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Mar 31, 2009 11:07 AM

Looking for mail order Fiddleheads!



I used to order from a small grocer in New York and they're gone out of business. I don't want to miss the season and can't find them locally.

thanks for your help!

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  1. Not sure where you can get fresh harvest, but you can get dried or water packed from

    or dried from koamart

    1. Kater, the grocer you're talking about isn't Manhattan Fruit Exchange, is it? I've bought mine there and at the Union Square Greenmarket in the past.

      Also, where is local for you? Fiddleheads are pretty perishable and it would be best to find something as close to you as possible, even if you do have to ship.


      I just did a quick Google search for "fiddlehead ferns sale" and found this from last year:

      Thursday, April 17, 2008
      Fiddlehead Ferns for Sale
      We sell Fiddleheads. Call 617-389-8090 and ask for Jim Ruma at Ruma Fruit & Produce. We are located just north of Boston, MA and we deliver Fiddleheads throughout the continental USA.

      Ruma Fruit & Produce Co, Inc.
      210 Beacham St
      Everett, MA 02149
      Office: 617-389-8090
      Fax: 617-387-7894

      Could be worth calling them about this year's availability.

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      1. re: cimui

        Thank you so much. I am in sururban Philadelphia and was ordering them from Marche Aux Delices in NY. I go to a few local produce farms as well as a couple of nice green grocers here but none of them have them.

        Thank you so much for the tip, I contacted Ruma but the owner was not in. They're geared toward selling in quantity to the trade but the woman who answered thought it was worthwhile to speak with the owner directly about mail order. I'll be calling back tomorrow!

        1. re: Kater

          hi kater, i called the manhattan fruit exchange to ask about availability and mail order shipments of fiddlehead ferns. (the guy on the line was hilarious and thought i'd asked him whether he had any friends he could ship. ;) they haven't gotten any for the season, yet, but expect to later in April. and although they don't usually ship fiddleheads (just fruit-filled gift baskets), he offered to ask his manager for me tomorrow. so just in case the Ruma lead and trouttr's suggestion don't work out for you, you might want to check the MFE. hope you get your fix!

          1. re: Kater

            Did you try the Ardmore Farmer's market next to Trader Joe's (in Suburban Philly)? Last year I saw some at Grand Central Station at one of the produce stands but they were outrageously expensive. We also got them one year at Stop N Shop in Yonkers.

            I too am looking in the New York/Westchester County area. We've tried stop n shop and the Bronxville farmer's market, but no luck. The season has been pretty bad for everything (according to the farmers) because of the cold spring weather

        2. I've always had good luck with Earth Delights ( for all products but especially for fiddleheads, morels and ramps in the spring. I highly recommend them.

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