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ISO farro?

Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 10:33 AM

Anyone know where I can find farro? Does WF carry it?

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  1. Chris VR RE: Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 10:51 AM

    I'm 95% sure I saw it at J Pace & Sons in Saugus the other day.

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      Science Chick RE: Chris VR Oct 26, 2009 10:58 AM

      Anyplace closer to Newton? - - sorry, I should have specified in my OP

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        bear RE: Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 12:29 PM

        At least some WF's carry it. $6/bag, or so I believe.

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          Science Chick RE: bear Oct 26, 2009 12:43 PM

          Thanks, I'll check.

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            GrowingBoy RE: Science Chick Oct 27, 2009 10:27 AM

            It's in the pasta section but it's hard to find. I don't know if it's pearled or not. I picked up some whold grain when I was at the Chelsea Market in NYC a couple of weeks ago and it looks different from the WF stuff. Haven't tried it yet. They had farro-based pasta there as well. Haven't sampled that yet, either.

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          veggielover RE: Science Chick Oct 27, 2009 12:51 PM

          I have bought it at both of the WF stores in Newton.

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            peelmeagrape RE: Science Chick Nov 8, 2009 05:19 PM

            A late response, but for future reference, in Newton: Marty's on Washington Street next to the Whole Foods. (Haven't looked for it in a while, though, so I'd call before making a special trip.)

        3. C. Hamster RE: Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 12:48 PM

          I have bought it at the WF in Cambridgeport.

          And at Formaggio.

          1. maillard RE: Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 06:23 PM

            Fresh Pond Whole Foods carries it, though it's very expensive. Polcari's in the North End has it in bulk for much cheaper, but it cooks up a bit differently.

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              Science Chick RE: maillard Oct 27, 2009 04:01 AM

              I'm looking for the whole grain, not pearled (or "semi-pearled"). If they cook up differently, I'm assuming that one is pearled....how are they different (cooking times, texture)? Thanks.......

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                bella_sarda RE: Science Chick Oct 27, 2009 02:26 PM

                The semi-pearled stuff (I've never seen any farro that was described as just "pearled") takes about half as long to cook (20+mins) as the non-pearled stuff, and is somewhat more tender than the whole stuff, but still quite chewy. I get mine at Capone's in Somerville, but that's far from Newton.

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                  maillard RE: Science Chick Nov 8, 2009 03:22 PM

                  The Whole Foods one (it's the one in the brick mentioned below by Gretchen) cooks in around 20 minutes and has a rougher look to it when cooked. The stuff from Pocari's took longer to cook and was very smooth and chewy when cooked. Not sure that I'm describing this very well. But my guess is that the WF stuff is semi-pearled and Polcari's is not. I have to say, I sort of preferred the texture of the WF stuff. Not sure I preferred it enough to spend $8 per package, though.

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                    Science Chick RE: maillard Nov 9, 2009 09:07 AM

                    Thanks for all the recs and info. I ended up getting it at WF. The packaging claims whole grain. I cooked it up in about 30-40 minutes. Used the farro porridge w/coconut milk/mangoes I saw here on Chowhound. It was great! It seemed like a whole grain to me...not cracked or pearled.

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                      veggielover RE: maillard Nov 9, 2009 12:15 PM

                      The brand sold at WF is the same brand that I first bought in a small town in Tuscany 6 years ago.

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                        Science Chick RE: veggielover Nov 9, 2009 12:52 PM


                2. GretchenS RE: Science Chick Oct 27, 2009 08:12 AM

                  I've been buying and enjoying farro from WF for awhile. It's in a shrink-wrapped brick shape, sometimes in the pasta section, sometimes in the grain section, and $7.99 for 500g.

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                    djd RE: Science Chick Oct 27, 2009 12:12 PM

                    Harvest Co-op.

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                      cpingenot RE: djd Nov 9, 2009 01:51 PM

                      Is it any cheaper there than WF?
                      I've contemplated buying it a couple of times, but always shied away from the hefty pricetag.

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                        Science Chick RE: cpingenot Nov 9, 2009 04:24 PM

                        Yeah, it was a bit pricey......but the way I look at it, I wouldn't think twice about buying a bottle of wine for $7 (well, I might think twice since it may not be so good!), so why not buy a bag of grain that is WAY better for me and that I'll get several meals out of.......

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                          djd RE: cpingenot Nov 10, 2009 09:28 AM

                          I haven't bought it in a couple of years, but my memory was that the prices were in line with Harvest's other bulk grains... i.e., cheap.

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                        nomadgirl RE: Science Chick Nov 7, 2009 11:10 PM

                        Formaggio in Cambridge carries farro.

                        Formaggio Kitchen
                        244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                          bear RE: Science Chick Nov 25, 2009 05:11 PM

                          Salem Food Store on Moody in Waltham had pearled and semi-pearled farro for $7.99/bag.

                          I stopped in for some inspiration for something quick to go with a red sauce, and noticed that they also have thin pounded chicken or veal cutlets. Made a nice quick stuffed chicken breast without too much time and effort amidst the holiday cooking.

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