What's in season in December 2018, and other timely information:
Do you have a favorite fruit or vegetable, and you'd love to get it fresh
and local, but you don't know when it is normally harvested in your area?
Then you are in luck: these pages link to the United States first national
crop harvest calendars. Just click on your state below and the link
will take you to the crop calendar for your state or area!
How precise are the calendars?
They're as precise as the weather! Which means, they can normally vary by
1 to 2 weeks. So, to be safe, call the farms 2 weeks before the start
of a season for a given crop, according to the calendar for your area!
Crop Availability / Harvest Calendars by Country and State or Province
To find out when a specific fruit or vegetable is
normally ready for harvesting / picking in your area, click on your
country or state below!, then scroll down that page!
PYO Farms Outside the U.S.
[ Australia ]
[ Canada: Alberta,
Yukon ] [Italy]
[Japan] [ South Africa ]
[ New Zealand ]
[ United Kingdom ]
[ Adding a Farm outside of North America ]
Looking for pick your own farms in other countries?
Living in another country, such as France, Italy (Italia), Germany (Deutschland), Nederlands, or Sweden? Help me compile a list for your country -
just write me!
[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
to download and print]
Easy Preserving Directions - How to...
General know how and fruit/vegetable picking tips
Why you should use a canner and how to choose one.
Summary of approved home food preserving methods
Canning methods that are considered to be unsafe: steam, microwave,
dishwasher, oven, or just sealing the jars without further processing?
If you are new to home canning - see these do's, don'ts and tips
Frequently asked questions about canning
Frequently asked questions about freezing
Jams and jellies
Canning - anything that can be safely canned at home!
Juices: Canning fruit and vegetable juices
Sauces, Salsas, Syrups, Fruit Butters and Chutneys
Soups - canning vegetable and meat soups at home (see
page for tomato soup)
Pickling - more than just cucumbers
Drying / food dehydrating
Ice cream, gelato and sorbets
Other recipes - roasted peppers, basil pesto, pies, cakes and much more
Using honey in place of sugar
Equipment and supplies
USDA Food Grades - Ever wonder what was "Grade A"? And why you don't
see grade B? How to select different foods, including fresh, frozen and
canned? Wonder no more with this one-page guide!
- Food safety -
of the pH and/or acidity of common fruits, vegetables, grains, breads
and common food products
This page provide basic facts regarding food poisoning and pathogenic
microorganisms and natural toxins related to home food preservation
(canning, bottling, drying, jams, salsas, pickling, sauces, etc.).
Look up any pathogen (botulism, salmonella, Staph, etc.) and find out
what it does and how to prevent it.
Click here for labels your can download, edit and customize in Microsoft
Word and print on standard Avery label paper for your own jars!
- Want to sell your
own jam and home canned goods? Read this first!