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This month's notes: December 2018: Stored US apples are still  available.  See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.

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Crop Harvest Calendar for Prince Edward Island, Canada

This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested in Prince Edward Island, Canada!  We also have a page with links to our own simple instructions on canning, freezing and drying  many fruits and vegetables, such as  how to make jam, apple butter, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, ketchup or freezing corn.

Typical Crop Availability - When to Pick in Prince Edward Island, Canada

dark green = available;      light green = sometimes / some farms;      White or gray = not usually available

Scroll down the page to see the table!

Fruit/Veg Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec
apples                       X X X X X X X    
Asian pears                         X X X X X X    
asparagus             X X X X                    
beans                     X X X X X X        
blackberries                       X X X            
beets                 X X X X X X X X X      
blueberries                       X X X            
broccoli                 X X X X X X X X X      
cabbage                 X X X X X X X X X      
cantaloupes                     X X X X X X        
cherries                 X X X X                
Christmas trees                                       X
cucumbers                   X X X X X X X X X    
eggplant                     X X X X X X        
greens                 X X X X X X X X X X    
  Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec
herbs                 X X X X X X X X X X    
nectarines                     X X X X            
pears                         X X X X X      
peas                 X X                    
peppers                     X X X X X X        
potatoes                 X X X X X X X X X      
raspberries                     X X X X X X        
rhubarb                 X X                    
pumpkins                             X X X X    
squash                             X X X X    
strawberries                   X X X                
sweet corn                         X X X          
sweet potatoes                                        
tomatoes                     X X X X X X        
watermelons                         X X X X        
Fruit/Veg Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec

The light green indicates light crops at the beginning or end of a season - dark green is when the bulk of the crop ripens and picking is best. 

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Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]









Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits


Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!