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What We Raise and When It Will Be Ripe

This chart is a guide to the vegetables, flowers and herbs we raise and when we expect them to be ready in a normal season. Predictions are always imprecise, particularly those dependent on the weather. And this is Wisconsin, where "normal" seasons occur so infrequently that we often don't even recognize them until they are over. These predictions were last updated on May 3, 2013 They may change a little as the season progresses. For current information on what is available any given day check Today at The Tree Farm.

Herbs

Vegetables

Flowers

  Available  
Vegetable Start End Remarks
Arugula early July early Nov Available as part of our salad greens planting.
Asparagus early May early June We sell asparagus by appointment only. Call 608 798 2286.
Beans, green and yellow early July Frost  
Beet greens early July late July  
Beets mid July early Nov  
Bitter melons early Aug Frost  
Broccoli early Aug early Nov Check the "today" page for availability in early to mid summer.
Brussels sprouts late Sep early Nov  
Cabbage early Aug early Nov Green, red, savoy
Cabbage for sauerkraut early Sep early Nov  
Carrots mid July early Nov  
Cauliflower mid Sept early Nov  
Celeriac mid Sep early Nov Also known as Celery root.
Chinese cabbage mid Sep early Nov Also known as Napa.
Chinese greens mid Sep early Nov Ching chiang tsai, bok choi
Collards early Aug early Nov Best picking in October.
Corn, sweet mid Aug early Oct  
Corn, ornamental October Also see popcorn.
Cucumbers late July late Aug Beit alpha and asian salad cucumbers, pickling cucumbers.
Cucuzzi early Aug Frost Also known as pale green snake gourd.
Dai-kon mid Sep early Nov Large sweet asian radishes. Japanese and Korean varieties.
Eggplant late July Frost Best in late August and September.
Flowers to cut mid June mid Oct Click here for flower list.
Gourds, ornamental October Many shapes and sizes
Gourds, dry, ornamental All year Any day we're open, or by appointment
Gourd, wax early Aug Frost Immature wintermelon.
Herbs early May early Nov View complete herb list
Kale early July early Nov Kale is sweetest in cool fall weather.
Kohlrabi mid July early Nov  
Lettuce, leaf early July early Nov See "salad greens".
Mustard greens mid Sep early Nov USA and Korean varieties. Best in October.
Okra mid July Frost  
Onions, dry mid Aug early Oct There will be a better supply of dry onions for storage this year.
Onions, green mid July early Nov  
Parsnips October Parsnips will also be available in April this year
Peas late June mid July  
Peapods late June mid July  
Peas, snap late June late July See Snap peas.
Peppers, hot late July Frost Over 20 kinds. Please see the hot peppers page for our selection. Best selection mid August to frost.
Peppers, sweet, bell, cubanelle late July Frost Bell peppers, European types, snack peppers.Best selection mid August to frost.
Popcorn October, December Yellow, red and blue varieties
Potatoes for storage mid Aug early Nov Red, white, yukon gold, fingerling. yellow Finn
Potatoes, new early July mid Aug  
Pumpkins mid Aug early Nov Green pumpkins in August; orange pumpkins best in October.
Rhubarb early May mid June We sell rhubarb by appointment. Call 608 798 2286.
Salad greens early July 20-Oct  
Snake gourd early Sept Frost Striped Indian snake gourd, pale green cucuzzi
Snap peas late June late July  
Spinach early Sept early Nov Spinach may also be available by appointment in late April and early May some years.
Squash, summer early July early Sep Zucchini, crookneck, Middle eastern zucchini
Squash, winter late Sep early Nov Acorn, blue hubbard, buttercup, butternut, kabocha, delicata, spaghetti, sweet dumplings
Swiss chard early July early Nov Small leaves for salad greens in July, large leaves later
Tomatillos early Aug Frost  
Tomatoes mid July Frost Red, yellow, paste (Roma), pink, beefsteak, cherry, grape plum types. Best supply and price for canning quantities in September.
Turnips and turnip greens October Best after the weather turns cool.
Wax gourd early Aug Frost See Gourd, wax.
Wintermelon late Sep Frost  
Zucchini early July early Sep See summer squash


Vegetables

Herbs

Flowers

  Available  
Herbs Start End Remarks
basil, purple early July Frost  
basil, sweet early July Frost  
basil, Thai early July Frost  
cilantro early May early Nov  
dill, headed late July Frost Flowers and/or seeds.
dill weed early July Frost  
lovage early May early Nov  
mint, peppermint, spearming early May early Nov    
oregano early May Frost  
parsley early Aug early Nov Curly and flat-leaf types.


Herbs

Flowers

Vegetables

  Available  
Flowers Start End Remarks
Baby's Breath early July mid July See gypsophilia.
Black Eyed Susans 10-July Frost  
Butterfly bush early July Frost  
Celosia early July Frost  
Cone flowers early July early Aug  
Cosmos early July Frost  
Cupid's darts early July Frost Pretty as fresh or dried flowers.
Daisies, gloriosa mid June Frost Rudbeckia
Daisies, shasta late June late July  
Delphinium mid May Frost  
Flamingo feathers early July Frost These are a variety of celosia with feathery pink flowers.
German statice early July early Aug Great as dried flowers.
Gladioli mid July Frost  
Gomphrena mid July Frost  
Gypsophilia early Jul mid July Baby's breath. Excellent for dried flowers.
Helichrysum early Aug Frost Also known as straw flowers. Make great dried flowers.
Marigolds early July Frost  
Lavender early July Frost  
Rudbeckia mid June Frost  
Snapdragons mid July mid Oct  
Statice mid July Frost Excellent dried flowers.
Statice, German early July early Aug Good as dried flowers.
Sunflowers early Aug mid Sept  
Yarrow early July Frost  
Zinnias mid July Frost  

Herbs Vegetables Flowers

*Frost. Items marked as frost sensitive will be destroyed by a killing frost. Many of the vegetables we raise are frost-sensitive. Because of our hilltop location, the first fall frost at The Tree Farm is often later than the first frost elsewhere in this area. In thirty years at our present location, we have had frost as early as September 20th, and as late as early November. On average, the first frost comes about the end of the first week in October. Check Today at The Tree Farm for up to date information on what is available at The Tree Farm.


The Tree Farm
The Pick-your-own Vegetables Place
Cut-your-own Christmas Trees on December Weekends
In Northwestern Dane County, Wisconsin, serving Madison and the surrounding area
8454 Highway 19
Cross Plains, WI 53528
608.798.2286

Updated May 3, 2013

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