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Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

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Ella Bella Feb 22, 2014 07:26 AM

Anyone know where I can find white, stone-ground grits for sale in the Boston area or Metro-West? Would prefer Brookline/Allston/Brighton neighborhoods but beggars can't be choosers and willing to travel some.

Something like Anson Mills or McEwen & Sons would be great; even Bob's Mill is fine. Just not instant grits (the only thing I could find at Shaw's or Stop & Shop).

Have already checked Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Stop & Shop, Shaw's.

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    maestrette Feb 22, 2014 07:55 AM

    We've been here a year, and I haven't found them yet. I'm going back to Atlanta in April and packing an extra suitcase to bring home real grits, White Lily flour, and Duke's mayo.

    Hopefully someone will reply with a local source.

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      kewpie Feb 23, 2014 01:55 PM

      no local source ive seen(20+ years living up north now)--- we stock up in atlanta also. otherwise friends will ship for us

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      johncb Feb 22, 2014 08:22 AM

      I believe I have bought them at Trader Joe's. Perhaps they have discontinued this item, but I'm pretty sure I have gotten them there within the last year.

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        Ella Bella Feb 22, 2014 08:58 AM

        Yeah - sadly, they don't carry them anymore unfortunately. I went in person to the Coolidge Corner store as well as called the manager of another local TJ - do not carry them.

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        Madrid Feb 22, 2014 11:02 AM

        Christina's in Inman square has Anson grits. I think Formaggio Kitchen does as well. Christina's has few other Anson products (or did), but I talked with the owner and he seemed open to ordering more Anson products if there was enough interest. We talked about how southern food is really "exploding" in the area and he supplies the restaurants as well wholesale.

        I order from Anson directly from time to time, but the shipping is an impediment. The AnsonMills guy told me he almost never supplies retail shops because he can't trust them to keep everything frozen and thus preserve the quality. He said Formaggio Kitchen is really exceptional in that regard, and presumably he feels the same way about Christina's.

        It's possible that Dave's pasta might have it too, but if you see it on the shelf, you know it should have been in the freezer when it arrived.

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          RoyRon Feb 22, 2014 03:44 PM

          I Know that Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave Cambridge has them

          1. carolinadawg Feb 22, 2014 03:46 PM

            Any reason you can't/don't want to order them online?

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              Ella Bella Feb 22, 2014 04:08 PM

              I was hoping there might be a local purveyor...I grew up in the deep South and there grits are ubiquitous (and not considered gourmet by any means!). Recently had a hankering for them (perhaps in the way we all occasionally crave foods we ate growing up). I've lived in Boston for almost 7 years but never craved them randomly before -- I ordered some online.

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                opinionatedchef Feb 22, 2014 11:17 PM

                Do y'all use Indian Head cornmeal in GA? My mom used it for some things in VA and a local CH helped me find it a few months ago at a PriceRite in WRoxbury/Roslindale. I was surprised to find it to be pretty finely ground, though it IS stone ground. Wicked cheap.like $3 for 5 lb. But in the end, I will stick w/ Anson Mills because it is not consistently ground, which means that you get a very toothsome grits that are a mix of course and a different coarse and a different coarse. Just fantastic as you obviously alrdy know.... The irony of all this is that R.I. Johnnycakes are a trad food and tourist item in R.I. and there is Grey's Grist Mill which makes a very good stone ground white cornmeal, but you have to go THERE to buy it. Johnnycakes are very similar to fried cornbread that I grew up w/ in VA (except that the RI cakes are thin and large diameter , like pancakes, and Fried Cornbread is an inch or so thick and about 3 " diameter.)

                I'm running on about this because some day you might enjoy driving around beautiful R.I. and stopping at Grey's.

              2. re: carolinadawg
                opinionatedchef Feb 22, 2014 11:22 PM

                cd, you have to buy a minimum order to make the $ shipping worthwhile. Times like those, one needs a cul de sac of southerners to split the cost.

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                  carolinadawg Feb 23, 2014 03:26 AM

                  Guess it depends on what one thinks is worthwhile...the Old Mill of Guilford will ship three 2 pound bags of grits for $28 total, grits and shipping. Doesn't seem too outrageous to me for a taste of home while "behind enemy lines", lol.

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                    hyde Feb 23, 2014 04:40 AM

                    These might be my favorites. Really nice people too.

                    I have ordered from Callaway Gardens in the past, the speckled heart grits are great but their shipping costs went up a year or so ago.

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                      opinionatedchef Feb 23, 2014 11:16 AM

                      that is an excellent deal. wonder what their grind is like.

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                        carolinadawg Feb 23, 2014 12:34 PM

                        I'd describe it as medium.

                2. StriperGuy Feb 23, 2014 04:18 AM

                  The food coop in central sq used to have stone grits for small $. Haven't checked since they moved across the street.

                  1. MC Slim JB Feb 23, 2014 11:35 AM

                    Foodies Urban Market in the South End and Southie has the Bob's product, I believe.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. StriperGuy Feb 24, 2014 06:02 AM

                      Seriously check out the central square food coop they always had very nice grits in their bulk foods section.

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                        deglazer Feb 24, 2014 07:10 PM

                        Confirmed today, as it happens. Bulk yellow organic, plus Bob's packaged. They look identical.

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                        lilipad811 Feb 24, 2014 11:31 AM

                        Try MInstone Farm in Wayland. They grind theirs from the corn they grow on their farm

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                          opinionatedchef Feb 24, 2014 09:23 PM

                          http://www.mainstonefarm.com/farm-stand/corn-meal/

                          madrid,look what's on the dinner menu at Beacon Hill Bistro:
                          < roast chicken breast, spoon bread, fried okra, pan jus 26 >

                          http://www.beaconhillhotel.com/dinner...

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