Even if you don't have the space or time to grow all your fruits and vegetables yourself, you can still have the satisfaction of harvesting fresh, local produce yourself at a pick-your-own operation. To help you find one close to you -- whether you live in Alabama or Wyoming, or even Germany or New Zealand -- the www.pickyourown.org website will help you track one down.
Organized by county (for the U.S.), pick-your-own-operations offering everything from apples, berries, and vegetables to flowers, chestnuts, and pumpkins are listed. Included is contact information, directions to the farm, and whether the produce offered is grown organically. There are also sections listing farm and roadside stands and operations offering honey, maple syrup, milk, eggs, meat, horse rides, even farm venues for hosting events and parties.
In addition, there is an extensive and informative section with lots of great information on home canning; freezing; drying; and making jams, jellies, ice cream, and gelato. You can even order your canning supplies on the site.
To find out where to harvest or purchase local produce near you, go to: Pick Your Own .