Arizona Crop Harvest Calendar - typical Harvest Dates for Fruits and Vegetables in !
This month's notes: December 2016: Apples are still available, but already picked. In some areas, late season crops, are still available (if there hasn't been a frost) - like persimmons, pears, winter squash, kiwis, even figs and raspberries. See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. But now it is time to tag your Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!
And we 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! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy directions
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This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested Arizona! 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.
The dates are approximate; as many factors affect when the harvest is ready for picking: weather, variety, and area of the state, including altitude! Always call the farm a few weeks in advance to verify when they crops will be ready to pick, and then again on the day you want to go.
- To find fruit and vegetable pick-your-own farms in Arizona, click here.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities in Arizona, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in Arizona, click here.
|Peaches (see below for dates for specific varieties)||X||X||some in Sept, not many!|
|Vegetables (misc summer)||X||X||X||X||X||X|
Ripening dates for specific varieties of pears and apples
|Starking Delicious||Mid August||Eating/Canning|
|Gala||Early August||Eating and applesauce|
|Red/Golden Delicious||September||Eating and applesauce|
|Top Red Delicious||Mid September||Eating|
|Royal Red Delicious||Mid September||Eating|
|Stayman Winesap||Late September||Cooking and applesauce|
|Winesap Commercial||Late September||Cooking|
|Old Fashion Winesap||Late September||Cooking and applesauce|
|Rome Beauty||Late September||Cooking|
|Jonathan||September||Eating/Cooking and applesauce|
Home Canning Kits
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, and the bible of canning, the Ball
Blue Book. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll
never need anything else except jars & lids! To see
more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!For
more information and current pricing:
[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]