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Can I buy rhubarb?

anakalia May 15, 2010 02:02 PM

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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    small h May 15, 2010 02:13 PM

    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. greygarious May 15, 2010 02:16 PM

      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. jon May 15, 2010 04:25 PM

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

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          anakalia May 15, 2010 05:14 PM

          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
            kathryn May 15, 2010 06:10 PM

            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
              jon May 19, 2010 07:28 PM

              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.

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              mahler5 May 16, 2010 03:15 PM

              I bought a couple lbs. at Fairway last week

              1. MMRuth May 20, 2010 04:36 AM

                I saw some at the green grocer in Chelsea Market a couple of weeks ago.

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                  carub May 20, 2010 03:25 PM


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