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anyone seen rhubarb lately??

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i saw it at the hollywood farmer's market a few weeks ago, but it doesn't seem to be there anymore. i thought the season would be a bit longer...any ideas??

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  1. I saw it at Whole Foods this weekend but didn't see it at any of the SaMo Saturday farmer's market stands.

    1. I get it from the Hollywood Farmer's market. One woman usually has it, she's on the North West side of the market. I know she sells to restaurants and is sometimes sold out because of that. If you tell her a week in advance, she'll put some aside for you.

      If you can't wait, that fancy Ralphs in studio city on Ventura Blvd. had it on Sunday.

      1. The rhubarb you get this time of year is forced, so the season it pretty limited. I go to Oregon every March to buy it there (it freezes well). I have started growing my own. You can buy the crowns online and harvest the second growth. Note: it dies back in winter, so don't despair.

        I have noticed rhubarb showing up on dessert menus (Smitty's in Pasadena) - so I'm pleased there seems to be a resurgence of interest in it! Chef's must be getting it somewhere!

        1. There was plenty of it at Lake Ave. Ralphs in Pasadena yesterday. Don't know what the price was but I'm gonna go buy some.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            Will, Leave some for me. I see rhubarb pie in my future.

            1. re: ilikefood

              None at South Pasadena farmer's market, but I got some at Bristol Farm.

              1. re: ilikefood

                I got two pounds at Ralphs, not at all cheap (about $5/lb!) but I was just greedy. Made a thick sauce with that and some good strawberries from the Saturday Pasadena FM. We WILL be having that on ice cream...!

            2. i saw some at whole foods the other day. i'm in north hollywood though. there were only a few bunches of it, pretty weak. hang in there, it's coming soon i'm sure!

              1. saw it at Elat Market on Pico yesterday as well as Whole Foods in Bev Hills.

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                1. it was at the atwater farmers market yesterday. they seemed to have a bunch of it, $3.50 a pound, i believe was the price.

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                  1. re: Clyde

                    That's what I was gonna say, ya beat me to it!

                  2. umm just saw it again at whole foods tonight. kind of expensive. $5.99 a pound i believe. just thougth i'd share.

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                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      You know, unless it's grown on a Superfund site, there's no real need to get all purist about rhubarb; its own leaves are all the pesticide it needs, so you shouldn't have to worry about chemicals. I'm sure that being organically grown in rich composted soil would help the flavor a bit, but if I'm going to stew it anyway it'll probably be with strawberries, and THOSE I'll get picky about. So to heck with WF - head for Ralphs and save a buck or two. Then get your berries at a farmer's market.

                    2. I can't find any fresh rhubarb in OC, but I did find a small 1lb bag of frozen at Ralphs for $2.99 yesterday. If you know of any fresh rhubarb in the Garden Grove area. Please let me know.

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                      1. re: jonhill

                        I don't know about the OC, but fresh rhubarb is to be found aplenty right now at the Hollywood farmer's market. Check the farmers markets near you.

                        1. re: jonhill

                          jonhill,

                          I saw it last week at Jons market at the corner of Goldenwest and McFadden.

                          Good luck!

                          JEFF

                          1. re: jonhill

                            Mother's Market on Main just south of La Veta had it yesterday but the quality was so -so.

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