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Oct 19, 2004 02:39 PM

where to buy/order Farro?

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I fell in love with the cold farro salad at Tempo, a new restaurant in Brooklyn. Ever since then, I've been trying to find farro so I can make it at home, and I've been unsuccessful-- I've even tried Trader Joe's, a huge Waldbaum's upstate and my local food co-op. which has a lot of grains and bulk foods.

I know it's also known as whole spelt, and have been looking for that as well.

I'm also looking for good farro/spelt recipes...

Does anyone know where I can find farro, either online or in the New York City area?

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  1. You should be able to buy Farro from a really good Italian Deli. We have an A&S here in westchester that sells it. Gourmet specialty stores, Gourmet Garage in the city, Dean & Deluca.
    I make risotto with it and Farro soup with a ham hock(like regular bean soup) You can just boil it til soft and add butter and cheese as a side dish. However, I'm with you I love farro salad and make it all the time in the summer. Kind of like tabouli with cherry tomatoes/cukes/parsley dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. Hope this helps.

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    1. re: Doreen

      yes- most good italian deli's have it- theres lots of A & S fine foods- italian delis around-they also have it-

      my fave way is with lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, and basil- great tastes

    2. Easily available online if you Google it.

      This price is better than Kalustyan's:,...

      1. Coluccio has it (60th St Bklyn) as well as the umbrian lentils somebody was looking for last week.
        I am sure Kalyustan carries farro too - likely even Sahadi's.

        1. Out in California, whole foods carries it.
          You might want to try something resembling a "hippie" store or co-op or someplace touting natural foods, vegan etc. It will be half of what a trendy Italian boutique will charge for spelt.

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          1. re: Jerome

            Yeah, I was surprised that my co-op--which is as "hippie" as you can get--did not carry it in the bulk aisle (although they have spelt flour, etc).

            1. re: JessicaSophia

              Why not try asking them to order some (this is the PS food coop, right?)

              1. re: jen kalb

                That's a good idea... I actually just learned that they take suggestions for what to stock. (Also on my list is meringue cookies, which I'm surprised they don't carry)

            2. re: Jerome

              Yup! I get it at WF in Los Angeles. It's in the pasta aisle not with the grains.

            3. I usually find farro at Eli's on 3rdAve. and 80th

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              1. re: chazgee

                hi chazgee - had a similar love-at-first-bite experience with tempo's farro and was able to find the elusive little grain in the neighborhood. well, maybe. we can't remember whether we got it at union st. market or fairway in redhook. but it can be found within a few-mile radius.