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Wonderful Chewy Hermits in Greater Boston Area?(even New England)

My True Love has never been able to find (ah, childhood memories) rich dense chewy Hermits like he had as a child visiting grandparents in Harrisburg Pa. We have been here 40+ years and we try them wherever we go, with no satisfaction. Verrill Farms, quite wonderful for gazpacho, tomatoes, corn, peaches, and, interestingly enough, chocolate walnut biscotti, just joined the list of disappointing hermits(cakey, dull) : Flour- no.Savenor's - no. whole foods- no. I can't remember all the other failures. Anyone had ones like he seeks? Thanks much for your help.

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Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

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  1. Has he tried the ones from Wilson Farm? They might be a little cakey for him. I should also note that it's been a while (a year?) since I've had them so they may have changed but I think they are quite flavorful.

    Sara

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    Wilson Farm
    10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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    1. re: owen_meany

      The Hermit you describe is the one i used to get at the Elm Street Bakery in Everett.
      They are still there. I have not been there in30 years so i have no idea about tghe quality now

      http://local.yahoo.com/info-10196338-...

      1. re: Locutus

        I was just going to recommend the Elm Street Bakery, great hermits as well as everything else esp. the scali bread.

      2. re: owen_meany

        Yes, I immediately thought of Wilson Farms' hermits. My father's search for the quintessential hermit ended when i brought him the ones from Wilson Farms.

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        Wilson Farm
        10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

      3. I can relate! The best I've found are unfortunately, down in Chatham at Marion's pie shop . . . if you happen to be down there, definitely worth a trip.

        GG
        http://www.semisweetonline.com

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        1. re: gansu girl

          Will second Marion's - great pies too.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            great pies . . . for the Cape, but up here, I think Petsi does a much better job.

            GG
            http://www.semisweetonline.com

        2. Take trip to Piro's in Methuen, just what you're looking for.

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          1. re: treb

            While you're in Methuen...try Mann Orchard's Farm Stand across from the Pleasant Mall. My mother use to love hermits when I was a kid, and these bring me back. They're big, chewy and delicious. They have them individually wrapped as we well as packaged with larger quanties. It's a huge "stand" that's actually a newer free standing building. Lots of their other things are really good too. http://www.mannorchards.com/

          2. Vicki Lee's in Belmont. The only ones my dad would eat.

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            Vicki Lee's
            105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA

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            1. re: moneydown

              I second Vicki Lee's.

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              Vicki Lee's
              105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA

            2. I have had great, chewy hermits at Bakers Best in Newton Highlands, but it has been a few years since I last had them.

              1. Since you opened your search criteria to New England I'm going to suggest the ginger molasses cookies at the Standard Baking Co. in Portland, Maine. I know they're not a true hermit but they share many of the same qualities and are delicious. FWIW, those cookies are the closest I've gotten to the ones I remember from Jillifer's Emporium in the Berkshires. Ah, childhood memories:) Also, if you're a baker, I recommend the hermit recipe from Maida Heatter's cookie cookbook.

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                1. re: Velda Mae

                  a ha! velda mae. maida is great idea. th you!