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Where do you go to buy the best fresh strawberries?

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Where do you go to buy the best fresh strawberries?

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Brian (OC) | | Feb 26, 2004 12:00 PM

Now that it's strawberry season, I am looking to buy some good, fresh, sweet, luscious strawberries.

I have not been really happy with most of the berries I find now-a-days which I have been told are of the Camarosa variety. They seem tougher and not as flavorful as the softer, sweeter, more luscious Chandler variety I have been used to.

Unfortunately the Camarosa is the dominant variety grown in California (displacing the Chandler) partly because their firmness allows them to travel well. They are also a good looking berry because of their naturally large size and great deep red color. However when it comes to taste and texture they miss the boat for my tastes.

Went to the Santa Maria Strawberry Festival one year and they had 3 or 4 different varieties and the Chandler stood out as the best.

I also got some good berries at a stand in Oxnard but I am hoping to get some closer to home.

Can anyone tell me where I can get the best strawberries? Preferably in Orange County but if they are the best, I will travel.

Thanks in advance for the tips!

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