7 Berry Picking Farms Near Chicago

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available. Rather than head to a big box store; U-pick farms are the places to be. Pick your way through the Midwest’s best spots for the freshest, homegrown berries, veggies, and other fruits at the following farms.

Stade’s Farm & Market

This sprawling farm located in McHenry County offers 20 acres of strawberries ripe for the picking. The farm is open for the market and for U-pick service. Pricing varies based on the size of the basket, from $6 for a 1-quart to $18 for a 4-quart. Stade’s bakery and shop includes pies and jams. Check the farm’s Facebook page before you go for updates and the latest offerings.

Tom’s Farm Market

Tom’s is a family-owned farm that has been open for more than 40 years. Located in Huntley, Tom’s offers a bakery, farm market and garden center for delicious treats, plants and more. The U-pick strawberry fields are open and pickers are asked to monitor the farm’s website for updates. Pre-picked strawberries are available in the market and tempting treats in the bakery.

McCann Berry Farm

Head out to Woodstock for prime picking at McCann’s, another farm that has been open to families for more than 35 years. McCann’s offers three acres of blueberries. Blueberry picking begins around July 15 through the first week of August on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check the website before going. Cash or check only.

Thompson Strawberry Farm

Situated just over the Wisconsin border the farm’s slogan is, “The Berry Best Place to Be!” The farm has been growing strawberries for more than 70 years, and also offers sunflowers (in July) and raspberries (in September). Baskets will be available. Price is $16 per 4-quart basket. Entrance fee is $5 per car weekdays, $10 per car weekends. Pre-picked berries are $22 per 4-quart basket, no entrance fee. It is opening an adventure farm this fall.

Garwood Orchards

  • Address: 5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, Ind.
  • Distance from Chicago: 60 miles
  • Picking options: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries

Get the full experience, thanks to a focus on farming, family, and community at this nearly 200-year-old family business. U-pick strawberry prices vary and is now open 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Watch its Facebook page for specials. Call ahead 219-362-4385 to make sure berries are still available, but Garwood says this is the best crop in years. U-Pick options range include blueberries to black raspberries in July.

Johnson’s Farm Produce

U-pick and the store market are now open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (U-pick gate closes one hour earlier). Weekend festivals will run from June through October to highlight the freshest produce available. Strawberry Festival admission $9 per person, regular U-pick $4 per person. 4-quart U-Pick buckets are $14. Also offers blueberries in July, raspberries in August, watermelon in September, pumpkins in the fall.

Stateline Blueberries

This farm dates back to 1942 where some of the original blueberry bushes still thrive and produce fruit. The newest owners have been in business for 20 years strong and their main focal point is the U-pick. Blueberries begin in July. Bring your own container or buy one there. Cash and credit card accepted.

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