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in search of cape gooseberries

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. 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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: Sue

          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.

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

            1. They are also in the Valumart flyer for this week

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              1. re: Chatty Cathy

                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. 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. 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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