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May 15, 2010 02:02 PM

Can I buy rhubarb?

Does anyone know where I can find rhubarb in this city? I've been waiting for months to make some recipes using it, and I feel like it is rhubarb season now -- but last week I looked at the Union Square farmer's market, another farmer's market (can't remember the name right now), Whole Foods, my local grocery store.. and found nothing.

Am I too late, or am I just looking in all the wrong places? Thanks!

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  1. I was at Union Square this past Monday around noon and saw rhubarb at several vendors, but not a huge amount. Maybe it was sold out by the time you arrived?

    1. Definitely not too late. I live near Boston so I can't help, but it is appearing in stores and gardens now, and I buy it well into summer.

      1. definitely at the union square greenmarket. we bought some today.

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          1. Ok thanks -- I was at Union Square on Wednesday, but it was pretty cold and rainy so it's possible some of the vendors had left by the time I got there... I'll try again! Jon, how much did you pay for it today?

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            1. re: anakalia

              Earlier is always better for items that are just back in season and/or of limited quantities.

              According to the Union Square Greenmarket Twitter account, Hoeffner Farm had some today.


              Also keep an eye out on Lucy's Greenmarket Report:

              Union Square Greenmarket
              Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: anakalia

                i believe it was $4/lb. we bought about 2 lbs and it made an excellent rhubarb coffee cake. it was the stand on the west side of the park a little south of the subway entrance.