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In Search Of Ground/Dried Spices in CT

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Are there any stores where I can buy a wide variety of freshly ground/dried spices in Connecticut? The grocery stores are so expensive, and I'm sure that the usual brands in the grocery are not that fresh anyway. I can't find things like Tumeric, Chipote flakes, Cumin (whole) seeds, etc. at the grocery store anyway. I'm trying to avoid having to purchase them over the internet.

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  1. Penzey's down on route 1 in Norwalk , not far from Stew Leonards but on the other side of the road. www.penzeys.com. Not fresh but their selections are excellent. Richie

    1. Fromage in Old Saybrook has a good selection of whole and dried spices, though you might want to call ahead to see how often they grind them. I read somewhere that even spice wholesalers only get fresh supplies every so often, so whatever you buy is likely to be at least a few months old, no matter what.

      1. The Spice Mill in Manchester sells mostly to businesses and restaurants and to consumers online, but I believe they also operate a small retail store. They're on Sheldon Rd. I'd call ahead to make sure they have what you want and to check the store hours. Here's a link: http://www.espicemill.com/

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        1. re: moskey

          Moskey, thank you so much for recommending The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT! I completely forgot about them, even though I drive by there all the time on my way to the Manchester post office! I live in Vernon, so I'd prefer somewhere nearby, and The Spice Mill is close. I'll have to go there sometime next week, and I'll let you know what I think.

        2. I have not been to this place yet but I read about it in a magazine. I am very anxious to go. Their web is <www.fallsbrookorganic.com> They are in Lyme, CT.

          1. Most Indian grocery stores sell those both whole and ground, and far less expensive than the standard supermarkets.

            1. Edge of the Woods in New Haven has a good selection of bulk spices that are pretty fresh--I got some ground cardamom there once that made my car smell wonderful for days.

              1. you can find a good number of those for cheap at a dong asian super market in west hartford.

                1. I second Penzey's, absolutely love them. Also like Nature's Way, a health food store on Route 1 in Stratford. They have a pretty good selection of spices, herbs, and stuff like thistle - not sure where that one falls on the spectrum.

                  1. @ctflowers -- Where in CT are you and how far are you willing to go?

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                    1. re: tripster

                      Tripster, I'm in Vernon, CT....so, all of the mention of places in Norwalk, Stratford, etc. are really much too far for me to drive. Sorry I forgot to mention in my original post the area of CT in which I live.

                    2. If you're in New Haven, C-Town grocery store in Fair Haven actually has a really wide selection of spices, both whole and ground. I've found cumin seed at both Stop & Shop and Shaw's recently, but for the money, C-Town is your best bet. They cater to a predominantly Latin neighborhood, so you'll find all kinds of dried chilies and other herbs and spices, too - espazote, avocado leaves, annatto seed, the list goes on. And the best part is, you'll pay a lot less at C-Town than at Stop & Shop or Shaw's.

                      1. You'll find an Indian Spice Market on Fairfield Ave in Bridgeport- Black Rock Section- Next to a Billiard supply store. They have a good selection of exotic spices. In Norwalk on Connecticut Ave there's an/ Indian/Asian spice store. Good selection of other sundries as well. In Milford: Hong Kong Market 1055 Boston Post Rd, Spices, prepared condiments about as good as it gets outside of Chinatown NY (including whole fish, pork belly, and other "exotic" meats- They're Red Snapper's to die for!

                        1. There's a large section of spices in bulk-great prices, including bulk organic spices at the food coop in Willimantic- look it up under willifoodcoop!

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                          1. re: isabella_la_bella

                            Penzey's is opening soon on LaSalle road in West Hartford!

                            1. re: Bramble

                              I heard about Penzeys new store opening in West Hartford. It's supposed to open in March.

                          2. Penzey's in Norwalk on Rt. 1/Westport Ave

                            1. I second the Willimantic Food Co-Op as a resource. They have a tremendous selection of all things bulk including spices, teas, legumes, rice, granolas, etc. Also a great resource for bulk honey, maple syrup, and olive oil.

                              1. i buy all my spices and suchlike mail order from the Spice House. http://www.thespicehouse.com/. this is a shop in Chicago that packages, grinds, mixes, etc. all of their own spices and mixes. since they handle a lot of volume their stuff is always fresh and good. My experience buying bulk from food coops hasn't been so reliable. I like the web site, which has a great deal of information on what they sell. i have used this place for years and they have never let me down.

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                                1. re: lightsteve

                                  Friends of mine brought me back some spices from this place in Chicago, they loved it there and the spices they gave me are very nice! Thanks for the email address, I put it in my favorites.

                                2. I've gone to The Spice Mill and found their prices to be pretty good plus they do have stuff you don't see often at the supermarket.