Pick your own


A recent survey of 10-year-olds revealed that over half of the kids thought that eggs grow in a field, like wheat. It is past time for something to change. There should not be that much of a  disconnect about the source of food.  It is time for parents to do something with their kids  that they may not have done before: go pick some food!

We were very lucky when we lived in the Hartford, Connecticut area that we had berry farms, apple and peach orchards, and a vegetable farm all within a 20 minutes’ drive. My kids all understand not only how those items grow, but how to select mature, ripe produce and but how much better they taste when they are picked ripe and fresh!

Whenever I have moved to a new state one of the “settling in” tasks I do, right after getting a library card, is to get online and go to Pick Your Own.  There you can pretty quickly identify farms within a reasonable driving distance that offer fruits and/or vegetables.

What can be picked when? Below is a general guide….call the farm listed for your area and they will let you know very specifically when you should come for the peak of freshness and availability!

Have fun! Yummies ahead!!

June

Vegetables

  • corn
  • lettuce

Fruit

  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • cherries
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • apricots

July

Vegetables

  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • summer squash
  • corn
  • green beans
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • plums

    August

    Vegetables

    • cucumbers
    • corn
    • eggplant
    • tomatoes
    • summer squash
    • green beans
    • lettuce

    Fruits

    • watermelon
    • strawberries
    • cantaloupe
    • blueberries
    • peaches
    • apricots
    • kiwi
    • raspberries
    • plums

    September

    Vegetables

    • eggplants
    • pumpkins
    • tomatoes
    • spinach
    • lettuce

    Fruits

    • grapes
    • pomegranates

    October

    Vegetables

    • sweet potatoes
    • pumpkins
    • winter squash
    • broccoli
    • spinach lettuce

    Fruits

    • cranberries
    • apples
    • pomegranates
    • grapes
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3 Responses to Pick your own

  1. Cuzzn-Dread says:

    Reblogged this on Cuzzn-Dread's Can-O-Worms and commented:
    This is a great post for the summer. Everything is better fresh!

  2. Thank you for sharing. Now I know where I can go to pick my own in Oregon.

  3. Gunta says:

    Thanks, but so much depends on location, location, location. Thanks for the link.

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