the corner is our next stop.

Snapshot: Chef's Choice Cash & Carry - East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Chef's Choice Cash & Carry Owner: Pasquale Russo Opened: 1987 Cooperative: none Location: 1051 Utica Ave, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 Today's snapshot is just up the street (two blocks) from yesterday's Green Acre Farms. It seems to be another warehouse style food store, but this one looks like it's specially designed as a restaurant supply store. There's a parking lot just north of the store, and the whole operation looks more like a wholesaler than a retail store to the public (although Chef's Choice is open to the public). You can also see here what I mean about Utica not being the most pleasant to walk on. As we get to the north, closer to Church Avenue (this time on the far east end of Flatbush), we'll see more walkable neighborhoods.

Look Inside: Green Acre Farms - East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Green Acre Farms Owner: Shri Persaud Opened: 1992 Cooperative: Key Food and Retail Grocers Group Location: 1160 Utica Ave, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 Today we're taking a quick look inside this warehouse-style Caribbean supermarket on Utica Avenue, a major and (for what it's worth) very unpleasant to walk on thoroughfare through East Flatbush. Unlike Flatbush, Nostrand, or Church Avenues, Utica is primarily designed for drivers, while the others also have pedestrian-centered businesses lining both sides (and, therefore, few parking lots and so on). There are a few things that puzzle me about this approximately 8,000 square foot store. The first was taped to the front door -- a standard no photography sign which went on to elaborate that "all requests for photography must be made in writing to Key Food Stores Co-Operative, Inc., 1200 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY." Quite odd given that this store is not a Key Food affiliate and, according to my r…

Snapshot: C&C Fruit & Vegetables - East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

C&C Fruit & Vegetables Owner: unknown Opened: unknown Cooperative: none Location: 4206 Ave D, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 This small greengrocer shop is located on Avenue D, which is a minor business strip through East Flatbush. This neighborhood is much more residential than the other parts of Flatbush we've seen, and much slower-paced. Avenue D is a pleasant two lane tree-lined street with mostly small businesses lining both sides, though there are some larger businesses such as the CTown directly across the street from C&C we're going to see tomorrow.

Look Inside: The Meat Place - Flatbush South, Brooklyn, NY

The Meat Place Owner: Anthony Marchese Opened: 2000 Cooperative: Krasdale Location: 1891 Nostrand Ave, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY Photographed: May 2019 This quirky 4,000 square foot store is serious about what they do: meat. This is one of two Meat Place locations, the other one being farther up Nostrand Ave (which we'll see later). It's between the KP Farm Market and a Key Food we'll see tomorrow. Much like Green Village, meats run along the left wall, with butcher and deli on the back wall (Green Village does not have a deli). Dairy/frozen runs along the right wall, with grocery aisles in the center. The store is definitely a spacious 4,000 square feet. Notice that the signs are exactly the same as the CTown we saw on Hillside Ave in Jamaica. Four registers, and as many grocery aisles. Tomorrow, head over to The Market Report to see the Key Food immediately next door!