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What's in season in December 2021, and other timely information:

Colorado 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, in a cold valley, or a lower or higher elevation and other factors. It is always advisable to call a farm earlier than the expected beginning of a season to verify on the status of the product you are interested in.

Crop Early Most Active Late
VEGETABLES
Asparagus April late April - early June June
Beets July August October
Broccoli early June late June - July August
Cabbage June July - August October
Carrots August September, October November
Cauliflower early June late June - July August
Cucumbers May June - September October
Eggplant Early July mid July - September October
Garlic July August September
Green beans July August September
Kale July September and October November
Lettuce, greens March April - July September
Melons mid-August September October
Okra July late July - early September late September
Onions April May - October November
Peas late April May - early July late July
Peppers early July late July - September October
Potatoes April May - October November
Pumpkins September October October
Rhubarb late June July late July
Snap Beans May June - September October
Squash (summer) June July to September October
Squash (winter) August September October
Spinach April May - June late June
Sweet Corn late June July - September October
Tomatoes May June - September October
Watermelons August September October
FRUITS
Apples July September - October November
Apricots late July August mid-September
Blackberries early July mid-July to mid August August
Blueberries June July Aug
Cherries early June mid-June to mid July late July
Grapes Aug September October
Peaches, Nectarines June July - August late August
Pears August September October
Plums and pluots July August late August
Raspberries July July - September October
Strawberries May 20 June 10 to June 30 early July - everbearing varieties may continue until frost, usually at a lower rate of production
OTHER
Flowers, Herbs April May through August September

Common Colorado Peach and Nectarine Varieties -
Typical order of Ripening and Harvest Schedule
Variety Stone Typical harvest start date Typical harvest end date
PF # 1 Semi-clingstone June 28 July 6
PF 5D Big Semi-clingstone June 25 July 5
Early Red Haven Semi-clingstone July 15 July 25
Redgold (Nectarine) July 15 to 30. July 15 July 30
Rising Star Semi-clingstone July 20 Aug 5
Red Haven Semi-clingstone July 20 Aug 5
Blazing Star Freestone July 25 Aug
PF 15A Freestone Aug 1 August 10
Red Globe Freestone Aug 10 August 20
Angelus Freestone Aug 10 August 20
PF 11 (Nectarine) Freestone Aug 10 August 20
PF 25 Freestone Aug 15 August 25
Contender Freestone Aug 20 August 30
PF 19-007 Freestone Aug 25 September 5
PF 28-007 Freestone Aug 25 September 5
O'Henry Freestone September 5 Sepetmber 15



Common Colorado Cherry Varieties Harvest Schedule
Benton early June. Mid-season, Large sweet cherry with excellent firmness and flavor.
Black Pearl early June. Large, firm, with excellent flavor./ Stores very well.
Rainier mid June. Golden sweet cherry with red streaks.

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.


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book