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Local strawberries - Long Island?

  • EM23 Jun 5, 2011 02:40 PM
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Just spoke with a friend who bought local (Connecticut) strawberries at the Greenwich farmer's market yesterday. Has anyone seen strawberries for sale at a Long Island farmer's market yet?

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  1. In the newsletter for my CSA this past week was a note, "Our strawberry crop has been delayed about a week...."

    Maybe LI strawberries are a bit behind? They said they'd be ready for picking this weekend (last Friday).

    1. They're out on many of the farm stands on the North Fork. We went through four perfect quarts last week.

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      1. re: MacTAC

        Thanks Scott and Mac! Will do a run out east this week.

        1. re: EM23

          I've been getting them at the farm stand on Mill Rd in Riverhead, his are always delicious. The wild ones in my yard are just appearing so I think you have plenty of time.

          1. re: coll

            Thanks! Do you happen to know the name of that farm stand? Is it closer to Sound Ave. or County Rd. 58?

            1. re: EM23

              It doesn't have a name, it's Billy Berkowski. It's less than a minute north of Home Depot, just before Middle Road. Small but all his. There is a sign on the corner of 58, last time I looked.

              1. re: coll

                Thanks so much!

                1. re: coll

                  We have been living in strawberry heaven after a trip to Mattituck & Riverhead earlier this week (thanks Coll for the rec. on Mill Rd.).
                  FWIW, Fairway(Plainview) had upstate strawberries, that are equally as good, for sale today.

                  1. re: EM23

                    Glad you found it, they are such a nice family.

        2. i havent had any but i think nassua ocunty was having a strawberry festival, may be over though :(

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          1. re: Maggie Larkin

            If it's the festival in Bellmore you're referring to, they always have Driscoll's strawberries from California.
            I was at the farmer's market in Christopher Morley Park last Wednesday, and one of the farm stands had LI strawberries.

          2. The best I've found are across the road from Harbe's Family Farm on Sound Av in Mattituck. Always ripe, sweet and perfect...

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            1. re: MacTAC

              The early variety is now finished, I bought today and they're different. Still good, but not the uniform dark, dark red. Have to wait until 2012 for more of those.

              1. re: MacTAC

                Raining too much, no doubt. They get watery.

                1. re: coll

                  Rain, too much or too little, definitely does affect the moisture content. This though is a change over from an early season cultivar to a mid season one. Next time I see the proprietor there, I'll ask her about the particular varieties as I would love to grow the early one at home.

                  The early one I would describe as dark ruby or garnet in color and quite uniform in shape and somewhat in size.

                  http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/1...

                  The current variety is more a scarlet red with greater variation in color, size and shape, some quite large. Similar to these...

                  http://www.apnmag.com/summer_2011/sta...

                  1. re: MacTAC

                    My CSA has had rain trouble with their strawberries:

                    http://www.goldenearthworm.com/newsle...

                    1. re: Scott_R

                      I just bought a quart at the place on Mill Road and they ARE different now. I will ask them next time I go, because when they are not busy (or even when they are) they are a fountain of knowledge about local produce. For example, they told me tonight the exact date they started and ended harvesting last year, compared to this year. But this is my guess: it is the same variety, but the baby ones in the beginning are just naturally more tender, like so many other things in life.

                      PS the peaches he has now are as good as the best I've ever had. Yum, we just had peaches and strawberries for dinner!

                      1. re: coll

                        How are ripe local peaches possible? I figured at least another full month. It's so early!

                        1. re: sbp

                          I ususally get them at Davis starting beginning of July. White first and then yellow. They tell me the season for everything is a week or two early this year.

                          But I don't know where these were from, since I only asked are they from Jersey and he said no. All I know is they were juicy and sweet. Peaches I know he doesn't grow himself, there are a few things he gets elsewhere and he is always honest about it. He has impeccable taste though! Hope they only get better as the summer goes on.

                      2. re: Scott_R

                        Thanks for the website link to Earthworm. I've been thinking about joining that one. How's the quality of the veggies?

              2. Dan's Papers has a story this week - "Time to Pick Your Own Strawberries"

                http://danshamptons.com/article/dinin...