We have been reintroducing heirloom strawberries for many years. We have reintroduced rare and impossible to find cultivars and varieties of several species at reasonable prices. Two years ago we reintroduced hybrid ‘Fairfax’. This year (2016) we are introducing ‘Marshall’ and ‘Gariguette’. We are also introducing Fragaria vesca ‘Snovit’ this year.
Hybrid ‘Marshall’ strawberries are considered the best of the best of American hybrids. It was discovered in 1883 by Marshall Ewell near Boston. Because of it’s flavor it quickly became a favorite of home gardeners and it’s fame and plantings spread across the U.S. It was widely grown in the Pacific Northwest. Diseases imported from other countries nearly wiped out the variety in the 1940’s. In the 1960’s many excellent strawberry varieties fell out of favor because of their soft fruit and inability to ship long distances. In 2008 it was declared an “endangered food” by Gary Paul Nabhan’s Renewing America’s Food Traditions. Since then it is slowly being reintroduced by several champions of the variety. We join them in this effort.
James Beard, champion of American cuisine, considered Marshall “the finest eating strawberry in America, exceedingly handsome, splendidly flavored, pleasantly sprightly, aromatic and juicy.”
This variety still doesn’t fit into long distance shipping. Its flavor is extraordinary and should be grown by home gardeners and trialed by u-pick and market garden growers. It is a June bearing variety that produces fruit in mid season.
Visit the hybrid category in our plant store to order plants.