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What's in season in October 2018, and other timely information:

The dates are approximate; as many factors affect when the harvest is ready for picking: weather, variety, and area of the state, including altitude!  Always call the farm a few weeks in advance to verify when they crops will be ready to pick, and then again on the day you want to go.

Harvest Calendar / Ripening Dates
(Approximate - Check with each farm!)

Crops Early Most Active Late
VEGETABLES      
Asparagus April 23 May 1 - May 30 June 25
Beans (green, yellow, bush, pole, lima) July 1 July 5 - September 30 October 20
Beets May 15 June 1 - September 30 Oct 30
Broccoli June 20 July 1 - October 31 November 30
Cabbage June 1 June 10 - October 31 November 15
Cauliflower September 1 Oct. 5 - November 20 Dec. 5
Collards May 15 August 20 - October 31 November 20
Cucumbers June 25 July 5 - August 15 September 15
Eggplant July 1 July 10 - September 15 October 15
Lima Beans July 10 July 15 - August 31 October 31
Okra July 15 August 15 - September 15 October 15
Onions June 25 June 25 - July 31 September 30
Peas May 20 June 5 - September 30 Oct 15
Peppers July 5 July 15 - October 31 Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 July 20 - September 30 October 15
Pumpkins September 15 October 1 - October 15 October 31
Rhubarb May 15 June 5 - July 31 August 31
Snap Beans June 10 June 20 - July 20 August 31
Squash June 15 June 25 - September 1 September 30
Spinach April 15 May 5 - June 25 June 30
Sweet Corn July 15 August 1 - September 20 October 15
Tomatoes July 5 July 10 - September 15 October 15
FRUITS       
Apples - see below for details by variety July 15 September 1 - October 25 October 31
Blackberries July 10 July 15 - July 30 August 10
Blueberries July 5 July 15 - September 10 October 15
Cherries June 10 June 10 - June 25 June 25
Grapes August 25 September 10 - September 20 September 30
Peaches, Nectarines July 15 August 1 - September 10 September 30
Pears August 1 August 10 - August 31 September 10
Raspberries July 1 July 5 - September 30 October 20
Raspberries (Fall and everbearing) July 1 August 1 - September 30 October 15
Strawberries May 20 June 5 - June 20 July 10
OTHER      
Flowers, Herbs July 1 July 15 - September 15 October 1

Apples

Approximate Apple Availability in Massachusetts

   
Variety Typical harvest dates Notes  
 McIntosh Beginning of September
to late October
Tart early, then as the season progresses, sweet  
Honeycrisp Beginning of September
to mid-September
Sweet, tart  
Royal Gala

Beginning of September 
to late September

Sweet, soft flesh, does not store well  
Golden Supreme Beginning of September
to mid-September
   
 Cortland Middle of September
to mid-October
Mildly sweet  
 Jonagold Middle of September
to mid-October
Medium firm, sweet flesh  
 Macouns Mid-September
to late October
Tart early, then as the season progresses, sweet  
 Empire Early October
to late October
Mildly sweet  
 Red Delicious End of September
to late October
Sweet, soft flesh. Does not store well  
 Mutsu Beginning of October
to late October
   
 Fuji Beginning of October
to late October
Mildly sweet, aromatic, firm flesh, stores very well  
Suncrisp Mid-October
to late October
   
Breaburn Mid-October    
Northern Spy Mid-Late October    
Spencer Mid-October    
Enterprise Mid-October
to Mid-November
   
Gold Rush Mid-October
to Mid-November
   
Yellow Delicious Mid-October Soft, sweet flesh, does not store well  
Russet Mid-Late October    
Granny Smith Mid-October Tart  
Baldwin Mid-Late October    
Rome Mid-October Tart, hard flesh, stores well  
Winesap Mid-October Tart, aromatic, stores well  

 


*As always, harvest Dates are approximations. Weather and local conditions have an extreme effect and harvest dates can vary by as much as two weeks and variety availability.