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Nov 16, 2010 10:40 AM

Bay Area places that carry freshly-ground cornmeal or grits (either local or Anson Mills)?

I'm looking to make cast-iron molasses spoon bread with honey butter as part of our Thanksgiving but need some high-quality cornmeal.

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  1. Rainbow Grocery carries a few types of Anson Mills grits in the bulk area. Search for Anson Mills on this board and you may find other places too.

    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Boulette's Larder has half a dozen Anson Mills items, but Rainbow's probably cheaper.

      1. Giusto's mill grinds polenta but may be too coarse for you application.

        1. There is someone at Ferry Plaza on Saturdays that has cornmeal, I think stone ground. I think they have rustic in their name. I have never tried it

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          1. re: wally

            Looks like I should converge on the Ferry Building and surrounds for a few good options.

            1. re: wally

              I've bought grits from Ridgecut Gristmills at the Ferry Plaza on Saturdays and have liked it (they're not there every Saturday, though).

              1. re: JasmineG

                That is the one I was thinking about.

                1. re: wally

                  I've picked up Ridgecut cornmeal at Bi-Rite Market in the Mission as well.

                  Bi-Rite Market
                  3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  1. re: Spatlese

                    They also sell at the market across from Rechuitti in the Ferry Building,.

                    1. re: jsaimd

                      Depending on where you are in the Bay Area, you can actually go to the Grist Mill in St. Helena and get it freshly ground by the miller. I believe it's one of the few running mills left in the states. Kind of random but lots of fun.

                      I stop by while I'm up there a few times a year and stock up. The miller grinds cornmeal, polenta, flour etc. Definitely the best quality around, and it's technically free, they just ask for donations. Several of the local restaurants in the valley serve it on their menus.