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Jun 18, 2011 12:00 PM

Sweet Strawberries in LA

Where can I find some good sweet strawberries? THe best I have found so far was from the 99 cent store. I have tried costco's, vons, Bristol Farms and none of them were that good.

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  1. Have you gone to any farmers' markets?

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    1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

      Harry's Berries at the Santa Monica Wednesday Market. The Gaviotas were spectacular this week.
      Bought Gaviotas today from Gloria at the Sat Farmer's market at Pico and Cloverfield. Also, spectacular.

    2. The Farmer's market at Wilson Park in Torrance has sweet Albions from Santa Barbara. Most arguably the sweetest juiciest strawberries this season.

      1. I second Harry's Berries. Best anywhere . . . also available at Hollywood Farner's Market on Sat morning

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        1. re: maggielyn

          I found my best strawberries at Smart and Final yesterday. I have been buying them off the street from the vendors that say they get them from the farms in Oxnard. Every flat I had gotten this season were over ripe and not sweet.

          1. re: trolley

            A fourth for Harry's. Pricy, but worth it. Lots of flavor and juice in them berries.

            1. re: Professor Salt

              harry's IS expensive but so worth it. i have to say the do tend to go bad quickly so proper storage is key with these berries. i would like to try gloria's gaviotas but not available in any of the markets i attend.

          2. I just bought 3 lbs for $2.99 at Pavilions. And they were large, sweet and very good. I made my topping out of half of them - cut them up and heated them with a little sugar and a little orange juice - mashed them with a potato masher and the put them in jars to cool. Over vanilla ice cream. Super! (they'll keep for at least a month)

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            1. re: Baron

              Harry's Gaviota berries were $5.50 a box this past Wed. Gloria's Gaviota's were $10.00 for a 3 pack. No noticeable difference. Also, Harry's beefsteak tomatoes on Wed were good but Gloria's today at Pico and Cloverfield had a slight edge. Gloria had Chandlers up until 2 weeks ago. Damn, they were so delicious. Gaviotas are a close second.. To the previous poster (Baron), when my strawberries are so luscious and in-season, I rinse them off, put them in a bowl and we eat them as if we were at the farm.