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What's Up with Local Strawberries?

sbp Jun 5, 2012 07:36 AM

Any word on this year's crop, when the U-Picks will be ready? I saw some promo for the Mattituck festival (which we haven't gone to in years - I can buy Driscoll's at Waldbaums), and it got me wondering.

  1. roxlet Jun 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    On their website, Wickham's in Cutchogue says that they are picking strawberries. We are going out on Tuesday for a farm stand round up. Can't wait!

    1. EM23 Jun 10, 2012 09:09 AM

      I just found this berry chart from Patty's Berries in Mattituck http://www.pattysberriesandbunches.co...

      Fairway in Plainview had local strawberries for sale this week. They were small and very juicy but not as sweet as I like.

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        sbp Jun 10, 2012 08:01 PM

        Really? I almost never see local berries in a supermarket, even at Fairway. I know they were advertising strawberries on sale, but they were California.

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          EM23 Jun 11, 2012 08:14 AM

          Really! They had them last year as well. They were in the lobby area.
          And I mentioned this to a friend last night and she said her hubs had picked up local strawberries at Whole Foods (in Jericho) on Saturday.

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            EM23 Jun 11, 2012 06:45 PM

            SBP - an update. I was at Fairway tonight and they didn't have any local strawberries. I asked one of the regular produce workers and he said he expected a delivery tomorrow and that they usually have them for the weekend. He said it is good idea.to call ahead to find out if they have them.

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              sbp Jun 11, 2012 07:20 PM

              Thanks. I'm OK paying more for local - and I suppose a lot of people are. I wish the supermarkets understood that.

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          jwg Jun 9, 2012 06:01 AM

          saw them at farm market last week

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            jwg Jun 10, 2012 05:19 PM

            Picked up some CT strawberries yesterday at Stews, and they were lovely this a.m.

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            sunflwrsdh Jun 5, 2012 05:15 PM

            I am "Facebook friends" with my local farm, Hand Melon Farm, in Greenwich NY, which has pick your own strawberries ready now. They started picking on Friday, 6/1 and say they will be peaking this coming weekend. I am planning to pick and make jam on Sunday. Price is $2/lb.

            1. Chris VR Jun 5, 2012 08:00 AM

              Not sure where in New York you are, but we drove out the North Fork of Long Island last weekend and all the U-Picks were open. We picked up a quart for $5- not as sweet as they could be, and a bit watery. Still, local beats imported any day of the week!

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                sbp Jun 5, 2012 08:15 AM

                I'm in Huntington, Long Island. Thought it might still be a bit early.

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                  Chris VR Jun 5, 2012 08:52 AM

                  I think normally you'd be right, but this warm weather is pushing harvest dates forward. The U-Picks out East had a lot of people but not as many as you'd normally see when the season is in full swing. I think most people in the area associate strawberry season with mid-June.

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                    Scott_R Jun 5, 2012 02:13 PM

                    Strangely, this was answered in this thread:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851017

                    short answer: they're out. Golden Earthworm Farm (Jamesport) started pick-your-own on Memorial Day weekend, and I just got a quart in my CSA share. Also picked up a quarter of locals from the Garden City Farmer's Market.

                    As Chris and others have said, they're a bit watery right now, presumably because of all the rain the plants have been soaking up. My own plants have been producing for the last week or so--sweeter then the ones in the local markets--I think because I have them partly sheltered.

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                      sbp Jun 5, 2012 04:20 PM

                      "They're out" as in they are sold out/picked out?

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                        Scott_R Jun 5, 2012 04:56 PM

                        That would be a heckuva statement to make, covering all of Long Island as it would. I'd have thought "they're gone" would be generally what is used to indicate that sentiment... plus I spoke in the present tense about buying some (the GC Farmer's market is always on Tuesdays).

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                          frank113 Jun 9, 2012 10:37 AM

                          Actually, I think "they're done" would be generally what is used to indicate that set of circumstances.

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                            Scott_R Jun 9, 2012 01:20 PM

                            "They're done"? Were they being cooked?

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                              frank113 Jun 10, 2012 08:15 AM

                              If you ever get the chance ask a farmer or a backyard gardener what they say when a crop's harvest time frame has passed. "No. No more ramps. They're done for the year" or something very much like that will be the response much more often than not.

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                          MacTAC Jun 5, 2012 04:57 PM

                          No, they're available all over the North Fork when I was there a couple of days ago.

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                            coll Jun 11, 2012 07:24 PM

                            Just took a ride all the way out, and every farm stand is basically strawberries and asparagus. Not much else yet.

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                              MacTAC Jun 11, 2012 08:29 PM

                              Patty's Berries, my favorite for the early strawberry variety, also had Sugar Snap Peas a few days ago. The weekend before, I was out at Latham's in Orient and they had a new (to me at least) turnip, very small, white and sweet.

                              I'm likely heading out again in a couple of days for strawberries, rhubarb and? The forecasted rain might throw in a wrinkle, though...

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                                coll Jun 12, 2012 03:32 AM

                                Oh I did see peas at one or two places, didn't notice rhubarb though. Everything is so early this year, I heard there might be corn by the end of June.

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