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Apr 27, 2010 06:15 AM

Where can I get corn grits?

For the life of me I can't find any corn grits. Anybody know where I can find them close to Leslieville?

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  1. This thread says Whole Foods has them, but I've never been:

    A food shopping trip to Buffalo is in order here if you need to stock up on hard-to-get U.S. ingredients.... Any Wegmans or Tops will have it.

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    1. re: TexSquared

      Whole Foods in Mississauga, after repeated visits, does NOT carry ANY brand of grits. If they do carry it, they can contact me when it is in stock.
      Unfortunately, my visitting American friends cannot bring it across the border.

      1. re: violabratsche

        Why can't they bring them across the boarder??


        1. re: Davwud

          I was told, crossing the border southward and they were told, travelling north, that they could not carry certain foodstuffs across the border. Last time I crossed,
          the border people seized all the food I was carrying.

          1. re: violabratsche

            Wow. I'm not sure if you were (or they) incorrectly informed but we bring TONS of stuff back. Including grits. We even admit having food items.
            I've seen people in the airport bringing bags of oranges back.


            1. re: violabratsche

              Just like Montreal and Schwartz's, I never let anyone I know return from the US without bringing back grits for me. Weird. Maybe the federales were just hungry.

              1. re: violabratsche

                I do grocery shopping across the border once or twice a month with no problems. In fact, groceries are exempt from any duties (within certain limits, of course). Your border guys must have been feeling cranky, or decided that you were "importing" goods.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  My border experience WAS 7 years ago, but my friends coming north were warned , again, a few years ago.... I thought it all seemed strange, as I'd never had this trouble before. And I DO know people who cross border grocery shop. It doesn't make sense, but then, there's not much about crossing the border that ever made sense to me.

                  I wonder why Whole Foods in Mississauga doesn't carry grits?

                  1. re: violabratsche

                    I'm 90% sure Metro carries Bob's Mill.

                    Bringing food cross-border is only an issue with places other than the US - according to research I did just recently. People cross-border grocery shop all the time...

                    1. re: justxpete

                      Most stores carry Bob's Red Mill products... just not the whole line. I work at Sobeys and they have an extensive BRM section... no grits. Superstore used to carry it: no more. I thought Bulk Barn would be an obvious choice. Nope.

            2. re: violabratsche

              Highland Farms just up the street on Hurontario has 'em. Whole Foods is the last place I'd look.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                Highland! I will check them out. Thanks! It was mentioned earlier as a maybe, but it sounds more a likely.
                (Off topic: now I remember why I stopped coming to Chow. Every time I've posted, I've had to reset my password... not worth the effort and time)

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Wow, that's a lot more convenient than burning up a favour. I'll have to check my local HF.

                  1. re: Googs

                    Think Bulk Barn may also carry grits.

                    1. re: Kagemusha

                      I have freshness issues with Bulk Barn. You'd think at the volume they sell at they could do a better job of it. Highland Farms may work simply due to packaging.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Depends heavily on what you're after. Never any problem with basic flours, dried fruit, beans, grains. Spices can be iffy.

            3. Bob's red mill brand. Not sure where you can find them in leslieville, i get mine at essence of line in Kensington.I love grits, but it's hard to find them here, these are these best you can get in Toronto, makes great grits, and if you let cool, makes polenta!

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              1. re: Bobby Wham

                I bought this product "Bob's Red Mill" corn grits in a Highland Farms in Mississauga. To be perfectly honest I have not tried them and don't know if they really are grits. The label says "also known as polenta" and the directions on the back focus on Italian polenta which makes me suspect. They also happen to be produced in Oregon which is not exactly the grits capital of the US. But they are organic, so that's a plus. And some would say a grit is a grit is a's just ground corn anyway so this product is probably real. I like mine stone ground and get them from Charleston South Carolina (usually when I'm home or when someone is coming to parents were just here and when the border guard asked what they were bringing my mom said "grits and BBQ sauce". The border guards reply was "sounds yummy").

                Highland Farms
                850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                1. re: South Carolina Girl

                  They really are grits, When I go to the states, I always bring back grits, and the Red Mill brand is the same, If you let any grits cool in a pan, it will turn into Polenta, it all just depends on the colour of the cornmeal, In the states grits are usually off-white, the Red Mill brand are more yellow

              2. sorry, Essence of Life *typo*

                1. You may want to try mail order.


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