Where in Wisconsin to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: September 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples have started. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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!!

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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 want simple instructions how to make jamhow to make applesauce, or how to make apple butter all illustrated in simple steps, just click here.

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
Asparagus April
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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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

Features:

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!