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What's in season in August 2016, and other timely information:

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


Ripening Dates for Fruits and Vegetables

Please note that actual dates may vary by as much as two weeks due to weather conditions, geographical location of the farm, and other factors. It is always advisable to call a farm earlier than the expected beginning of a season to verify on the status of the product you are interested in.

 Crop

Jan. Feb. March April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov. Dec.
Fruit                        
Apples                        
Blackberries                        
Blueberries                        
Figs                        
Grapes                        
Peaches                        
Pears                        
Raspberries                        
Strawberries                        
Vegetables                        
string beans        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
broccoli        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
brussels sprouts        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
cabbage        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
carrots        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
cauliflower        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
celery        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
chard        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
chinese cabbage        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
collards        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
corn        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
cucumber        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
eggplant        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
garlic        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
head lettuce        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
lettuce mix        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
kale        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
hot peppers        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
kohlrabi        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
leeks        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
melons        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
onions        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
pearl onions        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
ornamental corn        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
pumpkins        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
parsnips        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
peppers        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
potatoes        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
snow peas        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
shell peas        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
snap peas        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
spinach        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
summer squash        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
sunflowers        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
tomatillas        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
tomatoes        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
turnips        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
oriental greens        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
bunching greens        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
winter squash        

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Most Popular Crops

(in chronological order of ripening)

 
Strawberries June 
early Raspberries late June through mid July
Cherries early July
Tomatoes July to Frost
Corn, Green beans July and Aug
Gooseberries July 
Raspberries July 
Blueberries July
Cantaloupe July, August
Apples July to  Oct
Watermelon Mid July to  mid Sept
Peaches July and August
Blackberries, Grapes mid August to  mid Sept
Red Raspberries (fall) mid-August to  Frost
Squash Late August to  Nov
Red Bartlett Pears September  
Pumpkins mid September through October

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