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gilliano Sep 19, 2006 05:06 PM

Just wondering what the word is on Barbara Lynch's new
store - Plum Produce - has anyone been yet? I haven't had my fill of heirloom tomatoes yet and was wondering if I would have to take out a motgage to get them there?

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    twentyoystahs RE: gilliano Sep 19, 2006 05:54 PM

    I peeked in the window the other night. It's tiny but they had lots of stuff. I remember pints of blueberries and raspberries for $6. Seems a little pricey for me, but not surprising, given both the space and the fact that it's a Barbara Lynch venture. I guess worth the extra bucks if you live in the south end and need hard to find, quality ingredients in a pinch.

    1. yumyum RE: gilliano Sep 19, 2006 05:59 PM

      I peered in the window last night. I was afraid to go into the space for fear I'd laugh right out loud at the preposterous prices. $.25 for a single tomatillo the size of a marble? $.40 each for scallions? Mesclun mix (not even great looking, although it was the end of the day) for $10/lb

      I realize there's not much else in the neighborhood but at those prices I'd want the vegetables to perform special dance routines in fancy dress before I ate them.

      Ok, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but not much.

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        Joanie RE: yumyum Sep 20, 2006 12:40 PM

        $.40 for a bunch of scallions isn't bad is it? Ha ha, it is a bunch and not one scallion right? I usually see them for 2, 3 or 4 for a $1 at Haymarket, so 40 cents seems pretty good for this place.

        I'm sure this is probably the only time I'll defend their prices.

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          yumyum RE: Joanie Sep 20, 2006 01:49 PM

          Joanie. It's $.40 for ONE scallion. I rest my case counsellor.

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            Joanie RE: yumyum Sep 20, 2006 02:06 PM

            And here I thought I was joking when I asked it was a bunch vs. one scallion. Wow.

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              LindaWhit RE: yumyum Sep 20, 2006 05:10 PM

              OK, now that's just laughable, adn I'd probably do that if I ever ventured into the place to buy something? Can a place like that survive, even in the South End?

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          twentyoystahs RE: gilliano Sep 19, 2006 06:02 PM

          Ha, two "window-peerers"...bet we're not the only ones. The space is so small it's kinda tough to go in and "browse..."

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            gilliano RE: gilliano Sep 19, 2006 06:43 PM

            Thanks - think that I will just move on from tomatoes and settle for more affordable sweet potatoes and rhutabagas - after all that will be eating "in season" anyways.

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              twentyoystahs RE: gilliano Sep 19, 2006 06:57 PM

              Well, I DO remember seeing heirloom tomatoes, I'm sure they weren't bargain basement prices but I bet they're good.

              1. bitsubeats RE: gilliano Sep 20, 2006 05:52 PM

                who the hell buys just one scallion?

                $0.40 is a rip off

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                  fondue RE: gilliano Sep 21, 2006 12:16 AM

                  I've been 2x in the last two days. Wonderful heirlooms at 4#. Sorry, but not a bad price at all. Yesterday they had figs at $.35/each and yummy looking cantaloupes @ $5 each though today, oddly, they were $2.50#. Also got delicious HUGE heirloom apples. I'm not a scallion buyer, but it doesn't seem like a horrible idea to buy things by the stalk versus a package that might not get used. The confitures are addictive and although expensive at $10/(small) jar, definitely worth the splurge.

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                    hawkeye RE: gilliano Sep 22, 2006 05:47 PM

                    Been two more times since I came home and posted this pontification:
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                    I've yet to be dissuaded, although the confitures "fondue" references may be highly responsible...

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