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Where do you go for grapes in Florida?

SmallSteps3000 Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

Your run of the mill grapes at the Publix supermarkets are alright tasting... but I'm looking for something a bit "better".

After going to a Farmer's market down the street, and finding them selling the exact same grapes packaged in the exact same bagged labels-- I'm beginning to wonder if that is all there is to choose from.

Where do you go for great-tasting grapes in Florida?

  1. erica Apr 12, 2013 02:49 PM

    Grapes are a fall fruit in most areas....what is around now is likely imported from Chile or other points south.

    Not sure if there is a local crop or when the season would be..

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    1. re: erica
      SmallSteps3000 Apr 14, 2013 03:57 PM

      Went back to the same Farmer's Market today... and sure enough on the label the bag said "from Chile".!

      Even if I were to wait for the fall to buy the grapes in season, what places would have them?

      1. re: SmallSteps3000
        jpr54_1 Apr 15, 2013 05:52 AM

        Have u tried Whole Foods, Fresh Market ?

        Which market did u go to?

        At yellow/green there r now 4/5 different stands selling fruit/vegetables

        1. re: jpr54_1
          erica Apr 15, 2013 07:30 AM

          Those markets are not going to be selling local grapes now, if ever. WF often sells Chilean grapes at high prices, up to $3.99 or even $4.99 per pound. Not even sure if grapes are grown here, given the climate.

          Up north in NY area, we get locally grown grapes in the fall only at local farmer's markets. Almost never in large supermarkets.

        2. re: SmallSteps3000
          Auger Apr 15, 2013 07:08 PM

          Most likely nothing you buy from that Farmer's Market is going to be local, or its all bought from wholesalers. I don't know of anyplace around here that grows grapes, but I know that Henscratch Farms has a Upick grapes, they're a little NW of Lake Okeechobee and thats in the fall, like August. You can ask the "Fresh from Florida" facebook page to see if there's anybody further south who grows grapes. I don't know if they'll reply. Also you can check the Florida Grape Growers Association website, and see if they can help.

        3. re: erica
          Frodnesor Apr 15, 2013 03:22 PM

          Other than maybe northern FL where you might find muscadines, I don't believe grapes are grown locally commercially at all, so wherever you get them, they're going to be from somewhere else.

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          LargeLife Apr 17, 2013 05:15 AM

          Frod is right on the money.....our "local" grapes come from the northern part of our state......Was north of Orlando recently....in the Ocala area....and saw wineries popping up.....so there are grapes.....Are they "table grapes"....THAT would be the question....

          Ft. Pierce, FL

          1. taiga Apr 17, 2013 06:38 PM

            Florida grapes are like Alaskan bananas.

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            1. re: taiga
              deet13 Apr 17, 2013 06:47 PM

              Actually, muscadines grow wild down here.

              Plus there are a few hybrid strains of grapes which were bred to grow in Florida.

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