Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2018

Strawberries in a basket

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.


  • Strawberry picking began June 10.
  • Hours are 10:00 am-6:00 pm daily; 10:00 am-5:30 pm for strawberry picking.
  • 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

  • No strawberries available in 2018.

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

  • Knutson Harvest has closed.

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

  • Strawberries are no longer being grown at McCann. Blueberries available July through early August (Wednesdays & Sundays only).
  • Open 8am-3pm Wednesdays and Sundays once 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 ended.
  • See Facebook page for current hours.
  • Tomatoes will be available later in the 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.
  • 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 and cherry 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

  • Strawberry picking has ended for 2018.
  • The farm market has fruits & vegetables available for purchase.

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

  • Strawberries has begun. Cherry picking will likely begin June 27.
  • Open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, closed 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

  • Strawberry and cherry picking has begun.
  • Open 9am-5:30pm 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

  • Strawberry picking has begun.
  • Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm 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

  • Closed for the season.


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

  • Opens June 28.
  • Call for information. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries available when in season.
  • Peaches, pears, plums, apples, tomatoes, and raw honey are available when ripe.


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

  • Strawberry season has begun.
  • Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm Sunday.

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

  • Strawberry picking has begun; 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.
  • Cash only.

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

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

juicy red strawberries

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