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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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    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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      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.

      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?

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            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.

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              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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            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

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