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Hansel Dec 31, 2010 06:13 PM

Anyone know where to get prune lekvar in Philadelphia? I know a vendor used to sell it at Reading Terminal Market, but I don't know who, or if they are still there.

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    Chefpaulo RE: Hansel Jan 1, 2011 04:47 AM

    That's not a word that comes up every day but my grandfather's company, American Preserve, used to make it. I've seen it out here at Merrymead Farm and think I saw it in Wegman's. Bauman's is a local manufacturer that makes all kinds of fruit butters and they might be able to direct you to a local purveyor of their products. It also might be sold as plum butter these days.

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      Hansel RE: Chefpaulo Jan 1, 2011 05:18 PM

      Thanks, and how great that your grandfather's company used to make it! I recently bought quark from Keswick Creamery for the first time, and thought it would be good on bread with the prune butter.

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        Chefpaulo RE: Hansel Jan 2, 2011 11:39 AM

        He sold the company to Red Wing in 1956 and all recipes and equipment went to upstate New York and got a new lease on life. I doubt if they continued Lekvar.

        Where is the Keswick Creamery? Sounds Glensidian. I love quark!

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          Bigley9 RE: Chefpaulo Jan 6, 2011 09:12 AM

          You can get their quark at the Fair Food Farmstand in the RTM

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            PattiCakes RE: Chefpaulo Jan 6, 2011 09:25 AM

            quark? Is that something Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig eat for breakfast?

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              Chefpaulo RE: PattiCakes Jan 6, 2011 03:18 PM

              I guess only if they're up to it. Strange but charming notion. I gotta write this down.

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                Hansel RE: Chefpaulo Jan 9, 2011 05:53 PM

                Unfortunately, they carry only one FLAVOR at RTM!

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        Cruz RE: Hansel Jan 2, 2011 09:17 AM

        Nuts to You carries levar seasonally.

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          raxe RE: Hansel Jan 2, 2011 10:53 AM

          Simon Fischers Prune Lekvar is available in many supermarkets in the area all year round. I recently bought some in the Acme in Jenkintown and have found it in Genuardi's as well. It's the same brand my mom has been using for years in New York. Hamentashen recipe on the back label.

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            Hansel RE: Hansel Jan 2, 2011 02:38 PM

            Thanks for all the great suggestions. Looks like I may be able to get my hands on some lekvar.

            Keswick Creamery is in Newburg, PA, though I don't actually know where that is. But you can buy their products, including quark, at the Fair Food Project at Reading Terminal Market. Here's their website:


            Though I may have to eat up the quark before I get the lekvar. Any good suggestions for using quark? (Guess I should change the title on this thread, oh, well.)

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              GBak504 RE: Hansel Jan 2, 2011 04:26 PM

              I would look for it at Bell's Market in the NE...

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                elmom RE: Hansel Jan 3, 2011 06:41 AM

                The Head Nut --at the corner of eagle and wynnewood Rd in wynnewood/ardmore has it all year round--along with lots of cool nuts, spices and candy. i enjoy a good lekvar spread on a toasted bagel,--year-round,,,

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                  Hansel RE: elmom Feb 15, 2011 02:37 PM

                  Thanks to Cruz (see above) - I saw the sign in the window of Nuts to You today - they currently have lekvar in stock: prune, cherry, poppy, and one other (apricot? maybe.) I bought the prune - delicious! I have to admit, I've never had it before, just heard of it. Got quark again at RTM, and the two are great together.

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                    barryg RE: Hansel Feb 15, 2011 02:48 PM

                    It's Hamantaschen season :)

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                  dych RE: Hansel Feb 15, 2011 04:27 PM

                  4 flavors of Lekvar are available at Nuts 2 You on 20th St. just above Chestnut.

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