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Tari Jun 18, 2011 12:00 PM

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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    buttermarblepopcorn Jun 18, 2011 12:07 PM

    Have you gone to any farmers' markets?

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      maudies5 Jun 18, 2011 02:47 PM

      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.

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      Clinton Jun 18, 2011 02:46 PM

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

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        maggielyn Jun 18, 2011 02:54 PM

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

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          SIMIHOUND Jun 18, 2011 03:39 PM

          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.

        2. trolley Jun 18, 2011 04:07 PM

          Harry's Berries! so sweet.

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            Professor Salt Jun 18, 2011 07:02 PM

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

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              trolley Jun 19, 2011 11:54 AM

              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. Baron Jun 18, 2011 08:38 PM

            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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              maudies5 Jun 18, 2011 09:30 PM

              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.

            2. ipsedixit Jun 19, 2011 12:00 PM

              There's a stand that sells them just south of the 60 Fwy on Rosemead, by Whittier Narrows Park.

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