Notes for May 2022: Spring is here and that means Strawberry season is upon us! It started in February in Florida, Texas, southern California; then March along the Gulf coast, April in the Deep South and west coast, May through much of the country, and June in northern areas. Cherries and Blueberries are next, about a month later. Of course, cool weather crops, like Rhubarb, asparagus and greens should be available almost everywhere. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.
We also have easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now. They have all copied their information from here and usually do not ever update. Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong or outdated, please write me!
Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!
Are you a farmer looking for seasonal workers? (Farms: add your job needs here) Or a student looking for a summer farm job? This page, as far as we can tell, is the most complete, current and comprehensive listing of farm job search websites and engines. While pick-your-own farms obviously employ fewer staff than regular farms, they still need some help.
These are good resources for both farmers looking for staff and workers looking for employment. There are also agricultural jobs available to working travellers; doing planting, peeling, packing and picking fruit and vegetables. Keep in mind that many small scale farmers advertise their job openings in local newspapers or by word of mouth, so you might have more success asking around in Pubs and farm associations in the farm's local area.
Expect to work hard for low pay - The product is fruit, nuts and veggies. An apple is not an Apple computer, so you won't get paid what an Apple employee is.
Wages vary, but are generally the lowest of any job in any country. The hours can be long and often necessary to work overtime and everyday to get the crops picked when it is ripe, so even though wages are often low, the hours can make up for it. Some farmers pay by the hour but others pay by the amount you pick (also called piece work). In any case, you obviously need to be reasonably fit and hard working to make it pay. Accommodation is often provided, although it is pretty basic and Spartan. If you desire work in agriculture and on farms, understand that picking is the absolute bottom rung on the ladder. If you have any education and/or a functioning brain; you might want to try something further up the food chain; such as a manager, sales clerk, tending to animals, etc.
PLEASE READ THIS: You must contact these farms and companies directly yourself. PickYourOwn.org has NO affiliation with them, and we have NO jobs to offer. I just put this page together to help contact the agencies and farms listed below!
I would recommend you start with this website: PickingJobs.com They specialize in jobs on farms picking fruit and vegetables and cover many countries.
Home Canning Kits
See the seller's website for more information, features, pricing and user reviews!
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!
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!
GGet them all here at the best prices on the internet! Just click below on
the mix that interests you!
Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book