Locally Grown Organic Strawberry vs. Grocery Store Bought Strawberry
Is there really a big enough difference to go out of your way to buy local, organic produce?
I recently bought a 16 oz carton of strawberries from the grocery, they looked plump and red just as strawberries should. We ate them, they tasted just like other strawberries I have bought, nothing out of the ordinary. I put them in smoothies or sweetened them with a little sugar for dessert.
A few days later I went to an event that was promoting Savour Nashville (Posts About This Awesome Event Coming Soon!), where they gave all who attended a carton of locally grown, organic strawberries among other things. These particular strawberries were grown in College Grove, TN at Delvin Farms.
So the test came about today when I went to make a salad for myself with some sliced strawberries...I eyed the two cartons wondering which one to use up first. Then I decided, I can finally find out the TRUTH once and for all, about organic Strawberries that is. Are they REALLY worth were the extra money or the extra time of having to go to a farmers market or some place other than a big Grocery store to get them.
So first I tested the shape, size, and color (inside and out)...
The Grocery Store Variety: Yes these were almost gone, but they were definitely "giant" berries
Local and Organic: These were noticeably smaller than the other variety
Organic (Right) and Grocery (Left): The Organic definitely had more of a ruby red color, the Grocery had more of a rubbery looking skin
These next 2 pictures speak for themselves, Organic(Right), Grocery(Left)
The color difference was really intense inside, I was actually quite surprised about this!
As far as the Taste Test: The Organic variety was juicy and so naturally sweet, I found myself actually craving the strawberries. They didn't need a bit of added sugar! Then I went to the Grocery Variety...absolutely NO COMPARISON! They almost tasted bitter after eating the other variety, and the texture certainly did not have the juicy, succulence that the organic had. I have never considered myself an "organic snob," but I may be after this test! At least with Strawberries I will be! We owe it to ourselves and our families to experience the "real" thing in our foods.
Murfreesboro has wonderful Farmers Markets such as The Rutherford County Market on John Rice Blvd on Tuesday and Friday mornings beginning May 13 and Saturday Market On the Square starting June 4th. I will actually be doing some Demos at the Market on John Rice Blvd (Tuesdays and Fridays) using the seasonal fresh produce. Samples will be provided, it will surely be a fun learning experience for kids and adults! Take advantage of the local produce and support our farmers, it is TOTALLY worth it!
Hands Down Winner: Delvin Farms Website