Notes for December 2023: Strawberries have a very brief season; and the start in early April in the South, don't miss them:
This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested in Florida! We also have a page with links to our own simple instructions on canning, freezing and drying many fruits and vegetables, such as how to make jam, apple butter, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, ketchup or freezing corn.
You may want to see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Cold weather crops, like spinach, some lettuces, peas, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks and early onions being harvested in all but the coldest regions. Many farms and markets still have fresh winter squash, stored from last Autumn. Click on the links below to find local farms:
You may noticed the new appearance to the website! Simpler, cleaner and mobile-friendly! I'm rolling it out, page by page over the next 2 months. Everything is still here; you can access it 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!
Note, the summers often get too hot for many crops to grow in Florida, so always call ahead.
And while other crops may grow in Floorida, that does not mean they are always available as a U-pick crop.
|apples -none in FL, too hot!|
|cherries (too hot to grow here)|
|Christmas trees (Leylands)||X||X|
|raspberries (rare in Florida)||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|rhubarb - not grown in FL - too hot for it|
|pumpkins - generally too hot to grow in Florida||X||X||X||X|
Green indicates the range when the crop usually ripens; but be sure to call the farms, as it is just an approximation. Harvest dates can vary dramatically in different seasons and even in different parts of the state.
* Note: Strawberry fields are often opened for U-pick after the end of the commercial season and is also dependent on the weather. U-pick strawberries are typically February and March, then tapers off in April.
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