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May 8, 2013 05:52 AM

Local strawberries available yet?

By local I mean close in VA or MD (DC metro area). I was wondering because spring has been so cool tho I do see the Fresh Farm markets opened May 1.

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  1. How local do you consider the Northern Neck? That's were the strawberries I bought at the College Park market came from.

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    1. re: Mer_Made

      Yes, that is local to me! Good to know. I will try the Crystal City Fresh Farm market on Tuesday and see what they have and also the Alexandria market.

      1. re: Mer_Made

        How were they? Is this the sunday market in downtown cp?

        1. re: dcish

          It was the Sunday market. They weren't bad, but probably could have used another day or so ripening. I think they'll probably be better this week.

          1. re: Mer_Made

            Thank you for answering. I'll have to check it out this sunday!

      2. Based on my garden (in Loudoun County), not quite yet.

        1. They were at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market this morning...

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            1. re: curioussheridan

              I tried some green strawberries that had amazing flavor. Tart as all get out. Was told this is the weekend for Virginia strawberries to start coming in.

          1. We got some at the Vienna farmers' market on Saturday, and they were pretty flavorless. Not quite ready yet, but close...

            1. I picked up some at the farmers market in Stone Ridge yesterday. The color of the berries caught my eye, the aroma closed the deal. Outstanding.

              No berries in my garden, yet.

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              1. re: Bob W

                Is that the one at the library? How was it? I'm planning to bike up there tomorrow. Is there anything I should look out for. Sadly, I had no idea we even had a farmer's market until I got the most recent newsletter...

                1. re: Hobbert

                  Yes, by the library -- the South Riding market has moved yet again. The market looks like it will be good -- nice mix of produce, meats, baked goods, honey. etc. The first weekend they also had a middle-school-age band from Bach to Rock who played, among other things, a respectable cover of "Keep 'em Separated." 8<D

                  There's also a good barbecue guy and a coffee truck.

                  The guy with the strawberries also had lots of nice lettuce.

                  1. re: Bob W

                    Sounds good. Thanks for the info!