Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

Chicago Area U-Pick Berry Guide - Toddling Around Chicagoland

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest.

With summer comes berry season. Strawberries are up first and there are several places around Chicago where you can pick them yourself.

Please remember that ripeness dates are not exact and it’s always a good idea to call first to verify the fruit you’d like is available on that day. Some places only accept cash. I’ve tried to include that information but it’s a good idea to check first or plan to pay in cash.

Don’t forget the sunscreen and have a great time on your berry hunt!



  • U-Pick fields will ope when strawberries are ready around the 2nd week of June.
  • Hours are 9am-6pm daily.
  • In addition to strawberries, they have blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, plums, pears, and lots of vegetables for you-pick. See website or Facebook page for ripe dates.
  • Country market.

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

  • Strawberries will be available in about mid-June.
  • Open Monday-Sunday from 9am-5pm.
  • Several vegetables are available when in season.

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 9am-4pm on Saturday, 1pm-4pm on Sunday, and 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.
  • Pick your own apples, peaches, and vegetables when in season.

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

  • Strawberries available in June. Blueberries available July through early August (Wednesdays & Sundays only).
  • Opens June 10, 8am-4pm.
  • Cash only.

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

  • See website or Facebook page for updates on strawberry & raspberry availability.
  • Open 9am-2pm Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
  • Asparagus and rhubarb also available when in season.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard, 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, 815-648-4141

  • No strawberries available. Raspberries available in late August.
  • Opens for U-pick on August 22. Open 10am-3:30pm Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
  • Apples and pumpkins are also available when ripe. There is a farm market, restaurant, playground, petting zoo, and rides.

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

  • Strawberry season begins in mid-June and usually runs 3-4 weeks. Blueberries are available mid-July to early August,
  • Open 9am-6:30pm Monday-Sunday.
  • 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, IL, 815-597-3011

  • Strawberries are expected to be available beginning around June 10-15.
  • Open 9am-6:30pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday.
  • Asparagus and pumpkins also available when in season. Country Store has additional items.

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

  • Strawberries will be 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.


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

  • Open in June for strawberry picking. See website for availability.
  • Open 8am-3pm weekdays, 8am-5pm weekends.
  • 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 generally ready in June, but call beforehand for availability information.
  • 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 generally ready in June, but call beforehand for availability information.
  • Open 9am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm Sunday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events.


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

  • Strawberries are not available. Blackberries available July 2-October 15, raspberries available June 10-October 15, blueberries available June 25-September 15.
  • Open 9am-6pm daily.
  • Peaches, pears, plums, apples, tomatoes, and raw honey are available when ripe.


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

  • Strawberry picking will begin around June 20th. Raspberries are available in late August.
  • Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm.
  • Pumpkins available when in season. Pre-picked berries are also available.
  • Cash only.


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


  1. A big thank you to all of our customers in 2014! We plan to have you back in 2015 to enjoy and u-pick red raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Cherries, peaches, plums and apples also avialable for u-pick.
    Happy holidays, Chuck

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