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in search of cape gooseberries

andy andersen May 2, 2010 05:39 PM

looking to buy cape gooseberries in the Toronto area. I believe also known as ground cherries. Failing that, anywhere know where to get seeds?

Thanks a bunch!

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  1. bunnylicious RE: andy andersen May 2, 2010 06:39 PM

    I saw some at No Frills in the Junction this weekend. I've also seen them at Loblaws before. I imagine the bigger locations would stock them.

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      Whats_For_Dinner RE: andy andersen May 2, 2010 08:05 PM

      Yep, I saw them yesterday at Superstore (albeit not in Toronto) and I imagine the other Loblaw chains would likely have them, too.

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        Sue RE: andy andersen May 2, 2010 08:11 PM

        You can order the seeds from Veseys (veseys.com) in PEI. They are a bit finicky to grow, but once established do quite well. Grew up with these in the garden (in Ottawa).

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          iEatErgoiBlog RE: Sue May 4, 2010 09:29 AM

          I've seen them quite often at the Yonge & St. Clair Sobeys and also seen 'em at the Empress Walk Loblaws on Yonge just north of Sheppard.

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          morty999 RE: andy andersen May 6, 2010 01:04 PM

          You can get the plants and possibly the seeds (if she has any left) from Linda at Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm www.treeandtwig.ca or email her at info@treeandtwig.ca

          1. Full tummy RE: andy andersen May 6, 2010 03:34 PM

            I see them in the Loblaws flyer for next week (sale begins tomorrow).

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              Chatty Cathy RE: andy andersen May 7, 2010 08:01 AM

              They are also in the Valumart flyer for this week

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                DarleneO RE: Chatty Cathy May 7, 2010 08:09 AM

                The resort I work for buys them from Sysco. Did some research last year and found that they will grow as a perennial. So if you really like them and have a little room, that may be the way to go.

              2. Flexitarian RE: andy andersen May 7, 2010 10:31 AM

                I just bought a small organic Cape Gooseberry plant for under $5 or so, which I am planting in my front sunny yard, from uharvest.ca at the Green Living Show. uharvest.ca is at Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market; Thursdays 3pm - 7pm and The Wychwood Market; Saturdays 8am - 1pm and now has a store location at 193 Sorauren Ave.

                Dufferin Cafe
                2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

                1. gnuf RE: andy andersen May 7, 2010 10:35 AM

                  Seeds for groundcherries (Cossack pineapple variety) can be purchased via mail-order from Terra Edibles (http://terraedibles.ca/). They were also at Seedy Saturday/Sunday at Wychwood Barns this year, and I've seen them at the Green Living Show too.

                  If you do try to grow the from seed, be patient as they took 3 weeks to germinate.

                  They turned out quite well for me last year:


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                    andy andersen RE: gnuf May 7, 2010 12:50 PM

                    I love you all!

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