Indiana Harvest Calendar

This month's notes: December 2014: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page.  Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Harvest Calendar for Indiana

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.

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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 check on the status of the product you are interested in.

Commodities Early Most Active Late
VEGETABLES      
Asparagus April 23 May 1 - May 30 June 25
Broccoli June 20 July 1 - October 31 November 30
Cabbage June 1 June 10 - October 31 November 15
Cauliflower September 1 Oct. 5 - November 20 Dec. 5
Collards May 15 August 20 - October 31 November 20
Cucumbers June 25 July 5 - August 15 September 15
Eggplant July 10 July 20 - September 30 October 15
Lima Beans July 10 July 15 - August 31 October 31
Okra July 15 August 15 - September 15 October 15
Onions June 25 June 25 - July 31 September 30
Peas May 20 June 15 - June 25 July 5
Peppers July 5 July 15 - October 31 Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 July 20 - September 30 October 15
Pumpkins September 15 October 1 - October 15 October 31
Snap Beans June 10 June 20 - July 20 August 31
Squash June 15 June 25 - September 1 September 30
Spinach April 15 May 5 - June 25 June 30
Sweet Corn July 1 July 5 - August 31 September 25
Tomatoes July 5 July 10 - September 15 October 15
FRUITS       
Apples July 15 September 1 - October 25 October 31
Blackberries July 10 July 15 - July 30 August 10
Blueberries June 20 July 5 - August 10 August 15
Cherries June 10 June 10 - June 25 June 25
Grapes August 25 September 10 - September 20 September 30
Peaches, Nectarines July 5 July 20 - September 1 September 15
Pears August 1 August 10 - August 31 September 10
Raspberries July 1 July 15 - August 15 September 20
Strawberries May 20 June 1 - June 10 June 25
OTHER      
Flowers, Herbs July 1 July 15 - September 15 October 1

 


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Picking Tips

[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]

Home Canning Kits

Features:

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

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. 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 a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!