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KAYLO Apr 7, 2013 01:34 PM

I need some Chowhound spotters or mystery shoppers. Have the chianti and the kid, but looking for fresh fava beans the day after I arrive in Toronto Wednesday. There really is no substitute ( I used cannellini last time.) Please, please, save me a run through the various markets. Where have you seen them this week?

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    KAYLO Apr 12, 2013 01:55 PM

    GOod news, 'hounds! This morning Cheese Boutique brought in the first box of them, and of course I was there at 10:00 am to collect them. They were inexpensive, but of course I managed to justify the trip out from downtown by stocking up on a variety of pricey yummies. I think the beans cost me over $ 100/ pound if I look at it that way. Still, I have to love the CB. If anyone is going to get the first boxes, it's them!!!

    1. prima Apr 8, 2013 10:48 AM

      The produce shops on the Danforth might have some imported American favas available, although I didn't see any last weekend. I have bought them on the Danforth in the past, a couple months before Cdn favas are available.

      If you're willing to try frozen favas, as something a little closer to fresh favas than cannellini beans, the frozen Portuguese broad beans might do in a pinch.Some stores also carry canned favas.

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        phisherking Apr 8, 2013 09:49 AM

        Saw some at the St Lawrence market on Saturday. The place downstairs in the middle.... Didn't look twice as definitely not local so won't taste very sweet.

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          crawfish Apr 8, 2013 09:17 AM

          It alarms me how out of touch many people are with nature. We don't even have the first sprout type vegetables yet - asparagus, fiddle heads, etc.

          1. Kagemusha Apr 8, 2013 07:57 AM

            Nope. It's early. If they're around, places like Highland Farms have 'em and so far no dice.

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