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Jul 9, 2006 08:32 PM

Bonne Maman Rhubarbe for cheap?

When I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, I had a little time to kill before catching a train and decided to poke around in a little convenience/grocery store down the street from the Gare du Nord. I was shocked by how cheap some of their jams were and couldn't resist picking up a jar of Bonne Maman rhubarb jam (as well as a peel-top can of Clement Faugier crème de marrons). I've seen both these at my local Whole Foods for relatively major money (something like $8 and $12 respectively). At this little store in Paris, the jam was 1.25 euros and the spread not much more.

Anyway, now I'm hopelessly addicted to downing Bonne Maman Rhubarbe with fresh ricotta, but my reserves are dwindling fast! The combo is so sweet-creamy, slightly-chewy...I simply must have more! Can anyone help me feed my dependency on the cheap in the Boston area? If necessary, I suppose I'll have to shell out at Whole Foods, but I'm pretty sure my local small WF doesn't even have the rhubarb flavor (maybe they have it at bigger WFs?) Any report of rhubarb-flavor sightings (be they cheap or, I guess, pricey) would be much appreciated.

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  1. You could try Russo's in Watertown. They carry the brand but I don't know about rhubarb.

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    1. re: PennyC

      Could it be that they stopped carrying it? I hunted all over for it on my own (the layout of packaged goods there is frustratingly random) and couldn't find any Bonne Maman products. When I asked an employee, she said they don't carry the line. If you've seen it recently, whereabouts in the store was it?

      1. re: peelmeagrape

        I think I saw it near the registers under the nearest produce counters. There is a lot of Stonewall and a few other brands. If you turn your back to the registers and scan below those counters facing you, you should see all the jams and jellies.

    2. I go to Pemberton Farms in N. Cambridge pretty often. They have a bewildering array of preserves, including Bonne Maman - I'll check for Rhubarb the next time I'm there.

      1. Christmas Tree shops often have Bonne Maman in stock. Trappist Preserves also has a strawberry rhubarb jam.

        1. Thanks for the ideas, everyone. I guess I'll get on the phone to these places.

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          1. re: peelmeagrape

            I checked Pemberton Farms. I didn't see Rhubarb on the Bonne Maman shelf (fifteen or twenty other kinds, though). They did have "Mother's" Blubarb preserves, if that helps.

            Maybe you can find a website selling the Rhubarb flavor?

          2. I checked Dairy Fresh in the North End today and they don't even carry the brand anymore. I thinkt they have opted for a deeper line of Stonewall Kitchen.