Swanton Berry Farm grows a delicious Chandler variety of strawberry that's delicate and complex in flavor and gentle in texture. They're currently sending us some berries from second year plants, meaning that the berries might be a bit smaller, but just as delicious. These berries, along with everything else that Swanton grows, are Food Justice Certified by the Agricultural Justice Project.
For the first time ever this year, Swanton Berry Farm is using 100% organic strawberry starts
, a practice that is almost unheard of in the organic strawberry business, where most organic growers still source their starts from conventional nurseries that use dangerous fumigants that are known to have devastating effects on human health and the environment
. Using organic starts nearly tripled Swanton's planting costs this year, but we're proud to support Swanton's decision by continuing to buy and sell their berries and helping to spread the word about yet another industry-leading practice that makes Swanton Berry Farm one of our favorite farms to work with.Please note: because the Chandler is such a delicate variety, we recommend that you consume or freeze them within a day or two of delivery.
We also suggest that you keep them in the fridge until an hour or two before you plan on eating them. Swanton picks their strawberries for us the morning of their afternoon delivery, and we send them out within two days of our delivery to ensure that you get these delicate berries while they're still fresh! The berries that you generally see in clamshells at the supermarket may be able to last much longer at home, but that comes at the expense of flavor. They're picked for long shelf life and shippability, instead of flavor!