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In other cities, you can’t really enjoy fresh strawberries until the spring and summer months. Not so in humid Houston, where our berry season begins with the New Year. Here, three ways to enjoy these sweet treats right now:

Fresh from the Farm

Froberg’s (3601 W. Hwy. 6, Alvin) has supplied Houston with strawberries since 1936, and every January the family farm opens its fields to the public for berry picking. Buckets cost $1, each pound you put in costs another $2.50, and you (or your kids) won’t even think of it as work.

Baked in a Pie

Flying Saucer Pie Co. (436 W. Crosstimbers Rd.) is known for its long lines during the holiday season, but a different demand takes hold at the beginning of every new year: Customers go crazy for the strawberry cream pie, with its layers of sliced berries and topping of homemade sweet cream.

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Like Leslie Knope

Seabrook Waffle Company (1402 Fifth St., Seabrook) is the only place in town to score a real-deal Belgian-style liege waffle. The “Strawberry Shortcake” version topped with berries and cream is good, but it’s the “PB&J Not” with almond butter, strawberry jam and fresh berries that we’re nuts about.

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The Flying Saucer Pie Company

$ Bakeries, Dessert 436 W. Crosstimbers St.

Pies are baked fresh every day at this Independence Heights business, which means offerings are always optimally seasonal. In summer, look for the peach crea...