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This month's notes: April 2014: Blueberries are finishing in the Southern areas, still going in cooler areas, don't miss them! In most areas, peaches are going strong, as are figs. And apples have started. Sepetmber is the big month for apples! See each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates. Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. See 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
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Crop Harvest Calendar for Ontario, Canada

This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested in Ontario, Canada!  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.

Typical Crop Availability - When to Pick in Ontario, Canada

dark green = available;      light green = sometimes / some farms;      White or gray = not usually available

Fruit/VegJanFebMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctNovDec
apples                     
Asian pears                    
asparagus                    
beans                    
blackberries                   
beets                    
blueberries                    
broccoli                    
Brussels sprouts                    
cabbage                    
cantaloupes                    
celery                    
carrots                    
cherries                    
Christmas trees                    
cucumbers                    
eggplant                    
gooseberries                    
greens                    
 JanFebMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctNovDec
herbs                    
nectarines                    
peaches                   
pears                    
peas                    
peppers                    
potatoes                    
raspberries                    
rhubarb                    
pumpkins                    
summer squash                    
winter squash                    
saskatoons                   
squash                    
strawberries                   
sweet corn                    
sweet potatoes                    
tomatoes                    
watermelons                    
Fruit/VegJanFebMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctNovDec

The light green indicates light crops at the beginning or end of a season - dark green is when the bulk of the crop ripens and picking is best.

Another View of the Harvest Calendar for Ontario

Harvest Calendar for Ontario Area

Harvest times depend on weather conditions during spring and summer
MAYJUNEJULYAUGSEPT-OCT
Asparagus

Asparagus
Beets
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peas
Rhubarb
Straw-
   berries
Zucchini
Apples
Beans
Beans
Beets
Broad Beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cherries(sour)
Cucumbers
Currants
Eggplant
Gooseberries
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Okra
Potatoes
Peas
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Summer Squash
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes  
Zucchini

Apples
Beans
Beets
Broad Beans
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery 
Cherries(sour)
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Globe
   Artichoke
Herbs
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce
Melons
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Parsnips
Pears
Plums
Potatoes
Peas
Peppers
Rhubarb
Rutabagas
Summer Squash
Sweet Corn
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Winter Squash
Zucchini
Apples
Beans
Beets
Broad Beans
Broccoli
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery 
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Globe
   Artichoke
Gourds
Grapes
Herbs
Indian Corn
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Parsnips
Pears
Peppers
Plums
Potatoes
Quince
Rutabagas
Salad Greens
Summer Squash
Sweet Corn
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Winter Squash
Zucchini

 
Ball home canning kit water bath canner

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 (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 more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
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This page was updated on 9-Sep-2011



Remember to ALWAYS call the farm or orchard BEFORE you go - weather, heavy picking and business conditions can always affect their hours and crops!


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