Chicago Area U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2016

Child picking strawberries

June = juicy strawberries! We’re getting plenty of sunshine and rain lately and that helps grow some delicious strawberries. Spend a day in the sun and let that strawberry juice run right down your chin, but be sure to pick plenty for baking and freezing.

Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept cash or checks).

I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always best to double check and call before you go, especially because picking conditions can change daily, or even hourly.

Illinois

  • Strawberry picking has begun and will continue until the end of June.
  • Hours are 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • U-pick pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Several fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at the farm stand.
  • There will be no strawberry u-pick available at Garden Patch Farms this year. They will have cherries soon, as well as blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, plums, pears, and lots of vegetables.

Guelde Strawberries, 4779 E. 1525th Road, Earlville, 815-228-9603

  • Strawberries will likely be ready for picking this week.
  • Hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily once strawberries are ready for picking.

Heider’s Berry Farm, 1106 N. Queen Anne Road, Woodstock, 815-338-0301

  • Strawberry picking has begun.
  • Hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm daily.
  • Raspberries are available for picking in July.
  • The market sells rhubarb, black raspberries, cherries, and gold raspberries when in season, as well as jam.
  • Cash or check only.

Knutson Harvest13550 Townhouse Road, Newark, 815-695-5905

  • Strawberries are generally available beginning in mid-June. Black raspberries available in the month of July, 4 varieties of blueberries available early July through mid-August, black raspberries available in August.
  • Open 9:00 am-2:00 pm Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday.
  • Pick your own apples, peaches, and vegetables when in season.

McCann Berry Farm, 18110 Kishwaukee Road, Woodstock, 815-568-8810

  • Strawberries available in mid-June. Blueberries available July through early August (Wednesdays & Sundays only).
  • Opens 8am-4pm daily when the season begins.
  • Sugar snap peas are also available when in season.
  • Cash or check only.

Olive Berry Acres, 2575 West Mine Road, Mazon, 815-474-6511

  • Strawberry picking has begun. See website or Facebook page for updates on raspberry availability.
  • Hours vary. See website or Facebook page for schedule.
  • Asparagus and rhubarb also available when in season.

Stade’s Farm & Market, 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, 815-675-6396

  • Strawberry picking has begun. Raspberries available July-October.
  • Open 8:30 am-5:30 pm daily.
  • Peaches, rhubarb, apples, pumpkins, and lots of vegetables are available when in season. Bakery items and other food are available.

Susie’s Garden Patch, 10258 US Highway 20, Garden Prairie, 815-597-3011

  • Strawberries picking has begun.
  • Open 9:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5:00 pm Sunday. Closed Mondays.
  • Asparagus and pumpkins also available when in season. Country Store has additional items.

Tom’s Farm Market, 10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley, 847-669-3421

  • No U-pick strawberries available this year. They do have a farm market with fruits & vegetables available for purchase.

Valley Orchard811 E. State Street, Cherry Valley, 815-332-9696

  • Strawberries are ripe in mid-June.
  • Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, closed Sunday.
  • Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and apples also available to pick when in season.
  • Store and bakery.

Indiana

Garwood Orchard5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, IN, 219-362-4385

  • Strawberry picking has begun.
  • Open 8:30 am-5:30 pm daily.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, apples, pumpkins, and more.
  • Farm market and special events.

Johnson’s Farm Produce, 8960 E. Ridge Road, Hobart, IN, 219-962-1383

  • Strawberries are currently available for u-pick.
  • Open 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events.

Johnson’s Farm Produce, 718 West Hwy 30, Valparaiso, IN, 219-759-6359

  • Strawberries are currently available for u-pick.
  • Open 9am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm Sunday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events.

Rosey’s Berry Farm, 1066 N. 1150 West, Michigan City, IN, 219-874-2981

  • U-pick strawberries are available now, but only until June 17, 2016.
  • Open 7am-6pm daily.

Michigan

The Extraordinary Berry, 3091 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor, MI, 269-470-4645

  • Call for information. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries available when in season.
  • Open 9am-6pm daily.
  • Peaches, pears, plums, apples, tomatoes, and raw honey are available when ripe.

Wisconsin

Berryville Farm, 424 13th Avenue, Racine, WI, 262-498-6648

  • Strawberry season is expected to begin around June 20.
  • Hours to be announced.

Thompson Strawberry Farm, 14000 75th Street, Bristol, WI, 262-857-2353

  • Strawberry picking has begun, but check the website for current picking conditions. Raspberries are available in late August.
  • Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • Pumpkins available when in season. Pre-picked berries are also available.
  • Cash only.

Walvoord Berry Farm, W2160 Smies Road, Oostburg, WI, 920-668-6481

  • Strawberry picking has begun.
  • Open Monday-Friday 7:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am-5:00 pm.

 

Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries? Or a good berry recipe to share?

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