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Rhubarb at farmer's markets?

I've never seen rhubarb at the farmer's markets -- does anyone know if it's available at the Wed. SM or Sun. Hollywood markets? Or Irvine, though I doubt it.

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  1. I've never seen it at the Hollywood Market. I'm not sure they grow it in So. California. I think it needs a cool/cold climate.

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    1. re: Slackerchick

      that is a weird one. i've never seen it at farmers markets, either. but it can't be climactic--my next door neighbor grows it.

    2. Haven't seen it at farmer's markets, but I did see it once at Whole Foods. My aunt used to grow it back East and I remember it being around June when it started to be available. I would think Whole Foods would be able to tell you if it's seasonal and if there's a local supplier.

      1. I saw some at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market this past weekend so it's out there...not sure if the same stand goes to the Hollywood market or not.

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        1. re: iLoveFood

          I've bought it at the Santa Monica Saturday market a few times, at the west end, buy the flowers and citrus samples. I've found it not as tangy as I'm used to from home-grown stuff in the midwest, so I cut way back on the sugar suggested in rhubarb pie recipes.

        2. Not in your area, but the herb lady at Pasadena High School's Saturday morning FM has it when it is in season. I looked 2 weeks ago and did not see it, but recall seeing it a few months ago. I will check tomorrow and ask her since I want to make some jam!

          1. I see it at odd times of the year at the Studio City market -- I saw some in September and was totally puzzled. It's carried by one of the avocado vendors.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I always see it at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market--that being said I get there at 8am and most of the chefs buy it up. If you get there late (late being 9am!) it's gone. Definatly check with the citrus farmers--usually the ones that also carry juice seem to have rhubarb. And I would ask different farmers if they have it--if they're out they'll write your name down and save you some the next week. :)

            2. The Hollywood market it has it for a short season. A woman with long blondish dreads sells it (same person with the big birds of paradise and avocados). Not so much a stand as a crate.

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              1. re: JudiAU

                So when's the season? I know the lady at Hollywood you're talking about, and now that you said that, I remember one time she had a sign for rhubarb, but she was sold out.

                That said, if you really want some, the Mayfair Market (Gelson's) on Franklin always has it.

                1. re: Slackerchick

                  Hey, they got it at Ralph's right now. Cant imagine it makes much difference.

              2. I just bought some last Wednesday at the SM Farmer's Market at 8:30 a.m. The vendor selling it was closest to the 4th St. Wells Fargo ATM on the north side of the street. They did indeed sell out of it almost immediately.

                1. While not the farmer's market, Albertson's in Irvine has it (Culver and Irvine Blvd).

                  1. I saw rhubarb at the Irvine farmer's market this past Saturday at one of the stands

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                    1. re: crystaw

                      I've been on a quest for rhubarb myself the last few weeks - haven't made it early to the markets so must be why I've missed it. I got some from the Gelsons on Hyperion to make pie, but I didn't feel right about it! $5 for limp grocery store rhubarb does not mix with my midwestern roots. That being said, as soon as I sliced it up it didn't matter where it came from - my pie was wonderful... I can't wait to go make another :-)