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Best strawberries I ever done had....

Prav May 20, 2013 05:27 PM

Purchased 30 minutes ago, at Wilson Farms, Lexington. The aroma hits you as soon as you walk up to the stand; amazingly plump, bright, sexed-up-red specimens whose true strawberry taste hits you as soon as you bite into it. No pee-wee berries or flavorless gargantuans - a very consistent selection.

Unbelievably delicious.

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    shaebones May 21, 2013 11:41 PM

    I've been buying organic strawberries from the supermarket. They are unusually delicious. Must be a good year for strawberries, The flavor really shines.

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      chompie May 22, 2013 11:14 PM

      Has anyone tried the cherries? WIlson lists them as extra large bings.. I tried some at Caleresos and they were pretty tart/sour.. Anyone found any really sweet ones at Wilson or other places?

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        heypielady May 24, 2013 08:20 AM

        Agree. I bought driscoll organic strawberries and they have been better than usual.

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          Science Chick May 24, 2013 08:54 AM

          Wegman's in Northborough large (2 quart) packs for $6.99 each. Not a bad price for organic and they are delicious! Still, I always think that the strawbs are yummy until the sublime local ones come out.....then I smack myself in the head and wonder how I could ever have thought that the CA ones are any good.

      2. Science Chick May 21, 2013 01:17 PM

        I stopped by today to check these berries out. The sign says they are from California. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are just Driscoll's and/or one other brand that has "Berry" in the name. I think they just repackage them in the green containers to look pretty. The reason I think this: while I was shopping in the garden center a guy came out with a palette STACKED with Driscoll flat boxes that they were reusing for people to put their plants in at the checkout.

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          INDIANRIVERFL May 21, 2013 01:29 PM

          Nothing like dumpster diving to reveal what is actually going on.

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            Science Chick May 21, 2013 01:49 PM

            Well, I don't know if I would call it "dumpster diving" since I was just minding my own business buying some herb plants and a guy wheeled them right by me.........

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            Prav May 21, 2013 01:35 PM

            Damn, that's too bad - well they're still delicious. Thanks for the investigative work!

            I can confirm the raspberries are Driscoll, as we bought some of those as well.

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              Science Chick May 21, 2013 01:48 PM

              Hey, good is good......I was bummed that they weren't the Atlas ones, though, since they are organic. I don't buy conventional strawbs (one of the "dirty dozen"). On the bright side, I did get some of Wilson's own rhubarb and a crisp will be in the making tonight! :)

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                bear May 21, 2013 01:57 PM

                But isn't this peak strawberry season in parts of Cali? That would explain their deliciousness even if they're not local.

                SC, Wagon Wheel Farm on the Waltham line in Lexington usually has organic Driscoll's if you're looking for an easy place to grab them. Maybe the organics are also at peak ripeness.

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                  Science Chick May 21, 2013 03:08 PM

                  Thanks, Bear. Wagon Wheel is right in my neck of the woods and I go there occasionally...good to know about the organic Driscoll's. I just got some amazing organic ones from Shaw's from a California company called "Surfside Organics". They were luscious, and also BOGOF at $4.99!!

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                    treb May 21, 2013 07:11 PM

                    I have a relative in So CA, their season begins in early Feb and ends in Oct. The season begins to really get rolling in Mar. If these are Driscoll, I would pass on them, I can get those and Dole brand at Costco!

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                  Science Chick May 21, 2013 01:50 PM

                  Maybe the flats were from the raspberries?

              2. BostonZest May 21, 2013 04:04 AM

                I know that Atlas Farm has local strawberries from hightunnel or hoop houses. Perhaps Wilson Farm is doing the same.

                The ones from Atlas fit Prav's description.

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                  INDIANRIVERFL May 21, 2013 05:26 AM

                  You might also note the variety. There are hundreds of commercial varieties.

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                    BostonZest May 21, 2013 05:31 AM

                    Good idea, I'll ask Atlas at Copley today.

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                  treb May 21, 2013 02:57 AM

                  Certainly not local, where are they from?

                  1. opinionatedchef May 21, 2013 12:18 AM

                    prav, now we'll head there tomorrow, so thx much!

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                      foodieX2 May 20, 2013 05:29 PM

                      Where were they from? Thought it was too early for local.

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                        Prav May 20, 2013 05:32 PM

                        Not sure, there's no label. I thought the season began in late May/early June, so they may be local.

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                          foodieX2 May 20, 2013 05:47 PM

                          awesome, will keep my out.

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                          BostonZest May 21, 2013 04:04 PM

                          I bought four pints from Atlas today. One was a gift for someone who is always nice to my dog and the rest are for us. They are fabulous!

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                            Science Chick May 21, 2013 04:29 PM

                            Where did you get them? At Atlas itself?

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                              chompie May 21, 2013 10:11 PM

                              I bought strawberries at Wilson about 10 days ago, also gorgeous and from CA but I was disappointed compared to the last time I got some there. The recent ones tasted better than Driscvolls, not tart or pulpy , but the ones I had a couple months ago were smallish, but had a really unique special pure strawberry flavor unlike any I had found in years. I think they may have been from Chile.

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                                BostonZest May 22, 2013 03:27 AM

                                At the Atlas Farm Stand at the Copley Square Farmers' Market. I wanted to get there before they ran out so I was sitting beside the stand at opening.

                                I would guess that they will have more on Friday but Atlas has opened a farm stand out at the farm and some of the crop will be sold there. I would suggest getting there early.

                                I did ask about the variety but the staff did not remember.

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