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May 20, 2013 05:27 PM

Best strawberries I ever done had....

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

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    1. re: foodieX2

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

      1. re: foodieX2

        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!

        1. re: BostonZest

          Where did you get them? At Atlas itself?

          1. re: Science Chick

            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.

            1. re: Science Chick

              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.

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

          1. Certainly not local, where are they from?

            1. 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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              1. re: BostonZest

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

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

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

              2. 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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                1. re: Science Chick

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

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    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.........

                  2. re: Science Chick

                    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.

                    1. re: Prav

                      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! :)

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        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.

                        1. re: bear

                          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!!

                          1. re: bear

                            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!

                        2. re: Prav

                          Maybe the flats were from the raspberries?