So yesterday I decided to do something about it. And since I'm a bit too short to reach the branches, I dragged the Big Kahuna out with me. He was a really good sport about it, though I think he was mildly embarrassed to be standing out on a street corner picking a tree bare as the neighborhood brunch-goers ambled by.
The best berries were way up high out our reach, but we picked until our hands were died purple, and ended up with enough to make a berry crisp, which was my goal.
I also had a basket of local farmer's market strawberries. Red all the way through, and flavorful - the way strawberries are meant to be. Not those sad, watery, white-in-the-middle supermarket strawberries.
I used both berries to make the Berry Coconut Crisp from Veganomicon. It was delicious, and even more so because we had to work a bit for it.
Now I'm just going to have to pluck up the courage to ask the restaurant (and tree) owner if I can come back with a ladder and get the rest of the berries down.