I used to eat at the Soup Plantation once in a while in Marina del Rey. I wasn't as gung ho about it as you, but I don't remember why. But I'll try it here.
On Sunflower, I like it for two things, the olive oil gallon, and the paisano bread, and the occasional la brea bakery loaf, but I can get that elsewhere. Also coffee - their eco coffee 2 lb bags are the least expensive I've seen, and their non-eco coffee is well priced. Still, my key interest is the oil.
Re produce, before you give up, check the Pro Ranch market at Atrisco and Central, which you get to not
by driving on Atrisco near us but by taking Central to the east from Coors.
Good re the car news.