Adrian found this crazy, huge, fist-like, wonky strawberry in our batch (obviously not organic) it was probably genetically engineered in a basement somewhere, being pumped with roids and pesticides?!? Who knows??
I know the tips-- it's not recommended we buy produce when it's not in season, after seeing our roid-berry I might start listening to that advice.
Organics: expensive, yes, but worth it I'm sure! Now I need to practice more what I preach and not be lazy and just hit up the store 2 or 3x a week since winter organic produce seem to rot in 2 days.
Answers.com says: The traditional strawberry season is from June until mid August, but new farming methods (hmm... extra doses of pesticides, roids & dyes perhaps?) extends it from April until mid December.