World's Best Strawberry? Harry's Berries Organic Strawberries

Close your eyes and imagine the smell of a perfect strawberry. It’s light, fresh and…what else?

If you’re having a hard time conjuring the deeply floral, jammy, caramel-tinged aroma of fresh strawberries, it’s probably because you, like most consumers, rarely get to experience the wonder of a field-fresh strawberry.

Harry's Berries is a family farm established in 1966 by Harry Iwamoto, a Japanese immigrant who moved to the United States in the late 1950s.  Iwamoto initially was as a landscape gardener, but after he was told he could make more money as a farmer, he leased 11 acres of farmland in Oxnard and taught himself how to grow strawberries.  Shortly after he started growing strawberries, Iwamoto found his way to the Santa Monica Farmers market, where he was one of the first vendors.

Harry’s Berries is best known for its two heirloom varieties of strawberries, the Gaviota which has a strong berry perfume with a softer, juicer texture and Seascape, which has a lower acidity level, a firmer texture and a wildberry-like flavor. These berries are also much more expensive than others at the market.*

Harry's Berries Barn

Sadly, Harry passed away suddenly while we were moving to our new 30 acre farm across the road from his old field. His son, Kaz Iwamoto and his daughter, Molly Gean and their respective spouses operated the farm together for the next 15 years. In 2008 Kaz and his wife Yoshiko retired due to health issues. Molly and her husband, Rick, continue farming on 40 acres with their children and grandchildren.*

Here is a look at the farm where, possibly, the Best Strawberries in the World are grown!

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