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Old 07-13-2019, 02:35 PM
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Good strawberries are always going to be local because good strawberries are ripened in the field until they're soft and sweet and as such they don't transport worth a damn. Here in Oregon we have the Hood variety--they're an early bearing plant that starts producing in mid to late May and the season for them is over sometime in June but while they're available they're amazing. I buy half flats at minimum (six pints) at farm stands and basically live on the things for a month or so.

We also have Rainier cherries, which have started to become more common in other areas as people figure out how good they are and plant trees. Rainier cherries are awesome for the same reason as Hood strawberries--they're very sweet and bruise easily and because they're a yellow/blush variety the bruises really show so transporting them more than a couple hundred miles maximum is going to be a logistical nightmare.

To find the best fruits in your area, find local farmer's markets or roadside fruit stands where fresh picked produce is sold hours after it left the field. You'll pay a little more but you're paying the grower directly and giving them all the love for doing the hard work.
Peaches are now on the market. Bought a flat at last Wednesday's farmers' market; sweet and juicy.
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