I used to be able to buy stem ginger in the baking section of grocery stores. It was made, I think, by McNairs, and was in a heavy syrup. Now I can't find it and I wondered if anybody else uses it and can tell me where to find it. I have some dessert recipes that use it and it is much nicer than crystallized ginger.
Within reason, I'll make a special trip anywhere in the GTA because, once bought, it keeps a long time.
After searching the 'gourmet' stores for this last year, I found it at Bruno's and a friend found it for me at Dominion in their baking section.
I paid the Bruno's price for my bottle, but the Dominion bottle was far less.
Not sure if it's still availabe, but if you're near either of these stores you should check it out. In Bruno's it was on top of the fish counter in the back.
Try Domino Foods, a bulk-food store in the north-west corner of the basement in the south St Lawrence Market. They're open 8am-6pm Tue-Thur, 8am-7pm Friday and 5am-5pm Saturday.
This is another reply to a very old post now, but I see someone was still looking for this stem ginger in 2008.
You can get it at any Bulk Barn outlet, and it is a nice quality, too. I am not connected to this retail outfit in any way, but really like it for a lot of the more unusual food items, dried spices and herbs, many of which you only need a small amount.