Tennessee crop harvest calendar - When fruit and vegetables are normally ready to pick in TN

This month's notes: September 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples have started. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry 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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Crop Harvest Calendar for Tennessee

This page has a table below that tells when each fruit or vegetable is normally ready to be harvested in Tennessee!  Of course, the weather, location in the state, altitude and varieties planted greatly affect the dates, so always call the farms! 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 Tennessee

dark green = available;      light green = sometimes / some farms;      White or gray = not usually available

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.

Fruit/Veg Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov December
apples                       X X X X X X X    
Apricots                     X X X X            
Asian pears                         X X X X X X    
asparagus         X X X X X                      
beans                     X X X X X X        
blackberries                       X X X            
beets                     X X X X X X X      
blueberries                       X X X            
boysenberries                 X X X X X              
broccoli                 X X X X X X X X X      
Brussels sprouts                             X X X X X  
cabbage                     X X X X X X X X X  
cantaloupes                     X X X X X X        
celery                     X X X X            
carrots                     X X X X X X X X X  
cherries                 X X X X                
Christmas trees                                       X
cucumbers                     X X X X X X        
eggplant                     X X X X X X        
gooseberries                     X X X X            
grapes                       X X X X          
greens                 X X X X X X X X X X    
  Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov December
herbs                 X X X X X X X X X X    
nectarines                   X X X X X            
peaches                 X X X X X X X          
pears                         X X X X X      
peas                     X X X X            
peppers                     X X X X X X        
plums                     X X                
potatoes                 X X X X X X X X X      
raspberries                     X X X X X X        
rhubarb               X X X                    
pumpkins                             X X X X    
summer squash                     X X X X X X        
winter squash                         X X X X X X    
strawberries             X X X                      
sweet corn                     X X X X X          
sweet potatoes                             X X X      
tomatoes                     X X X X X X        
watermelons                               X X X    
Fruit/Veg Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov December

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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]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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