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Jerusalem artichokes - where to find them in Toronto

They are perennials, grow like weeds, taste delicious, are healthy, and so, so hard to find. Why? I bought some at the Wychwood Barn Market a couple of weekends ago, but I want more, if possible. Anyone know who's selling them?

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  1. I found some at the big carrot. I Also used to get it from an organic business owner who ordered it from his organic vegetable suppliers.
    Non organic I haven't seen. if you're interested in the name of the store I can let you know, because I'm not sure if he orders it anymore for people.

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    1. re: BamiaWruz

      Sure, i don't mind giving a call to see. Thanks for the tip!!! Big Carrot is reasonably close to me.

      1. re: Full tummy

        Blossom Pure on Lakeshore near port credit. It's an organic store and you can ask the owner if he can order it for you from a farm, it's usually the size of a potato bag (5 lbs?)
        Probably call and ask instead of going all the way there if you decide to. The price was very reasonable though from what I remember.

        1. re: BamiaWruz

          Thanks!! I'm hoping to buy some tubers in the spring to grow in my yard... Maybe I'll have my own next year, haha.

          1. re: Full tummy

            They'll grow from the tubers, the rhyzomes and the seeds - take your pick and choose your spot wisely. They spread like mad - mine grew up to 8 feet tall until I took them out - took 3 years and then some to finally eradicate the stand. I now pick a wild stand nearby.

            If you have a good spot there is nothing to stop you planting now.

            1. re: DockPotato

              Can I put one in the ground from the market, that I bought just over a week ago? It's been in the refrigerator.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Why not? Should work. I've never planted them myself as they were here when we bought our hous but observed that they spread from previous tubers and rhyzomes. The tubers overwinter in any case in the frost band. I've never seen the seed for sale so i see no other option for you unless you know of a wild stand or someone wo could give you a good length of root. They're at their best at this time of year right after a few frosts.

                1. re: DockPotato

                  I planted it tonight. Fingers crossed. If it doesn't grow, I just lost one tuber, haha. Found a place to order some for the spring through this useful website:
                  Seeds of Diversity
                  http://www.seeds.ca/sl/csci/index.php...

                  The place where I'm going to order from (which also sells some other interesting stock, including Chinese artichokes):
                  Mapple Farm
                  http://www.mapplefarm.com/Home.html

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Have those too. They're somewhat less invasive and only grow about 2 feet. They're tiny, crunchy and are pretty good in salads.

                    1. re: DockPotato

                      Wow, you lucked out when you bought your house (at least in this respect). How did you know those unwieldy plants had edible tubers underground?

                      1. re: Full tummy

                        The vendor told me. I didn't consider myself particularly lucky as they choked out and shaded anything else in the garden. Besides, wild ones are avalable a few hundred yards away. I may dig a few this weekend. Although just shrub sized, the Chinese artichokes spread as well and were simply not worth the effort and real estate.

                        1. re: DockPotato

                          I have read that it's best to plant them in something underground, like a buried kiddie pool or such, so their roots don't spread. Where do you find wild ones?

      2. re: BamiaWruz

        I saw some there (Big Carrot) yesterday. They were beautiful: big and firm.

        1. re: Atahualpa

          Thanks, I will have to make a trip there in the next day or two.

      3. Bruno's on Avenue Road has them.

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        Bruno's Fine Foods
        2055 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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          1. re: Full tummy

            In the west end KO's on Roncesvalles has them.

            1. re: jamesm

              Thanks, that's a bit west for me, but if I'm out there soon... What's KO's?

              1. re: Full tummy

                Veggie market in the north east corner of st lawrence market has them for most of the growing season.

                On another note, they are called different things in different places. Try asking for sunchokes or girasole

                1. re: Full tummy

                  KO's is the name of a really good little vegetable market on Ronces. Lots of hard to find stuff, fresh and well-priced.

          2. i've bought them at longos before. unfortunately, they are sold pre-packaged ... but still yummy, nonetheless.

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            1. re: lilaki

              Well, that's convenient for me. Will have to see if they have any now.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Harvest Wagon has 'em, have seen at Pusateri's (Avenue Rd.) & Whole Foods. Bathurst & St. Clair Loblaws had them last weekend, and so did Fiesta Farms.

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                Pusateri's
                1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                Harvest Wagon
                1103 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                1. re: Prok

                  Wow!!! You really make the rounds! Thanks for this. Maybe the Loblaws near me has them...

            2. The Healthy Butcher on Eglinton has them. I've also seen them at Karma Co-op.

              And if you saw them at Wychwood Green Barn a couple of weekends ago, chances are the same farmer will have them this weekend, too. (Green Barn is one of the year-round farmers' markets in Toronto.)

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              The Healthy Butcher
              565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

              Healthy Butcher
              298 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R, CA

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              1. re: Tatai

                Thanks for the Healthy Butcher info. Yes, I figured they'd be at the market again, but I don't get out that way too often...

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                Healthy Butcher
                298 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R, CA

                1. re: Tatai

                  I can confirm - Vicky's at the Wychwood Green Barn market had them again this morning, and expected they would next week too.

                  1. re: wickalicious

                    Sounds like a good place to start looking. Where do you park around the Wychwood market area?

                2. Fortino's, at Lawrence Square, usually sells them.