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Best Summer Fruits

Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 03:13 AM

Hi All - newbie here. Was wondering if anybody can recommend a store/stand between Boston and Worcester with the best summer fruits like kiwi, strawberries and citrus. A lot of times the local supermarkets have sub-par quality even though fruits look and smell fine. Any input would be greatly appreciated.


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    saulblum RE: Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 04:58 AM

    Russo's in Watertown

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      treb RE: Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 05:02 AM

      I find Market Basket fruits to be better than most.

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        pinehurst RE: treb Jul 16, 2013 06:09 AM

        To tweak this answer slightly, it depends on the location. Some stores seem to get the primo produce, others, the bottom of the crate. I find this to be the same in the meat dept too.

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        Madrid RE: Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 05:43 AM

        Russo's and Arax, both in Watertown.

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          addiez RE: Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 05:58 AM

          Are you looking for local fruit? You won't find much citrus or kiwi at most farmstands, since it isn't really grown around here. Also, citrus is generally considered a winter fruit more than a summer one.

          Russo's is commonly said to have the best produce around. Wilson Farms and Verrill Farm are also great, although you'll find less fruit shipped from South America there.

          1. Allstonian RE: Jameson1982 Jul 16, 2013 06:03 AM

            Russo's in Watertown had excellent produce of all sorts (except that for some reason I'm never happy with their tomatoes, even at the height of the summer season.)

            However, neither kiwis nor citrus fruits are summer fruits. Their growing season in the US is wintertime. This time of year anyplace selling those fruits is presumably getting them from a country in the southern hemisphere.

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              hotoynoodle RE: Allstonian Jul 16, 2013 06:18 AM

              However, neither kiwis not citrus fruits are summer fruits. Their growing season in the US is wintertime.



              any citrus in the stores right now has either been in storage since dec/jan, or shipped many thousands of miles. relative to other places, california produces a very small kiwi crop and that is harvested in oct/nov.

              local strawberry season is also finished. you may find a few canadian stragglers, but again, everything else will be shipped from far away.

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                Jenny Ondioline RE: hotoynoodle Jul 16, 2013 10:45 AM

                As of yesterday morning, Russo's still had a ready supply of strawberries from a farm in Deerfield.

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                  hotoynoodle RE: Jenny Ondioline Jul 16, 2013 10:47 AM

                  i so wish russo's was anywhere near my usual orbit. :(

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              Jameson1982 RE: Jameson1982 Jul 18, 2013 09:15 PM

              Thanks All - I will try Russo's this weekend since I'll be in Waltham.

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                viperlush RE: Jameson1982 Jul 19, 2013 12:00 PM

                Russo's is great and if I lived on the neighborhood and did not have a CSA share I would shop there more often. However, I have had problems with moldy fruit ( mainly berries and stone fruit) in the summer. Just make sure to check it before buying.

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                  Crazy Egg RE: Jameson1982 Jul 19, 2013 03:33 PM

                  Russo's during the weekend is not for the faint of heart. It can become packed. Try to get there on the early side if you can (before 10am, some may say earlier) to beat the crowds. I am lucky I live close, so I try to drop by during 'off-hours' during the week. Happy fruit shopping!

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                    PinchOfSalt RE: Jameson1982 Jul 20, 2013 11:57 AM

                    I shop a lot at Russo's. Having said that, when it comes to peaches, I head to Wilson's. Don't know why, but I have had consistently better experiences with peaches from Wilson's. Maybe it is the way they are stored? Dunno.

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                      bear RE: PinchOfSalt Jul 20, 2013 12:50 PM

                      Funny, I completely agree about the stone fruit from Russo's. I usually get mine at Wilson, too. Russo's seems pretty small and not fully tree-ripened. It usually has a slight greenish hue and doesn't soften and get juicy.

                      Otherwise, most of the Russo's stuff is excellent.

                  2. philbog RE: Jameson1982 Jul 20, 2013 05:37 AM

                    Although they don't have the selection of Russo's, the produce at Baza in Newton is very good - and much cheaper.

                    1. rlh RE: Jameson1982 Jul 20, 2013 12:56 PM

                      Russo's as noted is good and reasonably priced. Wilson Farm in Lexington is generally very good and pricier - like Whole Foods but more local with more flavor and lower prices on local stuff by far and lower in general, but not by a lot.

                      The Farmers Markets around town are a great source at a premium price as well, but more of a temporary stand than anything else.

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