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Illinois crop harvest calendar - When fruit and vegetables are normally ready to pick in IL.
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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 Illinois

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

Fruit/Veg Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec
apples                         X X X X X X
Asian pears                         X X X X X X
asparagus         X X X X                    
beans                 X X X X X X X X X X
blackberries                 X X X X            
blueberries                     X X X X        
broccoli     X X X X                 X X X X X
cabbage     X X X X                 X X X X X
cantaloupes                     X X X X X X    
cherries                 X X X X            
Christmas trees                 X X X X                
cucumbers             X X X X X X X X        
eggplant                     X X X X X X    
greens     X X X X X X             X X X X
herbs         X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
nectarines                     X X X X        
peaches                 X X X X X X X X    
peas             X X                    
peppers                     X X X X X X    
potatoes             X X X X X X            
raspberries                     X X X X X X    
rhubarb             X X X X                
pumpkins                             X X X X
squash                 X X X X X X X X X X
strawberries       X X X        
sweet corn                         X X X X    
sweet potatoes                             X X X X
tomatoes                     X X X X X X X X
watermelons                         X X X X X X

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.
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



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