I am unfortunately not from the Portland area but must take a road trip to your fine city soon, and was hoping that said road trip might correspond with Hood Strawberries being available at the farmers' markets. Can anyone let me know if they're ripe and available yet, and if not, when they will be?
Thank you so much!
I live for the Hoods; they are the only kind I eat. Last Saturday at Portland Farmers Mkt PSU, Winters Farms were the only ones who had them. They were expensive and not so good. Spring has been the coldest and darkest on record, so they are late. But the weather is changing rapidly, and a week from Saturday I predict will be the true opening of the season, meaning at least five farmers will carry them. You can't tell by looks. Taste before buying!
Many of the stands at this past Wednesday's Farmers Market in Salem had Hoods. My parents' neighbors were there selling both Bentons and Hoods and the co-owner gave me a sample of each. Hoods won hands down. She advised just waiting until picking for market was done and my Mom could glean what she wants. Not sure I can wait that long, but I definitely look forward to it!