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local strawberry sightings & pricings, 2011

Noticed ON-grown strawberries at Pusateri's Bayview Village location today, at $6.99/pint (although possibly $7.99/pint- maybe someone can correct me if they're $7.99), if I recall correctly. Not sure where they were grown in ON. I probably won't buy any until they dip under the $5 mark, but would love to hear how they are, if anyone buys some.

Understand that the SW ON strawberries are late this year, and should be out the last week in June.

Please post if you see local strawberries around town, and if you buy some, please mention how much they cost, and if they're worth buying.

On a tangent, the produce at Pusateri's (BV) was looking great today. While some produce is clearly more expensive than your average grocery store, some produce was a better value (limes were 4/$1.99 and I've been paying $0.69 each, where I shop the most), and much of it was better quality. The mint I purchased for $1.99 was a much larger bunch, and much more fresh-looking, fresh-tasting and fresh-smelling than other mint I've been finding elsewhere lately.

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Pusateri's
1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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  1. Loblaws at Millwood and Laird had $4 pints of Ontario strawberries(they smelled good, but I haven't tasted them yet). The farmers market at Coxwell and Mortimer on Tuesdays also has $4 pints (they were delicious, small berries with nice strawberry flavour and a little tartness.)

    1. I'm still waiting for mine to start popping up in the backyard :(

      1. I just bought some at the Liberty Village farmer's market, 2 pints for $10.

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        1. re: crawfish

          The price for a pint of local strawberries at the St. Lawrence Market's north farmers' building this past Saturday was $5 at just about all the fruit stands. One or two stands were slightly cheaper, though.

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          St. Lawrence Market
          92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

          1. re: crawfish

            Just a follow up: the strawberries I bought yesterday aren't that sweet. They are nice and red and appear ripe but I hope later harvests will taste better.

          2. Had some of the Loblaws stock. Too early, too much rain and not enough consistent heat. Holding out for better.

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            1. re: Kagemusha

              Agreed... We cracked ours from Loblaws this afternoon. They were a little too tart.

            2. Not the GTA, but in Niagara we've had them for a week and a half or so. They've been good, but not amazing... should get better.