So Simple, Right?
At first glance there might not seem to be anything especially magical about this picture, featuring a mix of fresh berries. But look a little closer, and you’ll see strawberries, which often are only available in May, sometimes finishing by Memorial Day weekend. Blueberries, depending on harvest conditions, are typically May and June fruit. Red Raspberries don’t hit their stride until well into late June, and Blackberries are typically considered to be a July fruit. Thanks to season extending specialty varieties, we can sometimes now harvest blackberries in June, enabling the occasional opportunity to snap a “Mixed Berry” picture as beautiful as this!
Look below for a general guide to what Agriberry Farm may to bring to market each month from our fields or our regional Partner Farmers. Click on each month to see what’s ahead.
“Harvest Peaks” indicate that a fruit is at the highest production and availability, which is usually the best time buy, preserve and eat with abandon. If a fruit stores well (think apples and pears), we may be able to bring that fruit to market well beyond its initial harvest period.
Strawberries~May is Peak Season for strawberries in Central Va. We recommend having any you want to freeze put away by Memorial Day. (June and July strawberries can happen but are considered to be a “bonus.”)
Asparagus~Occasionally available thru Memorial Day. Heat stresses the plants and limits the ability to continue cutting in the fields.
Rhubarb~May is the Harvest Peak. Get it and freeze it when you can, with or without the strawberries. You’ll be so glad you did!
Blueberries~Mid-May initial availability, depending on prevailing temperatures
Sugar Snap Peas, while neither a fruit nor a perennial, are undeniably delicious and ephemeral, so when we can find them, we often bring them to market and include them in our earliest shares as an alternative to more of the other limited fruits (strawberries and blueberries) available.
Red Raspberries~Limited May harvest, occasionally as early as Mother’s Day depending on prevailing temperatures.
Strawberries~June availability varies widely depending on May temperatures: a May heat spell will end the harvest early, but with cooler temperatures, the harvest can continue through June with good production
Blueberries~June is the Harvest Peak for blueberries and is a great time to buy and freeze these delicious, easy to use powerhouses.
Red Raspberries~June is the First Harvest Peak for red raspberries; raspberries freeze well for future use.
Apricots, if available, are the an early stone fruit, typically ripening in mid-June.
Black Raspberries~Mid-to-late June (entire harvest), limited availability and very brief season. Pre-orders recommended for this specialty item.
Royalty Raspberries~Also typically harvested in the last weeks of June, this dusky purple cross of a black an a red raspberry is some people’s favorite berry of the season, with a subtle earthy flavor and silky, high pectin mouthfeel. We grow it specifically for it’s dynamite jam making and baking potential, and it’s a special order item, not usually available at markets.
Cherries~June is the harvest period for all varieties of cherries available in the Eastern growing region: tart or sweet, and availability can be limited. We recommend pre-orders for larger quantities.
Blackberries~mid-to-late June harvests of “king” berries of our premium Early Season varieties
Peaches~Limited availability of Early Season (cling) Varieties
Blueberries~mid-to-late July is the end of blueberries. Be sure your freezer is stocked!
Red Raspberries~Limited availability in July
Blackberries~July is the Harvest Peak for our sweetest varieties.
Donut Peaches~Considered by many to be their own food group, atop the pyramid of deliciousness. Available for brief intervals in July and August as successive varieties are harvested. Get ’em when you see ’em.
Yellow and White Peaches and Nectarines~July is the Harvest Peak for many varieties, and we have our heart set on Chuck’s peaches this season. Let us know when you need your big batch for canning.
Dessert Plums~July for some varieties
Red Raspberries~Limited availability in August, but so delicious with white or yellow peaches
Blackberries~August is Harvest Peak for Late Season varieties, especially Chester, the premium blackberry for baking and jam making
Peaches and Nectarines~August is the Harvest Peak for many favorite varieties. Definitely time to do your canning and freezing
Dessert Plums and European Prune Plums~August is the Harvest Peak for Dessert (Japanese) Plums, and mid-to-late August marks the earliest availability for the meaty, freestone European varieties
Asian Pears and Apples~ First varieties in mid-August
Pears~Tiny Harvest Queen, Bartlett and Crispie pears are harvested in August. Be ready, they go fast!
Red Raspberries~September begins Fall Harvest period
Blackberries~Late season varieties with limited availability
Peaches and Nectarines~Last varieties harvested through mid-September
European Prune Plums~September is the Harvest Peak
Asian Pears~Harvest Peak
Pears~Multiple varieties harvested, but many need storge time prior to use
Apples~Earliest Honeycrisps and other mid-season apples harvested
Grapes~Concord grapes at Harvest Peak
Red Raspberries~Excellent harvest conditions for fall berries until the until the first hard frost
Blackberries~Limited late season supply until the until the first hard frost
European Prune Plums~Limited potential availability from storage
Asian Pears~Good potential availability from storage
Pears~Late season varieties harvested and storage availability
Apples~Late season varieties harvested, peak season
Pears~Late storage varieties (Magness)
Apples~Winter storage varieties (Honeycrisp, GoldRush, Pink Lady, Fuji)
Winter storage apples (Honeycrisp, GoldRush, Pink Lady, Fuji)
Quantities of most varieties will be limited in March and April