Big pails of fresh berries
Where can I find these? I know they exist, I saw them on television once. Those wooden Foodland Ontario baskets full of blueberries and raspberries, easily a few pounds or so.
I've only seen berries by the pint here in Toronto, so I'm assuming I'd have to travel somewhere rural? That's fine, just tell me where to go once the season gets started.
Highland Farms sells buckets of cherries, in mid summer. Last year they were $17 red, $20 black, pitted and fresh frozen in a spray of syrup. They were only available for a few days.
Raspberries and strawberries can be purchased at numerous farms just outside of Toronto. A list: http://www.toronto.com/searchResults?...
KITCHENER FARMER'S MARKET!!!!
I went there so many times last summer to get fresh berries. You can even get the Ontario blueberries that are the tiny ones... they taste reallyyyy good. You can buy pails and pails of berries in season. I'd say check them out late in the summer though, even into September.
Maybe small wild blueberries but never raspberries packed liked that, mate. Sounds like food porn presentation, not market reality.BTW, those "few pounds or so" won't come cheap. You'll get a "flat" of 6-8 smaller boxes from a grower that you can dress-up in a wooden basket.
A good link is ontarioberries.com. Try farms like Forsythe Family Farms on Kennedy Road in Markham/Unionville where you can buy flats of strawberries. But not baskets.
And here's one I'm going to this year; but it's a drive. We went last year and bought sour cherries for baking (delicious and excellent quality and good price!) by the basket.
And Saskatoon berries. We got there too late in the season so the lady sold us some she had in the freezer. Saskatoon berries are in season for a couple of weeks in July and we missed it. They were delicious. Maybe someone else knows the name of the farm. Not a big operation. It's just north of the east end of Barrie, so east of Hwy 400 maybe Hwy 93? It's just minutes out of Barrie on the west side of the road. Older barn and farmhouse with berries in the front along the driveway not far from roadside. Signs. Some chickens wandering around; maybe they sell eggs too. Wish I'd paid better attention because we're going back for Saskatoon berries this year for sure.
When I worked at a berry farm, we never used those big baskets for berries. We only used quarts and pints (in a flat for larger quantities). Those baskets are too deep for berries. The ones on the bottom get squashed from the weight of those on top. It's not as much of a problem for the firmer berries, but for raspberries, it's definitely a bad idea.
We had a customer come in and pick his own raspberries into 6 quart baskets. He ended up not being able to pay for all of them and never returned to pay for the one he didn't take. I got to take them home, but other than the ones on top, they were so squashed that they were only good for jam.