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Jun 17, 2012 09:20 PM

Where to get Meyer lemon?

Can I buy these in the Bay Area, especially East Bay, or do I just need to know someone with a lemon tree? Is about now the season for them? Thanks.

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  1. Berkeley Bowl has them.

    1. You might be able to buy them, but they are sort of out of season. Meyers bear year-round, but the heavy production is in the late winter/early spring, which is when they're widely commercially available.

      Check Berkeley Bowl. And ask around -- as I said, most Meyer lemon trees have at least some fruit year round -- I picked a dozen off my Mom's last week.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanks Ruth. I guess I missed the main part of the season for this year. Will check B.B. and also keep an eye out at the right time next year.

        1. re: bythebay

          Retail sales of Meyers are a bit odd: trees are a dime a dozen around east bay neighborhoods, but they carry a pretty high premium in stores. Find a neighbor with a tree and ask if they mind if you occassionally harvest a few when available.

            1. re: ML8000

              The can get down to $2/lb in season. But yeah, for those of us who have (or know someone who has) a tree, buying them during the season is silly, because the damn things are prolific!

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Which suggests there is money to be made. Parents with a meyer lemon tree: next time, forget about helping your kids with a lemonade stand --have them set up a lemon stand!

                1. re: MagicMarkR

                  True. Or you can take them to Phoenix Pastaficio and trade them for pasta (especially if it's not peak season)

        1. if you go to the Marin Farmers Markets (Thurs/Sun), there's a great vendor there who picked his tree clean a couple weeks ago, but still had some to sell yesterday. These are really nice ones, like what you'd find in a backyard (I'll use BB's in a pinch, but they are not near as fragrant).
          Anyway, on Thursday's he's right next to Full Belly and on Sundays, he's in the middle of the back, kind of across from Marin Sun Farms.
          Season is technically over, but they last on the trees so long they are ALMOSt (not quite) year round in the East Bay.

          1. How many do you need and where are you?