At the Carlsbad Farmer’s Market this past Saturday, I picked up this basket of strawberries.

They look a little strange, no? Sure, we usually find the one oddly shaped berry of the bunch, but this basket is full of them.

I bought my basket of strawberries from this guy.

He didn’t trick me into buying deformed fruit. He was completely honest with his advertising.

I was skeptical at first. I always thought pesticides caused the deformation of strawberries. He told us that cold spells and rain are the main perpetrators. His strawberries – although not organic (he uses fertilizer) – are pesticide-free.

I chose the “Cosmetically Challenged” basket because they were a couple dollars cheaper than the “Perfect” ones. And, they taste just as good. ☼