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Any local strawberries still out there?

winedude Jul 8, 2013 08:19 AM

I'm totally bummed out that our local place, Wards Berry Farm, is done for the year, and we were out of town and missed the last few weeks.

Is there anyone in the Boston area that still has them?

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  1. Allstonian RE: winedude Jul 8, 2013 08:42 AM

    They're certainly close to the end, but check the farmer's markets this week if you can - I was pleasantly surprised to find that at least 4 stands still had strawberries at last Friday's Copley market.

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      bear RE: winedude Jul 8, 2013 09:51 AM

      Russo's in Watertown and Wagonwheel Farm on the Lexington/Waltham border often have Canadian berries when others don't. They aren't always luscious, but usually are worth eating. You might want to give them a call before you head there, though.

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        Gabatta RE: bear Jul 8, 2013 10:11 AM

        Wilson Farms had Canadian strawberries on Friday that were as good as any local berries we had this year. They were available outside (on your way in). The strawberries inside were commercial CA berries.

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          pollystyrene RE: Gabatta Jul 8, 2013 08:20 PM

          I just got some of those Canadian strawberries today at Whole Foods in Wayland, so maybe other WFs have them, too.

      2. Karl S RE: winedude Jul 8, 2013 10:37 AM

        I don't think you missed much. The wetness of June locally made for not-so-great quality overall (generally, an excess of rain make fruit and corn fat but bland), with occasional exceptions.

        1. BostonZest RE: winedude Jul 8, 2013 03:09 PM

          Get to a farmers' market early because something like the first or last of the strawberries go very quickly.


          1. dchow RE: winedude Jul 9, 2013 02:40 PM

            just a few hours ago my friend and i picked six quarts of strawberries just beyond the new hampshire border (more local than canadian strawberries!). they also sell them at their store.


            really easy to get to off of 95. just an hour away. this is probably their last week, though.

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              catsmeow RE: winedude Jul 9, 2013 02:52 PM

              This past weekend I got a qt at a farm stand in eastern Ct.

              1. pinehurst RE: winedude Jul 9, 2013 03:01 PM

                Have seen Canadian berries, but my CSA in Methuen is out. They have a sign that "due to weather, we had a smaller crop".

                1. BostonZest RE: winedude Jul 9, 2013 04:53 PM

                  I did get both strawberries and blueberries from Hamilton Orchards at the Copley Market today. But, they were out by the time I walked back by.

                  1. justbeingpolite RE: winedude Jul 10, 2013 06:01 AM

                    At Parlee's yesterday, they still had the PYO sign out for strawberries and blueberries.

                    1. Allstonian RE: winedude Jul 13, 2013 12:31 PM

                      To my surprise, there are STILL local strawberries around at the farmer's markets - Stillman's had them at their Saturday market in JP today, and Marshall's Farm Stand had some at their rather meagerly stocked stand at the Allston Village market.

                      (Honestly, I want SO much to support a farmer's market in my own neighborhood, but a table from Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, a bouncy castle, a DJ booth, a vegan bakery, and ONE farm stand with a tiny selection of goods including a box full of pink hothouse tomatoes in the middle of July...it's cute and it's got heart, but that's just not a farmer's market.)

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                        Jenny Ondioline RE: Allstonian Jul 13, 2013 09:24 PM

                        Not just a DJ booth, but a DJ booth that's selling the equivalent of the Fisher-Price My First Vinyl Starter Kit. (Really? You've got multiple Black Keys albums in the blues section? Laaaaaaaaaaaaame.) But yeah, for mid-July, that was the most pathetic excuse for a farmers market I have ever seen. I'm starting to suspect they want it to fail.

                        Russo's still has local (well, Deerfield) strawberries as well. Bought a very nice quart on Thursday.

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                        bear RE: winedude Jul 14, 2013 06:37 AM

                        Wilson had some nice-looking pints of small Canadian berries yesterday. Sorry, I forgot to check the price. I was after their own blueberries for breakfast this morning, which weren't cheap at $8.99/qt. but were tasty.

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