Where in Malta to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

Where in Malta to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: January 2018: Strawberries have a very brief season; and the start in early April in the South, don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green!  Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.)  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Malta U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

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  • Ta Mena Estate - winery, olives, tours, B&B, pick fruit and vegetables
    Rabat Road, Xaghra XRA 9010 Malta. Phone: 356 2156 4939. Email: info@tamena-gozo.com. Open: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Our guests are invited to involve themselves in fruit and vegetable picking and experience the preparation of these traditional food products. At Ta’ Mena Estate we organise guided tours around our extensive vineyards and olive grove followed by wine and food tasting. We at Ta’ Mena Estate grow our own grapes to produce great wines with a particular Gozitan character. We are proud that ten of our blends have been certified as GOZO D.O.K. Wines (Certified Denomination of Origin) which is the highest wine certification for Maltese wines. We also have two I.G.T. wines which certify that they have been produced from Gozo grown grapes. We can organise private tours, lunches or dinners on any weekday for groups of at least 15 persons or a minimum charge of € 200.00. We offer different menus of traditional Gozitan dishes according to the season and order freshly baked focaccia in our stone oven. Kindly contact us for quotations.For smaller groups or individuals we are organising a tour & tasting session every Thursday at 4.30pm and Saturday at 1.00pm . You will have a guided tour around the Estate followed by a wine and olive oil tasting which will include our Ta’ Mena platter, cold antipasti from our produce. Tour & Tasting might take about two hours. Pre-booking is necessary. Every Friday we are organising a BBQ night from 8.00pm onwards. Pre-booking is necessary. We can organise transport from anywhere around Gozo. Walking tours around the estate are available any day from 9:30 to 17:00. No pre-booking is necessary. Entrance is free of charge. We also have wine and olive oil tasting sessions on the estate. Accommodation in farmhouses and in an apartment in Marsalforn Bay are available (for information email joseph@tamena-gozo.com ) .  (ADDED: September 16, 2015, JBS)

South Africa Pick-your-own calendar
Typical dates - Varies by farm and season

November Strawberries
December Raspberries, Strawberries, Loganberries, Boysenberries, Tayberries, Silvanberries, Cherries, Peaches
January Raspberries, Strawberries, Loganberries, Boysenberries, Tayberries, Silvanberries, Black Currents, Cherries, Apricots 
February Raspberries, Strawberries, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Apples
March Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Apples
April Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Apples


Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Apples
June Raspberries (Fall crop)






Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Wholesale Foods

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Local Honey Sources:

Horse Rides and More:

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Farm Bed And Breakfasts



In addition to listings of U Pick farms, I hope the following pages are helpful to you!

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Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]









Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits


Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

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. 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!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

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!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!