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May 18, 2014 07:33 AM

where can I find the best local strawberries?

- farmers markets or picking!

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  1. Not exactly what you're asking for but I had the most delicious strawberries from Bi-Rite 3 weeks ago. Ate them in Dolores Park with a bottle of sparkling rose... perfect Saturday afternoon!

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    1. re: OliverB

      Thanks Oliver. That sounds delicious!

      1. There is Lao Saetern’s Strawberry stand on Highway 12 out side of Sebastopol that usually has great Berries

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        1. re: chefj

          Thanks for the suggestion! Will try next weekend.

          1. re: chefj

            i second that suggestion. she's as sweet as her berries, too

            1. re: chefj

              I stopped here last Saturday, combined with a trip to Willibirds. The late plantings of Chandler and Albion strawberries are producing now. They're excellent for late season strawberries and better than many of our choices at the height of the season. Not quite as sweet as summer's but good texture and lovely aroma. The scent of those berries perfumed the car for a couple days.

              Also for sale, a big bag of bird chile peppers for $2 and three huge sweet red onions for $2.

              Given the sunny warm weather forecast for the next week, I bet the new crop will still be in good shape.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Amazing! Strawberries in November!

                1. re: Cynsa

                  And they're really good for late season berries. Of the three baskets we purchased, only about five had white shoulders.

            2. At the College of San Mateo Farmer's Market on Saturdays one berry vendor is at the top of my list for best strawberries, Medina. I have never been disappointed with theirs...

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              1. re: RWCFoodie

                Thanks RWCfoodie. I was in England a few years ago and they have the sweets little strawberries!
                BTW today I was at a fm in the Inner Sunset where I scored big plump blueberries from Santa Cruz. Delish!

                1. re: RWCFoodie

                  +1 for Medina strawberries, they are always the best.

                  1. re: RWCFoodie

                    Funny, I started out with Medina and switched to Rodriguez farms at the CSM market. They're all head and shoulders above, say, Safeway, but I'm now a loyal Rodriguez customer - 1/2 flat per week!

                  2. I don’t know the name of the farm, but at the Northwest corner of the Saturday Alemany Market there is a vendor that currently has a wide variety of excellent organic strawberries at not much more than the non-organic strawberries throughout the market. Their greens are really good as well.

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                    1. re: sunnyside

                      You're probably thinking of Tomatero Farm. They had a variety called Rosa or Rosas on Saturday that were amazing. Pretty much everything they grow is delicious.

                      1. re: srr

                        Thanks, yes I think that's it. Made a strawberry rhubarb crumble with them Saturday that tasted of pure summer.

                        1. re: sunnyside

                          Tomatero Farm usually has at least two or three varieties of strawberries, e.g., Seascape, Albion, Sweet Annes. Haven't had the Rosa. All very good, but best is to taste each of them that Saturday and see which crop you like the most. If you're willing to wait, they sometimes have super deals near the end of the farmer's market. We once split a whole flat for the normal price of three baskets.