South Carolina Crop Harvest Calendar - When fruit and vegetables are typically ready to harvest in South Carolina!

This month's notes: August 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!

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


What's in Season - Typical Crop Availability in South Carolina-

When to Pick in South Carolina

 CROP

 DATES

 

 CROP

 DATES

 Apples

 July 25-November 21

 Onions - Dry

 May 1-June 25

 Asparagus

 March 15-June 10

 Onions - Green

 Jan. 1-June 1

 Beans - Lima

 May 15-October 20

   

 Beans: Pole & Snap

 May 10-Nov. 5

 Peaches

 May 8-August 25

 Blackberries

 June 1-July 30

 Peanuts

 August 15-November 1

 Blueberries

 June 1-August 15

 Pears

 August 1-November 1

 Cabbage

 May 15-September 25

 Peas - English

 Jan. 15-April 1

 Cantaloupes

 June 1-August 20

 Peas - Field

 May 15-October 1

 Christmas Trees

 November- December

 Pecans

 September 1- December . 15

 Collards

 October 1-June 20

 Pepper - Sweet

 June 1-September 1

 Corn - Green

 May 25-October 10

 Plums

 July 1-August 25

 Corn - Sweet

 May 15-July 1

 Potatoes - Irish

 May 15-September 15

 Cucumbers

 May 1-July 20

 Potatoes - Sweet

 July 15-November 20

 Eggplant

 June 15-October 20

 Pumpkins

 September 15-November 15

 Grapes - Bunch

 June 20-October 1

 Squash

 May 20-October 1

 Lettuce

 March 15-May 20

 Strawberries

 March 15-June 1

 Muscadines

 July 1-November 1

 Tomatoes

 May 25-October 15

 Nectarines

 May 8-August 25

 Turnips - Bunched

 Jan. 1-April 15

 Okra

 May 20-October 1

 Turnips - Greens

 October 1-March 15

(DATES MAY VARY DUE TO WEATHER AND/OR LOCATION)

 Watermelons

 June 25-September 1

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

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

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.

Apple Harvest Schedule by Variety

  • Red Delicious – Mid September
  • Empire – Mid September
  • Golden Delicious – Late September
  • Grimes Golden – Late September
  • Jonagold – Mid – Late September
  • Cameo – Early October
  • Jonathan – Early October
  • Staymen – Mid October
  • Rome – Mid October
  • Turley Winesap – Mid October
  • Granny Smith – Late October
  • York – Late October
  • Fuji – Early November
  • Pink Lady – Early November

Winter Squash

  • Pumpkins – October
  • Butternut Squash – October & November
  • Spaghetti Squash – October & November
  • Amber Cup Squash – October & November
  • Butter Cup Squash – October & November
  • Acorn Squash – October & November
  • Crenshaw Squash – October & November
  • Hubbard Squash – October & November
  • Gourds – October

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 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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This page was updated on 7-Jul-2014


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