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Where can I buy the grain spelt?

Romana Aug 8, 2007 09:16 AM

I would like to buy spelt in grain format. I want to make a salad with it along with rucola, pachino tomatoes and baby mozzarella. I had it in Italy and I love it and it is called 'farro' in Italian. I have only found it in flour format and have checked the various Italian grocery stores (Longos, Fortinos, Grande Cheese, Weston Produce) along with Sobeys, Loblaws, etc. I know St. Lawrence Market most likely has it but that is an inconvenient location for me. Any other suggestions from my fellow Chowhounds?

Thanks in advance!

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    SylviaB Aug 6, 2010 02:19 PM

    Yes, it's much more difficult to find it in berry/grain form. There's an organic grower that sells it in 5 & 10lb bags (or by the tonne) near Schomberg (approx 30 min N of Toronto)

    Their website is http://www.millsmills.ca

    1. xtal Aug 8, 2007 03:45 PM

      Is Kensington any more convenient to your location? Because I know it's available there, from a variety of purveyors.

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        Romana Aug 8, 2007 05:34 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. Does anyone know a place in Vaughan?

        1. re: Romana
          edibleTO Aug 8, 2007 08:27 PM

          San Antonio Fish Market in Woodbridge (120 CARLAUREN RD/Highway 7 and Jane) has farro, along with other Italian groceries and one of the best fish counters in the GTA.

          1. re: Romana
            Nyleve Aug 9, 2007 07:48 AM

            I've gotten farro - and seen it recently, in fact - at Seafood Depot, off Weston Rd. north of Steeles. It comes in a vacuum packed box and you'll find it near the risotto rices.

            1. re: Nyleve
              Romana Aug 9, 2007 10:51 AM

              Thanks everyone for their great suggestions. I bought farro at Seafood Depot yesterday. I love that place! I don't know why I didn't look there first since I went to every other grocery/food store in Woodbridge last weekend.

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          itryalot Aug 8, 2007 03:08 PM

          I don't know if it is spelt, but I did buy some farro at Centro's and at Diana's both on St. Clair. Excellent quality too. You can call either or both and ask them.

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            tartiflette Aug 8, 2007 09:23 AM

            Looks like you might have some luck in the bulk department of the Big Carrot:

            In fact, just about any larger health food store should carry spelt grains.

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