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Sep 21, 2009 11:50 AM

Concord Grapes

Where can I find Concord grapes in the GTA? Not the Coronation grapes, not the Niagara Blue grapes, but the real old fashioned Concords? When will they be available?

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  1. Anybody?

    I've been searching for them, too.

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    1. re: middydd

      Call MACEDO , they serve the home made wine community and I passed by their place on Caledonia, I didn't specifically see the grapes but there were tons of cars so I assume that's what they were there for (there were however bushel baskets of Tomatoes quite visible.) There are actually 2 places beside one another on Caledonia (just north of Davenport on the west side of the street) the other place is where we often buy our Annuals and they had Tomatoes in front of their business as well as Perennials, I think they are more of a 'nursery,' but MACEDO is definitely for WINE makers.

      1. re: middydd

        I'm wondering if you will find them, I was under the impression that growers have been pulling out Concord vines for years to replace them with vines that are more suitable for wine making.

        I enjoy eating them as table grape, when I can find them.

        1. re: foodyDudey

          I saw them at my Zehrs in Windsor yesterday. I'm sure Loblaws will be carrying them this season.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            I do too! I have tried the "coronation' grapes several times ( both the blue and the green) and while I don't like them nearly as much for eating as the concord's , I do like the 'green' ones better than the 'blue'. I'm going to ask some of my friends who still make wine how they feel about the grape switch!!

        2. I have a food share with Plan B and have been getting what I believe are Concord grapes for several weeks. If you call them perhaps they can let you know if they are selling them anywhere.

          1. The fruit & veg shops in Bloor West Village are seling them. That is, they are selling baskets of grapes which they have labelled as Concord.

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            1. re: trishna

              The real thing will be small, dark blue, a nice spicy scent ('foxy'), and slip skinned.

              1. re: jayt90

                The blue grapes that have been sold recently in a plastic 'clamshell' have all those qualities. They even taste close to Concord but are not labeled as such.

            2. Someone at the farmers market told me the concord grapes come out near the end of September so hopefully we should see them out now....somewhere. So far I have only seen the coronation grapes. I do not recall this absence of concord grapes from the market in previous years. Does anyone else?

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              1. re: froglegs

                I'm pretty sure I bought a basket of Concord grapes last fall, and made pie from them. I looked for them specifically because I wasn't sure how my pie recipe would work with the seedless Coronation grapes.

              2. I saw them this morning at the East York Civic Centre market.