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ISO: Inexpensive, quality sweet potatoes accessible by transit

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dillybravo Mar 30, 2013 11:53 AM

Does anyone have a good source on sweet potatoes in the downtown-ish area? I am sick of paying $1.50/lb+ for dried out/moldy/stringy/whatever sweet potatoes. In other cities I've seen sweet potatoes in bags, fresh, organic even, for much better prices. What's up with sweet potatoes in TO? A question that has vexed me for years.

So now I turn to Chowhound. Any suggestions? Preferably near U of T St. George or Dundas West, but will travel and buy in large quantities. :)

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  1. paulj RE: dillybravo Mar 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) markets. Ones I shop at (in Seattle) sell red, white, Japanese, and purple (Okinawa) sweet potatoes/yams (in order of increasing price).

    1. MissBingBing RE: dillybravo Mar 30, 2013 12:01 PM

      Sweet potatoes are usually 59 cents a pound in Chinatown and Kensington Market. Never seen them in a bag. Better to pick them yourself i would imagine.

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        Gary RE: dillybravo Mar 30, 2013 01:59 PM

        They're on sale for 77 cents per pound at No Frills this week. I picked some up today at the Front/Sherbourne location, they didn't look dried or moldy and seem fine from the outside, though I've yet to use them.

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          crawfish RE: dillybravo Apr 1, 2013 05:41 AM

          The Proracki's at St Lawrence market specialises in sweet potatoes. Their table is on the east side of the north building.

          http://www.ontariosweetpotato.com/ind...

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            26Marushka RE: dillybravo Apr 1, 2013 09:46 AM

            I have purchased incredible sweet potatoes from a farmer who has a stand at the Stop's Wychwood Barns Farmer's Market which runs every Saturday morning. I'm sorry, I don't know the name of the farm or grower specifically, but if you've never visited, it's a great market to browse around!

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              JennaBean RE: dillybravo Apr 4, 2013 07:39 AM

              I get lovely organic ones for less than that at both Rowe farms and the Big Carrot.

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                dillybravo RE: dillybravo Apr 4, 2013 08:18 AM

                Thanks all for the suggestions. The Proracki's (at Wychwood Barns and St. Lawrence) do generally have good sweet potatoes, but they are pretty expensive and depending on the time of year quality has been mixed so I am moving on.

                I found some real nice-looking ones at Gerrard and Broadview yesterday for .39/lb. I will check out the other recos once I eat through my current horde. :)

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