Find a local pick your own farm here!

Notes for February 2018: The northern half of the U.S. (and most of Canada, of course) are under snow. So, the crops to pick are pretty much limited to Florida, Texas, southern California and a few other areas of the Deep South.  Citus, for one, is a crop that is usually available now; and in those areas, soon also strawberries and blueberries.Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

We also have a website for both Valentine's Day information, facts and fun and one for St. Patrick's day (including great recipes for corned beef, Irish stew, etc.)

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

We also have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong, please write me!


How Much of a Fruit or Vegetable Will I Need to Pick?

How Much of a Fruit or Vegetable Will I Need to Pick?

After you locate a pick-your-own farm near you, the next question that comes to mind is, how much should I pick in order to can, freeze, make jam, etc.? How much jam can I make from 6 quarts of berries?  How much applesauce will 2 bushels make? Then this is the page for you! The conversion and tables below should answer your questions.

I'm always looking for more to add and feedback, so please email me at the address at the bottom of the page!  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!!  

Be sure to also see your state's harvest calendar to know when each crop is usually ready to be picked - just click on your state and look for the harvest calendar / crop availability link.

And if you want simple illustrated, instructions on making and canning many common items, like how to make jam, applesauce, apple butter, spaghetti sauce, salsa, fruit pies, freezing vegetables, putting up peaches, green beans, etc., just click here.


Of course, the next logical question is how much does a bushel of a fruit or vegetable produce when canned or frozen?

Weights and Approximate Processed Yields of Common Fruits and Vegetables

 If you have this much fresh:

 You  should get this much...

Commonly made products

1 bushel 
(42-48 lbs)
1 bushel = 12 to 15 qt. canned applesauce (no sugar added), 14 - 18 with sugar

1 bushel = 10 to 12 qt. juice

12 - 16 quarts
28 - 36 pints
 3 lbs.
1 quart applesauce
1 quart
2 pints
8 medium apples = 2.25 lbs 1 nine-inch apple pie 
3 cups of applesauce
1 peck = 10 to 14 lbs
Berries (general)
(except strawberries)
24-quart crate
jams, jellies
12 - 18 quarts
32 - 36 pints
5 - 8 cups

1 quart

 2 - 3 pints

1 quart 
(2 pints)

 Jam 1 pint 3/4 quart
Blueberries 1 quart   1 pint  1 quart
3 lbs.    1 quart  
Cherries 1 quart  jelly, canned cherries 1quart, unpitted 1 quart, unpitted
2 to 2 1/2 lb.   1quart, unpitted  
Grapes 1 bushel juice 16 qt. of juice  
2 quarts jelly 1 quart  
1 bushel (48 lbs.)
18-24 quarts
32 - 48 pints

 2 - 2.5 lbs

 2 pints
1 bushel (56 lbs.)
20-25 quarts
40-50 pints
 2 - 2.5 lbs.
1 quart
2 pints

1 bushel

  24 to 30 qt. canned  
2 to 2 1/2 lb.   1 quart  
24-quart crate
12-16 quarts
38 pints
6 - 8 cups
1 quart
 2 pints
1 bushel (53 lbs.)
15-20 quarts or 10-12 quarts juice
2.5 - 3 lbs.
1 quart canned
If you have this much fresh: should get this much :
3 - 4 lbs 1 quart 3 pints
Beans, Lima
1 bushel (32 lbs.)
6-8 quarts
12-16 pints
4 - 5 lbs.
1 quart
2 pints
 3lbs 1 qt. canned  
Beans, Snap
1 bushel (30 lbs.)
15 - 20 quarts
30 - 45 pints
 1.5 - 2 lbs.
1 quart
2 pints
(Sweet, in husk)
 1 bushel (35 lbs.)
8 - 10 quarts
14 - 17 pints
 6 -16 ears
1 quart
2 pints
 1 bushel (18 lbs.)
 6 - 9 quarts
 8 - 12 pints
 2 - 3 lbs.
1 quart
2 pints
Peas, Field
 1 bushel (30 lbs.)
 6 - 7 quarts
 12 - 15 pints
4 - 5 lbs.
1 quart
2 pints
Pumpkins one 10-lb pumpkin 2 quarts  
Squash (summer) (zucchini, crookneck, Patty Pan, etc.)       
3 lbs 1 quart  
Squash (winter)
(Hubbard, banana, Acorn, Butternut, Buttercup)
 1 bushel (40 lbs.)
 16 - 20 quarts
 32 - 40 pints
3 lbs. 1 quart  


Volumes and Conversions

One of these equal to:

1 Bushel

8 gallons (dry)

32 quarts (dry)

64 pints (dry)

4 pecks

2,150 cubic inches

1 Gallon

4 quarts

8 pints

16 cups

231 cubic inches

1 Quart

32 fluid ounces

58 cubic inches

2 pints

4 cups

1 Pint

16 fluid ounces

29 cubic inches

2 cups

1 Kilo (or kilogram)

2.205 pounds

1 Liter

1.057 quarts (liquid)

Weight per Bushel for Common Fruits and Vegetables

If you like to do a large quantity of canning and once and be done with it for a year, you may want to do what I do, either pick in large quantity, or find the local real farmer's market (like the one in Forest Park, Georgia) and get bulk quantities.  In which case, you need to know, how much is in a bushel of the fruit or vegetables?  this table should help!


Approximate weight per bushel, in Pounds



Approximate weight per bushel, in Pounds


42 lbs.

Mustard Greens

18 lbs.

Lima Beans (unshelled)

30 lbs.


57 lbs.

Pole Beans

28 lbs.


50 lbs.

Snap Beans

30 lbs.

Field Peas

25 lbs.

Shelled Corn

56 lbs.

Sweet Potatoes (fresh, green)

55 lbs.

Corn (in ear)

70 lbs.

Sweet Potatoes (cured, dry)

50 lbs.


60 lbs.


20 lbs.


48 lbs.


53 lbs.


33 lbs.

Turnips (without tops)

54 lbs.

English Peas (in hull)

30 lbs.

Turnip Greens (dry)

16 lbs.


50 lbs.

Turnip Greens (wet)

18 lbs.