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Where can I get mini strawberries? West LA

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brez Nov 7, 2008 04:30 PM

Looking for mini strawberries. Preferably on the westside.

Thanks.

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  1. Servorg RE: brez Nov 7, 2008 04:54 PM

    Your best bet is going to be at one of the bigger Farmer's Markets like the Santa Monica - Arizona St. one, (check google for location/days). If you want to check with Marina Farms down on Centinela Ave. just a bit north of Jefferson they might have them.

    Marina Farms
    5454 S Centinela Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310) 827-3049

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      nosh RE: brez Nov 7, 2008 09:44 PM

      By far the largest farmers' market on the westside is the one on Wednesdays along Arizona and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. There is a smaller version at the same location on Saturday mornings, as well as a pretty good one with easier parking and access on the N/W corner of Pico at Cloverfield (25th) on Saturday mornings.

      While I don't go every week, I am a fairly regular shopper at each of these depending on the week. And I'm often looking out for strawberries. I often see particular varietals being advertised, particularly at the Wednesday farmers' market. And sometimes larger strawberries with stems, at premium prices. But I don't recall seeing any minis. I would call one or more of the purveyors, Harry's Berries perhaps, and ask if they can pick and bring some for you.

      1. Emme RE: brez Nov 7, 2008 09:46 PM

        Could've sworn I saw them at Farm Boy...

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          bulavinaka RE: brez Nov 7, 2008 10:03 PM

          Hmmmm - mini strawberries... I'm guessing Alpine strawberries, or frais des bois? About the size of the fingernail on one's pinkie, very fragrant, reddish to white in color, and extremely perishable? I've personally never seen these at Marina Farms. I have seen these on occasion at the some of the more expansive farmers markets. Often, one needs to ask for these, as most farmers don't want to set these out on the table - they are that perishable... Give the Wednesday or even Saturday Arizona/3rd Street farmers market in Santa Monica a try. I don't think Harry's Berries has them but you might possibly try one of the vendors who sell the other more specialty berries or even those vendors that offer seasonal berries like mulberries. Sorry I don't recall the names of the vendors or growers...

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            Das Ubergeek RE: bulavinaka Nov 8, 2008 03:16 AM

            You're right but it's not remotely the season for fraises des bois -- those are a June fruit.

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              Servorg RE: Das Ubergeek Nov 8, 2008 03:30 AM

              They are probably available at certain retailers / farmer's markets from New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

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                bulavinaka RE: Das Ubergeek Nov 8, 2008 06:38 AM

                I didn't know it had such a narrow season. We used to grow them in our (Westside) garden most of the year. Thanks...

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