This month's notes: December 2013: The weather is great, apples are ripe (see our apple varieties guide), hayrides, Fall fun and corn mazes are open now! See this page for hundreds of 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. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. 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!!
Oregon Crop Harvest Calendar - typical Harvest Dates for Fruits and Vegetables in !
This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested Oregon! 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.
- Back to the Oregon PYO farm page
- To find Oregon pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in Oregon, click here.
Harvest Calendar / 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, and call before you go to the farm! Scroll down or click here for a calendar specific to the Portland area.
dark green = available; light
green = sometimes / some farms;
White or gray = not usually available
The following table is more specific; tailored to the Portland area and surrounding counties., like Clackamas County
|Fruit or vegetable||Typical crop availability|
|Apples||Late August - November|
|Green Beans||Mid-June - Mid October|
|Blueberries||June - October|
|Boysenberries||Late July - August|
|Cabbage||Late July - End of October|
|Cucumbers (Slicing)||July - October|
|Cucumbers (Pickling)||July - Early October|
|Gourds (Ornamental)||September - November|
|Honey||April - November|
|Melons (Cantaloupe/Musk)||July - September|
|Onions||May - November|
|Peaches||July - September|
|Peas||Late July - September|
|Peppers||July - October|
|Popcorn Ornamental Corn||September - November|
|Potatoes||July - November|
|Pumpkins||Mid September - October|
|Raspberries||July - September|
|Strawberries||Mid May - September|
|Squash (Summer & Winter)||July - December|
|Tomatillos||July - October|
|Tomatoes||July - October|
|Watermelon||July - September|
- Apple Valley's Huckleberry Harvest Celebration
October 15–16, 22–23, 2005. Huckleberry Lovers! This is the time to visit and stock up on all your huckleberry favorites! Along with fresh-baked huckleberry pies, we also have huckleberry jam, syrup, candy, cocoa, and honey. Our huckleberry gift boxes featuring our most popular huckleberry items are available as well as frozen huckleberry pies! Come warm up with a cup of hot huckleberry apple cider or cool down with a creamy huckleberry milkshake. For more information, call 541.386.1971.
Blueberry Pancake Ride
April (Dates to be announced) Saturday, Blueberry Pancake Ride (FREE) Distance: 30 miles, supported. Routes of 50-75 and 100 miles are not supported. Start anytime between 9 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Champoeg State Park, 7679 Champoeg Road NE St. Paul, OR 97137 Oak Grove Picnic Area, Parking costs $3.00, (Rain or Shine).
Hood River Lavender Farms -
3801 Straight Hill Road, Hood River, OR, 97031. Phone: 541-386-9100. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2nd Annual Lavender Daze Festival at Hood River Lavender Farms. Wide Selection of Live Music, Food Vendors, Local Artists/Artisans, Charity Dunk Tank, Farm Animals, Pheasant Valley Wines, and thousands of Certified Organic Lavender available for U-PICK. Beautiful location, Beautiful venue. For more info see the website or call 541-386-9100.
- Oregon Nut 'n Berry Festival - Not going to be held in 2006
It had been held in August ; (2005 was the Second Annual) Cornelius, Oregon.
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!
Home Canning Kits
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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!
[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]