I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but I like the grocery store berries better than those I'm growing. By grocery store, I don't mean the cheapest, barely red tasteless ones (which would still hold their own against mine), but the ripe organic ones. Sometimes non-organic too, but it is more hit or miss.
The ones from my yard aren't unpleasant, just too mild flavored. I like the acid bite from the CA berries. They also have about twice the brix, at least of the ones I tested tonight (12 vs 6 for mine). Even one that wasn't really ripe was 7 brix. The ones from my yard are much juicier, but to me that isn't really a feature. I prefer a denser berry which doesn't easily get runny,
Is it the cultivars they grow in CA that are better, or the growing conditions that make the difference?
I think Cabot may be especially ill-suited for me. I've had other varieties in the past and wasn't thrilled with them (Ozark Beauty and Surecrop), but this is the first time that berries shipped from CA have been so obviously better.