| Here at Harry's Berries, we have conducted extensive taste trials to develop our present product line. All of|
our crop varieties were specifically selected for exceptional flavor. To further maximize flavor, everything is
picked at its moment of peak perfection. We are not certified organic due to the costs and paperwork
involved, but our farm has been 100% synthetic chemical free since 1998.
STRAWBERRIES - Premium quality specialty strawberries are our signature product and main crop. Commercially
produced varieties are bred to be study enough to withstand long shipping distances and time sitting on grocery shelves.
Our two non-commercial, specialty varieties are considered too delicate to ship but are far sweeter, juicier, and more
flavorful. Each berry is picked full-color, with no white shoulders or orange hue, at its perfect degree of ripeness.
GAVIOTA - Our Gaviota variety is very low acid and is a super sweet strawberry. Gaviotas are hard to beat eaten
fresh, right out of the basket because they are so incredibly sweet.
SEASCAPE - Our Seascape variety has more acid so has a stronger, more complex sweet-tart flavor. Seascapes
are great in sweetened desserts like shortcake or pie because the acid enhances the berry flavor and balances the
SEASON - Our strawberry harvest season generally begins in February or March with peak production in April, May, and
June. Production slows in July and August. Some, though far fewer, are available until November or December. If we
have a particularly dry and mild winter, it is even possible to have a few year-round.
STORAGE TIPS - Strawberries do not ripen further once they have been picked. They should be refrigerated as soon
as possible. The best way to store them is refrigerated, unwashed, sealed in an air-tight container (such as Tupperware),
with layers of dry paper towels underneath and on top of the fruit. The dry paper towels absorb the moisture caused by
condensation. Do NOT wash berries until you are ready to use them. Rinse gently in a colander with green tops attached.
Do not submerge in a sink or bowl of water because the fruit will absorb water and become soggy. Length of refrigerator
shelf-life depends on the time of season and the weather. Early season berries are firmer and can last up to a full week
refrigerated properly. Later in the season, in the heat of the summer, they may only last a couple of days, even
BEANS - Even though our strawberries made us famous, Harry's Berries is nearly as well known for our outstanding
selection of beautiful beans. Besides selecting great tasting varieties, beans must be picked at just the right moment to
be of the finest quality. Harvest only one day late and they can go from perfect to overly mature. Our beans are
consistently young, sweet, tender, and juicy.
BLUE LAKE - Our round Blue Lakes are dark green and velvety to the touch with a crisp, juicy texture. They are
great sauted, steamed, cooked with potatoes, cold in salads, or even raw.
HARICOTS VERTS - Our incredibly tiny Haricots Verts are delicate French filet beans, as thin as earthworms, which
are prized by fine-dining chefs and great home cooks alike. The Rolls Royce of beans, they are not just baby versions of
regular beans but are a completely different gourmet specialty variety. They are amazingly tender and delicious but
expensive to grow and particularly to harvest due to their tiny size.
YELLOW ITALIAN WAX ROMANOS - Our flat Yellow Italian Wax Romanos are a yellow counterpart to the flat green
Romanos traditionally used in minestrone soup. They have a hearty, slightly nutty bean flavor and are fantastic oven
roasted, sauted, or in soups and stews. They are also a favorite of our chef customers.
SEASON - Beans are a warm weather crop and are generally available from May or June until November. We also grow
some in hoophouses (greenhouses) later in the year so small amounts may be available through December or January.
STORAGE TIPS - Fresh beans are remarkably resilient and can last up to 10 days, refrigerated properly. Wrap them in
dry paper towels (to absorb condensation) and refrigerate them in a sealed storage container or plastic bag. All of our
beans are stringless so no need to cut off both ends. Just remove stem ends and leave the pretty little tip on the other
TOMATOES - We grow several varieties of tasty tomatoes. All of our tomatoes are picked fully vine-ripened for optimum
flavor and sweetness.
BIG BEEF- For slicing, sandwiches, and burgers you can't beat our Big Beefs! Rich and juicy, they have that classic
beefsteak tomato flavor. They have a perfect balance of natural sugars and acid. Also great for a refreshing Caprese
salad of sliced Big Beefs, basil, and fresh mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil.
CHERRY, GRAPE, AND PLUM - We grow several types of small tomatoes. We have deep yellow cherry tomatoes
that are unbelievably sweet with a hint of tropical fruit flavor. We also have a red cherry tomato, great combined with the
yellow for color contrast. Cherry tomatoes are terrific in salads, oven roasted or sauteed and tossed with pasta, on
kabobs, or as a snack straight out of the basket. Our red grape tomatoes are meatier, with less water and our plum
tomatoes are perfect for sauces or sliced into circles for salads.
SEASON - Because we grow them in hoophouses during the cooler months, we generally have tomatoes available from
June until January or February.
STORAGE TIPS - Tomatoes should not be refrigerated. Home refrigerators are too cold for tomatoes and will change
their texture and diminish their flavor. Store them in a cool spot on your kitchen counter out of direct sunlight and they will
last 5-7 days.
PRESERVES, SALSA, DILL BEANS, AND STRAWBERRY DRINK - We try hard to offer the very best produce to our
customers so we don't send leftover produce to another market the next day. It no longer meets our quality standards.
Whatever produce is leftover at the end of a market day comes back to the farm for its reincarnation.
PRESERVES - Leftover strawberries are made into preserves without added pectin. It is made the old-fashioned way,
with just fruit and sugar, slow cooked until it's naturally thickened. Also makes a terrific ice cream topping.
SALSA - Leftover tomatoes are made into zesty salsa. Made with our vine-ripened Big Beef tomatoes, first you taste
the sweetness of the tomatoes, then you taste the zing of the chiles. Great with chips or on top of egg dishes. Available in
medium or hot.
DILL BEANS - You have to like hot foods to appreciate our spicy pickled green or yellow Dill Beans. They are best
eaten cold so chill before serving.
STRAWBERRY DRINK - Leftover strawberries are juiced, mixed with a splash of water and a pinch of sugar, and
bottled as our delicious and refreshing Strawberry Drink. Tastes like drinking a strawberry!
SEASON - Generally available year-round.
STORAGE TIPS - All jarred items will last up to one year, unopened. After opening, refrigerate and use preserves and
dill beans within one month. After opening, refrigerate and use salsa within one week. Strawberry drink should be used
within 2-3 days.