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Disappointed by Local LI Strawberries this Year

sbp Jun 19, 2008 11:52 PM

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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    MacTAC Jun 22, 2008 02:00 PM

    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
      TonyO Jun 23, 2008 05:54 AM

      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.

    2. michele cindy Jun 20, 2008 09:36 AM

      Anyone ever go to Secor Farms in NY? http://secorstr.startlogic.com/index....
      I'm on their mailing list, but never been over there.

      1. wleatherette Jun 20, 2008 08:58 AM

        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. sixelagogo Jun 20, 2008 04:07 AM

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

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