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Jul 30, 2014 08:34 AM

Will drive for strawberries--any "local" ones around (presumably from Canada)?

OK, I know I'm starting to sound like an obsessive, but I'm going through strawberry withdrawal already. Last year, some places (Wilson Farms, Verrill) had the Canadian ones for a while, and they were pretty great (though pricey--you sometimes get what you pay for). No where local to me has them this year, at least not yet. Anyone seen them?

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  1. WF has those freaky ones from Connecticut. I don't know what they do to them to extend the season and they don't taste quite as good as real in-season ones, but at least they don't look like the genetically modified plastic ones that come from wherever.

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    1. re: Scruffy The Cat

      This past weekend, i saw some at a CT farmstand
      that said local and I raised an eyebrow.

      1. re: Scruffy The Cat

        They're called "day-neutral" strawberries. If you google it, you'll get the full explanation, but basically their bearing season isn't controlled by the length of day like "normal" strawberries. They're not as awesome, but they certainly can be local.

      2. Applecrest Orchards still had them at the farmers' market a week ago, but I didn't go this week. I don't think they're open to the public, and I can't even recall the name of the farm, but the farm that does our CSA had their own strawberries in our share yesterday, so they must be able to be grown in the area. (The farm, for what it's worth, is in Peabody.)

        1. You could give Allandale Farm a call. I know they've carried Canadian strawberries in the past and I have a vague memory of seeing from from Quebec there a couple of weeks ago.

          1. There are day-neutral (ever-bearing) varieties of strawberries that farms plant for limited summertime supply (as opposed to the short-season abundance of June-bearing strawberry varieties).

            1. Ward's Berry Farm had them at the Harvard (Science Center) farmers market on Tuesday. I did not get them so know idea how they were but they looked decent.