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Jun 19, 2008 11:52 PM

Disappointed by Local LI Strawberries this Year

Picked up local strawberries on the North Fork (Sound Avenue) twice in the past week. Different farm stands. Each time, the berries looked great, had deep red color all the way through, definitely ripe. But not very sweet, and not a lot of strawberry flavor. I wonder if the weather had something to do with it or just bad luck?

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  1. I've had the same problem here in north Jersey...all localavore-ness set aside, California strawberries have kicked jersey strawberry butt this could be the amount of rain we've had during the ripening process...same happens to tomatoes if it's a wet august.

    1. i agree. we've had a few baskets from one of our favorite farmstands, and while the fruit was gorgeous the taste left a lot to be desired.

      1. Anyone ever go to Secor Farms in NY?
        I'm on their mailing list, but never been over there.

        1. There's a Harbes farmstand in Mattituck on Sound Avenue and Hallock Lane. Across Sound Av and a couple of hundred feet west there's a tiny stand, also Harbes, where I got terrific strawberries two weeks ago, and last year. Hope to be out there this week also.

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          1. re: MacTAC

            Same issue in Vermont. Very watered down taste (likely from the rain). I've been told the flavor will improve in the varities that ripen in the next few weeks.