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Market Watch: A world of extraordinary flavors in specialty and exotic strawberries

Excerpt from The LA Times, July 14, 2010

Alpine strawberries, also called "wild" strawberries or fraises des bois, are a different species (Fragaria vesca), much smaller, softer and more aromatic than most varieties of the common garden strawberry (F. ananassa). A romantic allure accompanies them, but they're only at their best when fully developed and ripe; underripe fruits are sour, overripe ones are mushy, and tiny, scrawny specimens covered with seeds are bitter.

Their shelf life is the blink of an eye, and they're insanely laborious to pick, so just a few growers raise them, notably Pudwill Berry Farms of Nipomo and Jaime Farms of City of Industry, which mainly sell these fragile berries at Santa Monica Wednesday. Pudwill recently cut back their plants and won't have wild strawberries for another month or so; Jaime will have them through June or July, but in small quantities, which tend to be scooped up by purveyors for restaurants, so one must stop by as the market opens or reserve in advance.

Farmer's Market - Pudwill Farms Blueberries

Excerpt from The Flower Lab, February 9, 2010

The past couple of weeks, I have been enamored by the plump, sweet blueberries grown by the coastal farm, Pudwill Berry Farm of Nigomo, CA. I like to plop these into my cereal and know I am ingesting some crazy delicious healthy fruit! I have never been a huge blueberry fan because I’ve usually had only tart or flavorless ones. But these are so plump, juicy, and sweet, it’s like eating just picked blueberries from New Jersey in the summer! Although constant sunshine of California may make the berries sweeter, proper storage is just as important as the mild climate that helps the fruit mature and ripen over a longer period of time.

Coastal blueberries start appearing in February and peak in April/May. Randy and Pyoungyun Pudwill grow theirs year-round in hoop houses. In addition to blueberries, they grow other types of delicious berries like raspberries and blackberries.

Farmer Friends - Pudwill Farms

Excerpt from Harvest Sensations, September 17, 2009

Pudwill grows over twenty varieties of berries. Pudwill grows berries year round because Randy has figured out which varieties of berries grow best during each season. In November through March the berries are grown in hoop houses to protect them from colder weather. In season right now at Pudwill's stand you will find red and golden raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and some specialty picked to order berries she reserves for pre-paying loyal customers.

Where to buy blueberries in California

Exerpt from LA Times, May 27, 2009

Fresh blueberries and berry products can be purchased at Southern California farmers markets and farm stands throughout California. Or pick berries yourself at U-pick farms.

These are recommended sources for blueberries and closely related wild fruits. Unless otherwise specified, they sell fresh southern highbush blueberries. Seasons depend on nature and may change.

* Pudwill Berry Farm (Randy and Pyongyun Pudwill), Nipomo. Farmers markets: Wednesday: Santa Monica; Thursday: Thousand Oaks; Saturday: Santa Monica (organic and Virginia Park); Sunday: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City..from LA Times

Buying Berries

Excerpt from The NY Times, July 25, 2007

Below are sources for fresh blackberries, with recommended varieties and seasons. Intensely flavored blackberries like Boysen and Marion are especially worth searching out on the West Coast.

PUDWILL FARMS Nipomo, Calif. Varieties: Boysen, Nectar, Marion, Olallie, Triple Crown, Navaho and Kiowa, year-round.


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