We are 4 kiwis that have been back in New Zealand for 19 days and for groceries we highly recommend Henry's Farmers Market, in Orangethorpe. When we arrived we got in late afternoon so took a taxi to Vons to stock up. (The taxi alone cost $20 USD return). Several days later we stumbled upon Henry's - well what a find!!
Reading everyone's experience about the yellow taxis confirms what we were warned about! Although the front desk didn't advocate 'local' transport, we found the bus driver's on the OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) bus routes extremely courteous and friendly. (See route 43 on attached map) http://www.octa.net/schedules_maps.aspx
Henry's Market http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry's_Farmers_Markets is situated at [b]1447 S. Harbor Blvd.[/b] Full. 92831 (at Orangethorpe), 714-441-1233, a 10 minute local bus ride (Bus No. 43 - $2.50 per person. return) was a pleasant surprise. As well as a lot of organic food at reasonable prices, there is a LOT of fresh fruit packaged in practical portions, bottled water (much cheaper than the vending machines) and a great bakery. Basically this place was heaven on earth, much better than Vons (or Albertsons.)
Just make sure if you are going by bus do it during the day and make sure that you have enough hands on deck to carry all your groceries and your water! We wished that someone had told us about Henry's before we left!