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Nov 11, 2007 03:29 AM

Where can I buy farro?

Anyone know where I can buy farro?

Bedford cheese shop (in Wmsburg) has it from time to time, but they charge something like $10/lb -- which I have a hard time paying for humble farro.

I've looked at Trader Joe's but never found it there.

Any suggestions of a good, economical place to buy farro? I live in Wmsburg and work near Union Square -- so that axis of neighborhoods or nearby would be ideal.

Thx for any suggestions.

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  1. Kalyustan's carries it, but I think their price is about the same. It's not much less at Fairway either.

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    1. re: JoanN

      DiPalo's on Grand St near Elizabeth, I think it is, probably has among the lower prices you'll find at least without going out to Bensonhurst (and I won't swear it's any cheaper out there.) Problem is, there's nothing at all humble about specialty items marketed to niche markets and it's not used as a staple grain anywhere, not anymore anyway - other things aside, it's much less productive than "modern" wheat varieties.

      If you're willing to use spelt which is similar though many say not as good, that's much more common and much cheaper. I don't think I've ever seen "bulk farro," but bulk spelt at Fairway is fairly cheap (< $2 lb, IIRC) but even pre-packaged at Whole Foods, I'm sure it's much cheaper than "farro."

      1. re: JoanN

        I bought a 17.6 ounce bag for $4.99 last week at Fairway.

        1. re: akk

          Please, oh please, tell me where. Was just there yesterday and couldn't find it any at any price.

          1. re: JoanN

            I didn't buy any but did notice it near the prepackaged "specialty" rices and grains, maybe in the same aisle as the French et al mustard, or the next one back? Or you could always ask the one person in the store at any given time who actually knows where things are, assuming you can find him or her and they stand still long enough to ask. (rofl)

            1. re: MikeG

              Bought some yday @ the Red Hook F'way. $4.99/lb, per the above. Roland brand. In the specialty Italian section. The person I asked radioed someone who showed up and took me right to the spot.

      2. Buon Italia in Chelsea Market has farro as well as an interesting assortment of beans and lentils.

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        1. re: Dogstar

          Yes, I was going to say Buon Italia. They definitely have farro as well as all kinds of cool stuff. I love that store!

          1. re: Dogstar

            Buon Italia is a great resource, but "a good, economical place to buy farro" it ain't. Not all of their prices are high, but economical isn't the word that comes to mind, in general...

            1. re: MikeG

              Did you try Sahadi? I haven't been there in a while but they seemed to have a great variety of grains, many in bins. I have gotten farro in Fairway (Harlem) but also in Whole Foods. If you can't find it anywhere barley makes a good sub.

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