This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
Where in Wisconsin to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
Click on your area:
Organized by area:
- Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin
- Madison and southwestern Wisconsin
- Central Wisconsin
- Green Bay to Fond du Lac areas
- Western Wisconsin
- Northern Wisconsin
- Crop availability / harvest schedule - click here
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
Here are links to Wisconsin's pick-your-own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms and orchards. I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember to ALWAYS either email, call or click the link to the farm's own website (if they have one) on the morning before you go, to confirm hours, conditions and availability of the specific crops you want!!
And if you are looking for farmer's markets in Wisconsin see this page! You can search for food and agricultural products and services from Wisconsin. Businesses listed in the directory must grow, produce or manufacture products in the state of Wisconsin.
Harvest Dates in Southern Wisconsin
|Crop||Average Harvest Dates|
|Beans, snap||July 4 - September 8|
|Beans, lima||August 20 - October. 10|
|Beets||June 24 - Frost3|
|Broccoli||June 21 - September 8|
|Cabbage||June 21 - September 8|
|Carrots||June 25 - August 10|
|Cauliflower||June 4 - August 14|
|Cucumbers||August 1 - Frost|
|Eggplant||August 10 - Frost|
|Kohlrabi||June 4 - September 10|
|Lettuce, leaf||May 25 - Frost|
|Lettuce, head, romaine||June 24 - Frost|
|Muskmelon||Aug. 8 - Frost|
|Onions, storage||July 4 - August 13|
|Onions, sweet Spanish||July 24 - August 28|
|Peas, snap||June 4 - July 20|
|Peas, snow||June 24|
|Peppers, green||July 19 - Frost|
|Peppers, jalapeno||Aug. 4 - September 15|
|Potatoes, red||June 24 - October. 8|
|Pumpkins||August 18 - Frost|
|Spinach||May 15 - June 1|
|Squash, summer||July 4 - Frost|
|Squash, winter||August 18 - Frost|
|Sweet corn||June 30 - September 15|
|Tomatoes||July 25 - Frost|
|Turnip Greens||May 20 - Frost|
|Watermelon||August 3 - Frost|
|1Dates are for southern Wisconsin. Add 7-14 days for northern locations|
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