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Red Fife Flour in Toronto?

mbe May 11, 2008 03:06 PM

Does anyone know where you can buy red fife flour in the GTA? .. somewhere closer than Peterborough :)

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  1. jayt90 RE: mbe May 12, 2008 06:40 AM

    There is no obvious source, although JK is using it, and other chefs or bakers may have it. You could try asking the custom millers, www.arvaflourmills.com Grain Process Enterprises (red fife whole wheat is listed, and they have a retail outlet): http://www.cor.ca/en/21281 or Brant Flours, Scotland, Ont.

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      foodie_expat RE: jayt90 May 12, 2008 10:20 AM

      You can get it in Guelph, at Ouderkirk and Taylor, downtown.

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        merlot143 RE: jayt90 May 12, 2008 10:39 AM

        St. John's Bakery sells red fife sourdough bread, so it must have a local source for it. Maybe you might be even able to buy some off them. They're located on Broadview, near Queen.

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          jayt90 RE: jayt90 Dec 20, 2008 04:48 AM

          Arva Flour Mills (London, Ont.) has taken down their website, so they are no longer a
          reliable source of specialty flours.

          Has anyone in the London area confirmed this?

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          dogs RE: mbe May 12, 2008 02:29 PM

          Tyrone Mills, just north of Bowmanville sells it

          1. Full tummy RE: mbe Jul 14, 2008 07:31 AM

            Culinarium on Mt. Pleasant, just south of Eglinton, sells it.

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              merlot143 RE: mbe Jul 14, 2008 08:12 AM

              Dufferin Grove market has it under the label Merryland Organics. It's locally made. There's an article about the producer in July's Toronto Life.

              1. Recyclor RE: mbe Jul 14, 2008 08:38 AM

                They were represented at the Gladstone last Wednesday (Harvest Wednesday event), had some fresh bread there to try even, I would expect them to be at the other events too...

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                  cheesymama RE: mbe Jul 14, 2008 02:03 PM

                  I saw it at the Withrow Park farmer's market a few weeks ago. It was a t the vendor beside the info booth.

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                    stayathomesommelier RE: mbe Aug 18, 2008 01:28 PM

                    just bought a big bag (3.3lbs) for $6.50 At Culinarium on Mt Pleasant.

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                      EarlyDrive RE: stayathomesommelier Aug 18, 2008 01:40 PM

                      St. John's Bakery has a stall at the brickworks farmers' market. Last weekend, I saw a bag of it placed with some of the bread. I'm not sure whether they were selling the flour or just advertising that they use it to make their bread, but there it be.

                    2. gregclow RE: mbe Aug 18, 2008 06:39 PM

                      They sell it at Multiple Organics (1545 Dundas Street West, a block west of Dufferin). It's a nice little neighbourhood organic/local grocery store.

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                        wswalker RE: mbe Nov 12, 2008 05:12 AM

                        If you're still interested, you can buy a 2.5 kg bag (5.5 lbs) at St. John's Bakery for $7.50. It's also used in most of their breads.

                        1. gregclow RE: mbe Nov 12, 2008 05:46 AM

                          Rube's Rice in the basement of St. Lawrence Mkt (south building) started selling Red Fife Flour in bulk a few weeks ago. I don't remember the exact price, but it was cheaper than any other place I've seen it.

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                            Dean Tudor RE: gregclow Jun 10, 2009 05:49 PM

                            Rube has it for $2 a pound...it is organic, whole grain, and listed as "Product of Canada"

                            I'm seriously looking for Red Fife grains so my wife can mill her own, on demand.

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                            JR1332 RE: mbe Dec 18, 2008 02:56 PM

                            Regarding a locale in Toronto to obtain Red Fife Flour.

                            On Wednesday December 17, 2008 CBC radio had a discourse with the subject line Red Fife flour and the locales in Toronto where this product may be obtained.

                            to obtain the stores that carry this product:

                            www.cbc.ca/ hereandnow toronto


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                              Westwardho RE: mbe Dec 19, 2008 09:54 PM

                              Grain Process Enterprises Ltd -115 Commander Blvd. Scarborough
                              Phone 416-291-3226 - It is off of McCowan north of Sheppard but minumum 10kg bags and I would call in advance to make sure it is in stock - they run out some times

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                                Dean Tudor RE: Westwardho Jun 10, 2009 05:52 PM

                                10Kg goes really fast...You can order any Grain Process stuff form most bulk stores, for delivery. Strictly Bulk (three stores in Toronto) will order it for you, at ridiculously low prices. We had ordered kamut flour in 10Kg bags for something like $17 last year.

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                                DishyDiva RE: mbe Jun 10, 2009 05:05 PM

                                I was delighted to discover that Red Fife flour is now sold at Bulk Barn (the one at Leslie and Lakeshore, anyway). Even better, it's organic! I can't wait to make my loaf of bread with it tomorrow!

                                Just thought I'd share the info...

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                                  lilaki RE: DishyDiva Jun 24, 2009 05:51 AM

                                  the bulk barn @ weston/401 had it last night ... organic too.

                                  i'm curious -- how do you use it? specifically in recipes calling for red fife flour? or can it be substituted?

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                                    jayt90 RE: lilaki Jun 24, 2009 06:03 AM

                                    Breads biscuits, and pasta, according to Sheryl Crow


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                                      millygirl RE: jayt90 Oct 13, 2009 06:12 PM

                                      LOL....so Im thinking wow, Sheryl Crow singing about red fife flour!!
                                      You mean Sheryl Kirby :)

                                2. jo_jo_ba RE: mbe Jun 20, 2009 08:30 PM

                                  Second the Bulk Barn one now... just made 2 batches of bagels with it!

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                                    my0hmy RE: mbe Jul 1, 2010 07:17 PM

                                    If you consider two hours away worth the drive to call it "close", head on over to Organic Garage - 579 Kerr St. Oakville - http://www.organicgarage.ca/

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                                      lilaki RE: mbe Jul 14, 2010 09:10 AM

                                      FWIW, i noticed a loaf of weston red fife bread at the 427/burnhamthorpe loblaws on monday night. i bought one ... don't remember the price. wonder if it's a new product?

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                                        Full tummy RE: lilaki Jul 14, 2010 06:14 PM

                                        Was it only red fife, or did it have regular all purpose flour and some red fife? How was it?

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                                          jayt90 RE: Full tummy Jul 14, 2010 07:36 PM

                                          Weston's buying power trumps all the small entrepreneurs who re-introduced this 1920 vintage flour.
                                          It's always that way. A window of two or three years before the big corporations try their luck. And they will often dumb down the product, although I haven't tried their Red Fife, but saw it in Loblaws. These things are always worth trying but may be disappointing.

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                                            Full tummy RE: jayt90 Jul 14, 2010 07:54 PM

                                            I'd love to see some good red fife loaves. It has a wonderful nutty flavour. I will look for it next time I'm in a Loblaws. I hope it isn't dumbed down, but if it is, someone's bound to come along eventually and do it right.

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                                            lilaki RE: Full tummy Jul 16, 2010 06:09 PM

                                            ingredients as listed on the bag:
                                            organic whole wheat flour, water, sourdough (enriched wheat flour, water, yeast), wheat gluten, fermented rye flour, honey, salt, yeast, malt powder (malt, corn grits), soy lecithin, enzymes. may contain: sesame seeds, milk.

                                            i quite liked the taste ... i'm not a huge bread fan but of the few slices i did eat, i enjoyed it. i'll buy it again.

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                                              Full tummy RE: lilaki Jul 16, 2010 06:10 PM

                                              Thanks for the info. I will see if I can find one at the Loblaws near me.

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                                                pastina RE: Full tummy Jul 16, 2010 06:21 PM

                                                I bought CIPM's Red Fife recently at Grain, Curd and Bean, 1414 Dundas West. I've also seen it at the market at Wychwood Barns.

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                                          GregClark RE: mbe Jan 12, 2014 11:24 AM

                                          I purchase organics from Merrylynd Organics in Peterborough on a regular basis and live in Toronto.

                                          More than happy to pick up on my way through.

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