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Jun 12, 2011 08:29 PM

ISO : Red Currants

Hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone knows places in the GTA that sells fresh red currants. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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  1. The Ontario crop won't be ready until July.

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    1. I have seen them at Whittamore's Farm in the past (pick your own) but they don't seem to be listed in this year's harvesting schedule:

      I'd say contact the farm to see if they still grow them.

      1. This year, probably mid to late July. They rarely surface in supermarkets, so start scoping out farmers' markets towards the end of this month for possible suppliers.

        1. I've found them at Highland Farms (Dufferin/Steeles) for at least the last 5yrs during the local season. Also White Currants, and the bigger Black Currants.

          Highland Farms
          850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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          1. re: nastyman

            Lucky you. The Mississauga outpost never seems to have 'em. They're pretty common around the westend of the GTA in the farmers' markets.

          2. I just noticed that MacMillan's has currants, frozen, in Acton or Ajax


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            1. re: jayt90

              Hmm ... frozen currants. When defrosted how is the texture?

              1. re: uberathlete

                I have no idea. In my house fresh red currants go into jam or sauces, but frozen would work.

                I'm lucky to have three indestructible bushes, and the berries last for almost a month unpicked. They are not sweet, and work well in savories.

                What do you need these for?

                1. re: jayt90

                  I'm doing a simple champagne jelly with red currants.

                  1. re: uberathlete

                    You could do a trial run with the frozen product, then wait for the real thing in July.