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Pudwill Berry Farm, why do you suck?

cacio e pepe Oct 14, 2012 09:32 AM

First, let me say that Pudwill grows some exceptional mission figs.

But how is it possible that these guys keep charging obscene prices for berries that aren't even as tasty as what I can buy at Whole Foods . . . for less money!

As I see it, their only positive is that they always have berries. Always. But if there is any other vendor selling berries at the market they are, without exception, better than what Pudwill is selling. Even when conditions and weather conspire to make it technically impossible to grow bad berries, another vender is growing sweeter, more interesting berries and charging less for them.

Maybe we can build a groundswell here and another, more worthy, berry vendor will be able to squeeze into the always competitive market space. I don't know. Perhaps not. If I can prevent one more person from overpaying for bitter, tart, unripe berries then that's something, I guess.

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    bulavinaka Oct 14, 2012 09:39 AM

    I know where you're coming from. When I want berries and know I'm heading to the FM, I almost always have Pudwill in mind. They're reliable for having at least three or four types/varieties of berries on hand. But I'm never bowled over by what I get. The appearance of the produce is usually good, but I never seem to consider the tastes anything beyond satisfactory. The flip side is they tend to hold up well after a couple days - I'm guessing Pudwill picks their berries maybe a day or two shy of peak ripeness?

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      carter Oct 15, 2012 07:56 PM

      Agreed totally.
      The figs are the best things they sell, but at $5 a basket, like the berries unless you purchase 3 baskets for $13, well....
      And some of the personalities who sell these products in various local Farmer's Markets need to pull their heads out....
      They are not selling gold, just figs and berries.

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      1. re: carter
        maudies5 Oct 15, 2012 08:04 PM

        I can find good blueberries in a lot of venues. However, Pudwill does seem to have consistently good blackberries. Raspberries, not so much.

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          cacio e pepe Oct 16, 2012 07:04 AM

          I've had worse luck, I suppose. For me, the blackberries are the worst thing they sell. Nearly always tart, but often bitter, too.

        2. re: carter
          cacio e pepe Oct 16, 2012 11:51 AM

          Right! Though Harry's berries evidently *is* selling gold at those prices. But, hey, at least they are always delicious.

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          Dirtywextraolives Oct 16, 2012 08:13 AM

          Have you ever tried to return the unripe berries you bought and speak to them about their consistent pattern of selling unripe berries?

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives
            carter Oct 17, 2012 09:36 PM

            funny you should ask.
            My previous post referred to the personnel running their markets.
            They have NO clue - they are strictly money handlers.

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