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Rhubarb in SF or Marin?

uberslop Dec 8, 2009 10:24 PM

Help! I'm planning a mad Alsatian meal tomorrow, and have my sights set on a particular Alsatian rhubarb tart recipe -- but I can't find any rhubarb anywhere in the city -- does anyone know of any places that still have some rhubarb in the house?


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    mrs bacon Dec 9, 2009 02:27 PM

    I was looking for it a couple weeks ago -- no luck. But I did get some frozen at Cal Mart in SF and it worked fine for my recipe.

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    1. re: mrs bacon
      SteveG Dec 10, 2009 10:36 AM

      Thanks for the CalMart tip. I'm always surprised that CalMart & Bryan's carry odds and ends of unusual baking ingredients like almond paste or frozen Rhubarb. I wonder if there is that much demand in that neighborhood or if it is just that they have always carried those products, so people know to find them there. It's the unusual items that set the independent grocers apart from Safeway/Lucky, not just the high end butcher counters.

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      dotMac Dec 9, 2009 01:20 PM

      I've purchased off-season rhubarb at the Nob Hill in Alameda. Perhaps other Nob Hills or Raleys also carry it?

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        Brandon Nelson Dec 9, 2009 10:18 AM

        Field grown rhubarb is available in April and May. Hothouse grown product might be available to a local grocer, but it's a long shot. Rhubarb doesn't have the demand it once did.

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          uberslop Dec 9, 2009 11:25 AM

          Thanks, guys! And: I know, I know -- but I thought maybe someone would know of some little grocer who was getting some from some little farmer who was "forcing" some winter rhubarb somewhere. Anything's possible out here.....

          1. re: uberslop
            Robert Lauriston Dec 9, 2009 12:59 PM

            It's possible, but around here these days the expensive restaurants that used to constitute the market for out-of-season vegetables are all into using what's seasonal.

        2. Robert Lauriston Dec 9, 2009 08:05 AM

          This time of year, I think you'd have to use frozen.

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