The Sweetest Strawberries in Years

May 24, 2013 | By | Comments (2)
Photo by Gary Clark

Photo by Gary Clark

Who needs Google when you work in a building full of experts on Southern culture, homes, gardens, food, and style. When I wanted a rec for the best white paint for the crown molding in my dining room, I asked Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman (Benjamin Moore Ivory White 925). Associate Editor Caroline McKenzie’s got my back when I need a tutorial (for the 14th time) on how to fold a pocket square.

And who do I turn to to find out what’s popping at the farmers’ market this weekend? The greenest thumb at SL HQ (and probably in all of Birmingham), Garden Editor Gene Bussell.

Yesterday, Gene spoke at a meeting about the epic strawberries at the market, and the whole staff fell into a berry rapture. “It’s been a cool, wet spring across much of the South following a mild winter,” Gene announced. “This ‘English spring’  means that strawberries were able to develop slowly, growing fat and sweet—building their sugars in the mild weather.” Look for “the sweetest strawberries in years” at your local farmers’ markets in the Birmingham area and across much of the South over the next few weeks.

Need ideas to celebrate this English spring berry bounty? Our Test Kitchen has 25 fantastic strawberry recipes.

Berry Bonus: “Blackberries and blueberries will ripen later than last year,” Gene says. “But it’s a bumper crop—with lots of fruit forming from all the rain, so don’t worry, there will be plenty of berries to choose from just around the corner.”


  1. tunisa foster

    How can I buy the sweeties big straeberries

    April 25, 2015 at 8:55 pm
  2. Jessica Stringer

    Hunter, I stopped by Pepper Place on Saturday and saw Gene. I managed to get some strawberries although I bought far too few. I had a mozzarella and strawberry salad every night this three-day weekend. Gene was right–delicious!

    May 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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