Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2017

Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy berry? You can buy them at the grocery store, but it’s a chore to go shopping and you often find the strawberries (or raspberries, or blueberries) are just not that fresh. Treat yourself and your kids to super fresh, ripe berries right off the vine at one of the pick-your-own farms. Not only will you have delicious strawberries, but it’s a great family activity!

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 begins in early June and runs until late June.
  • Currently, hours are 10:00 am-6:00 pm, weekends only; hours will change during strawberry-picking season.
  • U-pick apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Several fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at the farm stand.

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

  • Strawberries will likely be ready for picking around June 10.
  • 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 will begin in mid-June and likely run into July.
  • 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 10am-3pm Wednesday through Saturday.
  • Pick your own apples, peaches, and vegetables when in season.

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

  • Strawberries expected to be available in early 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

  • See Facebook page for updates on strawberry picking.
  • Open 9am-2pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday-Sunday.
  • Asparagus is available when in season.

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

  • Strawberry picking begins in June. Raspberries available July-October.
  • Open 8:30 am-5:30 pm daily.
  • 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 is expected to begin in June.
  • 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

  • Strawberry picking will begin in June.
  • The farm market has fruits & vegetables available for purchase.

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

  • Strawberries are ripe in mid-June.
  • Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm 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 begins in June.
  • Open 9am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-5:30 pm Sunday.
  • 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 typically available in early June. Call before you go!
  • Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events.
  • Strawberry Madness Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12.

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

  • Strawberries are typically available in early June. Call before you go!
  • Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events.
  • Strawberry Madness Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12.

Michigan

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

  • Opens June 23.
  • Call for information. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries available when in season.
  • 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 usually begins in mid- or late-June.
  • Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm Sunday.

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

  • Strawberry picking is expected to begin in mid-June, 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

  • See Facebook page for updates on strawberry picking and hours.

Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries? 

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