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May 7, 2009 07:40 AM

looking for Ontario Fiddleheads

Are they out yet? Does St. Lawrence Market have them? I am hoping to make a run to the north market this weekend.

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  1. I haven't seen them yet
    I wanna forage for them! Haven't done that since I was a youngin with my grandma

    1. yes. dont know.


      1. i was forwarded an email sent from the dufferin grove market:

        Forbes Wild Foods is very pleased to announce that we will be bringing fresh Wild Fiddleheads and Wild Leeks to the market!
        The Fiddleheads (which are wild, not cultivated) were sustainably harvested from Springwater Township, which is less than 100 miles from Toronto.
        The Wild Leeks were sustainably harvested by a First Nations group in the Georgian Bay area, also within 100 miles of Toronto.
        We’ll be selling the Fiddleheads for $7 / lb, and the Wild Leeks for $10 / lb. If anyone is interested in placing an order in advance, they can either email us ( or give us a call (416-927-9106) and we can put their order together to be picked up at the market. We will also have both of these items at next week’s market (May 14th), if someone can’t make it down this time.

        hope that helps a bit.

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        1. re: toothpicvic

          Kos on Roncesvalles has fiddleheads and ramps right now, in addition to their always awesome produce selection. One of the best spots in the city in my opinion.

        2. Mark Trealout of Kawartha Ecological Growers has fiddleheads. He's selling them at the AppleTree Market on Thursday afternoons and at the Green Barn Market on Saturday mornings. He also has ramps and trout lily leaves (which are foraged and delicious; sweet at first with a slightly peppery finish; lovely served raw in a salad).

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          1. re: Tatai

            Seriously - you can eat trout lily leaves? I had NO idea. There are zillions of them!

            1. re: Nyleve

              I did eat them -- raw -- and loved them, although some online sites say they should be cooked as they can be toxic if eaten raw, while other sites say they're great eaten raw in salads. Is there anyone out there who can definitively say that they're safe to eat raw? (My family and I ate them about 10 days ago with no ill effects.)

              1. re: Tatai

                I think it might be one of those things where you have a range of tolerance for the stuff. As much as I love fiddleheads cooked, I can't imagine eating them raw - they're too, I don't know, furry I guess.

                1. re: Nyleve

                  I know how you feel -- and the texture would probably be sort of like chewing grasshoppers, no? ;-)

                    1. re: Tatai

                      I've never tried grasshoppers. If they're furry, I'm not interested.

            2. I can't remember if SLM North had it, but I think South did during my visit last weekend. And so did Longo's and Yorkmills and Leslie and the Loblaws on Queen's Quay. (I'd call the loblaws though, I might be making that one up...)

     - food. is. love.

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              1. re: jlunar

                You can definitely get them at SLM; there were at least two vendors selling them on Tuesday, I believe for $7.99/lb.

                1. re: tjr

                  TJR is correct. The veggie vendor on the lower floor has had them for over a week at $7.99 a pound, and now the two on the main floor at the North doors also now have them on display at the same price. Ramps are also in at all at $1.99 a bunch.