January's hard-freeze warnings worried many in Louisiana's multimillion-dollar strawberry industry, but despite the harsh weather, some farmers were able to save their juicy wares. Some farmers started harvesting in November, though the season typically runs through May, with a peak in March or April (just in time for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival). Good quality, early springtime berries are super-sweet and light. Heather Robertson of Ponchatoula's Johndale Farm, whose husband will be crowned king at this year's festival (April 3-5), offers strawberries at the Crescent City Farmers Markets on Tuesday and Saturday. You can also find the fruit at the Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, from Thomas Waren of Deluxe Harvest.
The Crescent City Farmers Market is at Uptown Square (at River Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at Magazine and Girod streets from 8 a.m. to noon o Saturday.
Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market is at 484 Sala Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.