Minnesota Harvest Calendar for Minnesota: When various fruit and vegetables are ready for harvest in MN

This month's notes: February 2016: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green!  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 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 Minnesota

This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested in Minnesota!  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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Harvest / Crop Availability Table

Fruit/ vegetable Normal picking dates
Apples Mid-August through November - see specific varieties, further down this page
Asparagus May and June
Beans July through September
Blueberries July through mid August
Carrots August  through mid November
Cucumbers Mid July through September
Garlic August  through November
Grapes Mid August through September
Greens May through October
Melons August and September
Onions Mid September through mid November
Peppers Mid July to mid September
Potatoes August through mid November
Raspberries Mid June through October
Rhubarb May through September
Strawberries June and July
Squash July  through mid November
Sweet Corn Mid July through September
Tomatoes Mid July through September
Apple Variety Average Harvest Dates
Mantet early to mid-August
Oriole early to mid-August
Beacon mid-August
State Fair mid-August
Zestar!TM late August to early September
Paulared late August to early September
Wealthy early September
Chestnut Crab early to mid-September
Red Baron mid-September
McIntosh mid-September
Sweet Sixteen mid- to late September
Honeycrisp late September
Cortland late September to early October
Northwestern (also called Greening) late September to early October
Haralson/ Haralred late September to early October
Prairie Spy early October
Honeygold early October
Regent early to mid-October
Golden Delicious mid-October
Fireside/ Connell Red mid-October
Keepsake mid-October
Red Delicious mid-October

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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

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Home Canning Kits


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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!
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