Fresh fruit poll redux

Thanks to all of you who voted in my “favorite local fruit” poll. And the winner, with 55 percent of the vote?

STRAWBERRIES!

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Photo from Jo, who rightly called me out on the poor quality of my earlier photo.

You guys had a lot of berry thoughts to share. Here’s just a few:

Jo said she picked about 12 quarts total of the biggest and most delicious strawberries at Dover Township’s Barefoot Farm; that’s where the photo is from. She also says: “Fortunately, blueberries, which are excellent for the heart, become plentiful just as strawberries go out. They are my second most fav. And then there are cherries, peaches, plums, apples, cantaloupes. I vote ‘em all in!”

Mark says he doesn’t eat fruits (WHAT?) but adds: “I do remember a little orchard just north of Emigsville that we went to every fall to pick apples, watch them make apple butter and cider and of course buy some. … I also remember them opening up the strawberry fields around this time for ‘pick-your-own’ strawberries.” He was later able – through the power of the great and might Google, to find out that it was Forge Hill Orchards near Mount Wolf.

Melanie weighed in with a non-majority opinion: “I’ve never had peaches anywhere as good as the ones I’ve eaten in York County, so they’ve got my vote,” she wrote. “But I almost voted for cherries, because when I was little (a looooonnng time ago!) there were a couple of cherry trees back of the old high school in Manchester, and my grandpa and I would go back there and he’d hold me up so I could pick them. I have no idea what kind of cherries they were, but they were deep, dark red and very tart and juicy. I can remember the taste to this day.” I have to tell you, Melanie, those are the kinds of memories that make me LOVE being a Yorker.

Some of my Facebook fans weighed in, too.

Corey said he goes for ANYTHING from Brown’s.

Joe, one of the YDR’s freelancers, said “Starfire Peaches, which are grown near the grounds of Maize Quest in New Park (Southern York County!)” (That was new to me, Joe, so thanks for the recommendation!)

Cubby, who is also a columnist for our sister paper in Hanover, really liked the fresh fruit recipes. She has a request, though. “We need names of markets here around Hanover!” she said. (Oh, and she was with Melanie on the peaches.)

Can anyone help her out? Good markets near Hanover? Comment and let me know!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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3 Responses to Fresh fruit poll redux

  1. Jo says:

    Everytime I see that photo I begin to drool. The photo, by the way, was actually taken here at home. The berries though are from my favorite Dover berry patch, Barefoot Farm. As of this past Monday I picked a total of 17 quarts of strawberries this season. I have about 1.5 dozen jars of jam in the freezer, have frozen several bags whole, have given some to neighbors, eaten bowls of them, thoroughly enjoyed several fresh strawberry sundaes, and if I ever get the shortcake made, will eat strawberry shortcake with the last of them.
    Now, black raspberries are soon ready to pick so back to the berry patch and back to the kitchen!

  2. Angela says:

    Hanover Markets….
    1) The Market House downtown open Saturday mornings
    2) Fresh and Flavor Full – 2 locations – Route 116 west of McSherrystown & Iron Ridge Road & Route 116 intersection
    3) Buttercup Market on Route 194 between Abbottstown & E. Berlin
    4)Brownvalley Farm in Littlestown pick your own berries. The blueberries are great!
    I’ve been to all of these places and they all offer great produce!

  3. Angela says:

    Hanover Markets….
    1) The Market House downtown open Saturday mornings
    2) Fresh and Flavor Full – 2 locations – Route 116 west of McSherrystown & Iron Ridge Road & Route 116 intersection
    3) Buttercup Market on Route 194 between Abbottstown & E. Berlin
    4)Brownvalley Farm in Littlestown pick your own berries. The blueberries are great!
    I’ve been to all of these places and they all offer great produce!

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