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Strawberry Prices Expected to Drop Dramatically

This Spring, strawberry eaters can rejoice: the price of the beloved berry has dropped to an unusual low. The same Florida freeze that caused Tropicana to raise orange juice prices is having the reverse effect for strawberries. The cold weather delayed the annual harvest, and now Florida's berries are set to hit the market at the same time as California's crop — meaning there's a surplus of strawberries. Last week, 80 million pounds of strawberries were picked — a new record for this time of year. In 2009, a pound of strawberries cost $3.49, but thanks to the extra berries customers can now pick up a pound for just $1.25. Since strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, I'm already brainstorming about what I'll make with the berries. How about you? Will you purchase more strawberries at a cheaper price?

MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
Makes me very happy. They were on sale this week for $1.50 so I got my first 2 containers of the year. I'm so excited I'm about to break into them right now lol
smileyface smileyface 7 years
OMG Party, I totally just bookmarked the strawberry crumb cake recipe. My mouth watered just from reading your post!!!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
I meant agua fresca de Fresa, not the agua that doesnt make much sense. :-)
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
What a great news!! I LOVE Strawberries! A couple of weeks ago i ate two whole baskets all by myself, and they weren't even that sweet. I like to eat them alone, with waffles, and making some refreshing Agua Fresca de Agua!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Man, that is some AWESOME news! It's about time something got cheaper for a change. I may have to make some strawberry rhubarb preserves or something with them. Yummy!!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i wish grape prices would do the same. stupid earthquake in chile...
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
*squeals in delight* I can't wait! I want to make some strawberry recipes galore!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
YAY!! Love the berries. Will this affect the cost of berries sold at farmer's markets?? I tend to get a 1/2 flat to last me the week. I prefer to shop at the FM's rather than the grocery stores for my fresh fruits. Oh, and I will be making loads of shortcake, cupcakes, pie and try my hand at some crepes.
michlny michlny 7 years
Wonder if this trend will affect organic berries as well?
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
I've purchased some down here in Central Illinois for $2, but when I was up in Chicagoland last weekend I got them for $.64!!! We had them over angel food cake w/whipped cream for Easter dessert, and also made a spinach salad with sliced berries, sugared almonds, and a balsamic dressing. Man, was THAT good! I'll put them in my yogurt and cottage cheese, too, for as long as I gan get them!
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I'm dying to make Martha's strawberry shortcake jellies and Food & Wine's warm strawberry crumb cake.
benheld benheld 7 years
Had some delicious chocolate covered strawberries this weekend which were unseasonably good for this time of year. YUM!
smileyface smileyface 7 years
Definitely! I actually just bought some strawberries a little while ago when I was in the store today. So many of my favorite desserts include strawberries. I am dying to make the strawberry shortcake that Yum made on Valentine's day again because it was delicious and I also want to make the strawberry shortcake recipe from the Neeleys. I'm very excited that strawberries will be cheaper!
Beaner Beaner 7 years
They were half price at my grocery store this week, but they looked yucky, so I didn't buy them. It's a shame so many will go to waste.
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