Where in Massachusetts to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
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!!
- East Massachusetts: Boston area - Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties
- Southeast Massachusetts: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth counties
- Worcester County
- Western Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
- Crop availability chart (when what is in season)
Current weather - click for forecast, or enter a zip code for a different location:
I haven't found any pyo cranberry farms in Mass yet, but you can at least buy them fresh here:
- P.J. Cranberries
P.O. Box 417, Sandwich, MA 02563. Phone: (508) 888-7676. Carefully picked and freshly harvested dry
picked cranberries, as well as frozen, processed cranberries locally grown on a family owned bog. The fresh cranberries are available in 1 pound boxes and bags, 3 pound bags and 30 pound boxes.
Apples : August through October
Beans: July through October
Beets: June through October
Blueberries: July through September
Broccoli June through October
Carrots: July through October
Corn: July through October
Eggplant: July through September
Garlic: July through October
Herbs: May through October
Leeks: August through October
Lettuce: May through October
Melons: August and September
Onions: July through October
Parsnips: September and October
Peas: June through September
Peppers: July through October
Potatoes: July through October
Pumpkins: September and October
Raspberries: July through October
Spinach and Greens: May through October
Tomatoes: July through October
Winter Squash: September through October
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!
Home Canning Kits
* 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.
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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 s simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if your want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see
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Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.
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[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]