The large strawberries are Albion. We learned about these from The Costco Connection. Costco contracts with farmers to grow Albion strawberries for them to sell in their stores. The smaller strawberries are called Tristar. I don't remember how we found out about them but have been growing them for a few years now.
We purchased our strawberry plants from Sakuma Market Stand from Burlington, WA. The catalog describes the strawberries:
- Albion--A new release from UC Davis. Fruit is long, conical, symmetrical; firm with excellent flavor. Resists verticillum wilt, phytophthora crown rot and some resistance to anthracnose crown rot. Susceptible to root rot and must be planted in well-drained soil, with crown set at soil level. Yield under the best of conditions is about one basket per plant per season. June bearers generally produce a single large crop in spring to early summer (as early as March in warmer regions such as Southern California and Florida) and are prolific producers for 3 to 4 weeks. Are especially suitable for growers who wish to harvest a constant supply of berries throughout the summer.
- Tristar--Everbearing, similar to Tribute, but noticeably sweeter and more aromatic. Medium size, symmetrical, short conic fruit. Firm, glossy, deep red skin. Solid, medium red flesh. Excellent for fresh eating and freezing. Medium size plants; moderate number of runner which bloom and bear fruit before rooted; good for hanging baskets. Fall crop is heaviest. Cool fall weather brings larger, more elongated fruit.
I love this time of year when the fruit starts and the garden is looking fresh with new baby plants:) The raspberry bushes are loaded with green berries so it won't be long before we are eating raspberries as well. Strawberry Shortcake, fresh Strawberry and/or Raspberry Lemonade--my mouth is watering already!!!
Enjoy today! Kat