Saturday, December 8, 2012

Buying Fresh Manitoba Produce in Season - Margaret Ullrich


I recently attended a Christmas party hosted by the MB Food Processors Association (MFPA).  Of course, the food was delicious.
It was interesting to learn a bit more about the food industry in Manitoba.

I mentioned that I wanted to know when produce is in season here.
The app at the bottom of this page, which has info from Minnesota, isn't totally accurate for us.
I wanted to provide Manitobans with something more useful.


Landon Mah, Marketing and Trade Officer, Midwestern Region (Manitoba), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, sent me a chart about when produce is best to pick here.

Megan Deaust, Program Manager - Buy Manitoba (Administered by the MB Food Processors Association), also sent me an e mail.
She had done some searching and found that the Peak of the Market website has extra information about some produce and when it is in season.  Just go to the top of the site, put your cursor over the 'crops' button and a drop down will appear.


Some of the information matched.  Most didn't.
I've combined the two lists below:


When to Pick in Manitoba       Peak of The Market

beg May to end June
asparagus                                 beg May to end June

beg June - end July
cherries 

beg June - end Aug
rhubarb 

beg June - mid Oct
broccoli                                    mid July - end Oct
potatoes

beg June - end Oct
greens
herbs

mid June - end July
strawberries 

beg July - end Aug
celery
gooseberries
nectarines
peas

beg July - end Sept
beans
cantaloupes
cucumbers                                beg July - end Sept                      
eggplant
green peppers                           beg July - end Sept      
raspberries
summer squash                         mid July - mid Oct
tomatoes 

beg July - mid Oct
beets                                       mid July - end Apr

beg July - end Nov
cabbage                                   beg July - end Feb
carrots                                     mid July - end Apr

mid July - end Aug
blackberries
blueberries
saskatoons

mid July - end Oct
apples 

beg Aug - mid Sept
sweet corn 

beg Aug - mid Oct
pears

beg Aug - end Oct
Asian pears
winter squash                           beg Sept - end Dec

mid Aug - mid Sept
choke cherries

beg Sept - end Oct
pumpkins

beg Sept - end Nov
Brussels sprouts

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According to Peak of the Market

Year round
potatoes (red) (russet)

beg July - end Oct
green Onions

mid June - mid Oct
lettuce

mid July - mid Nov
cauliflower

beg Aug - mid May
onions

mid Aug - end Dec
rutabagas

mid Aug - end May
parsnips

beg Sept - end May
potatoes (Yukon Gold)

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