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applem Sep 15, 2008 06:41 PM

i'm planning and end-of-season fruit themed party for a large group and am wondering if you have any leads for fruit purveyors who carry rare and unusual fruit in nyc.

i intend to check out c-town, manhattan fruit exchange, and fairway/garden of eden/balducci's/amish/other gourmet stores for their selection.

i am hoping to have the most gorgeous spread of fresh and dried fruit (and some creative preparations) possible for this late date in the summer fruit season.

i am also planning a pretty party favor which involves gooseberries. i've been buying multi-colored ones, the really special dessert ones wrapped in paper skins, from varoius farmer's markets. are they still around?

thanks for your help -- i want this to be really special.

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    kathryn RE: applem Sep 15, 2008 06:54 PM

    I would try Fantasy Fruit Farms, Union Square Greenmarket and other Greenmarkets around town.

    There's a schedule on their site, not sure how up to date it is.


    I saw them a few weeks ago, not sure if they still have gooseberries available. Perhaps give them a call?

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      MMRuth RE: kathryn Sep 16, 2008 06:08 AM

      I've found that Eli's has the best selection of fruit, but is very expensive. Garden of Eden usually has a good selection. I believe I've seen gooseberries at Citarella, but haven't been recently.

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        MMRuth RE: kathryn Sep 21, 2008 06:41 AM

        I saw them at USQ yesterday.

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        west79chiro RE: applem Sep 16, 2008 06:58 AM

        I found gooseberries earlier in the summer at a small farmers market at 106th and Central Park West on a Saturday morning.

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