Strawberry and Berry Picking Around Lake County {2017}

As a child, I loved to go berry picking and I love to do it with my children now that I am a parent. It takes me back to my rural roots in an area that isn’t very rural any more. We live within driving distance of some great places to find unlimited berries which will make for some amazing smoothies, shakes, pies and cakes. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme but hum that in your head while reading about where you can pick your berries locally.

pick your own strawberries

Strawberry picking season usually starts the middle of June and lasts anywhere from 2-4 weeks, so plan your visit(s) accordingly. 

U-Pick Strawberries Around Lake County 

Berryville Farm
424 13th Ave., Racine, WI.| (262) 498-6648
Picking is available daily from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Sundays.)
Check their Facebook page for updates and picking conditions.

Cody’s Farm and Orchard
19502 River Rd., Marengo | (815) 482-4125
Picking daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Check their Facebook page and website for updates and picking conditions but as it stands, picking begins early June.
The farm provides boxes for picking as well as putting hay in between the rows to prevent muddy shoes. But be aware that there is a walk to the patch so this might not be the best choice if you have small children.

Heider’s Berry Farm
1106 N. Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock | (815) 338-0301
Picking daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Be sure to check their website for updated information on weather conditions and picking as well as updated prices and note that this farm ONLY accepts cash.

McCann’s Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock | (815) 568-8810
Picking daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Containers are provided at McCann’s but if you bring your own container, you will receive 50 cents off your strawberries. Also, they ONLY take cash or checks so come prepared. You can read Loralie’s review of McCann’s here!

pick your own strawberries

Stade’s Farm and Market 
2709 W. Miller Rd., McHenry
Picking daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
There is a $3.00 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch. Baskets are included in the price and you are only allowed to pick into Stade’s containers. Check their Facebook page for updates and picking conditions.
Read our review of Stade’s to answer any questions you may have.

Thompson Strawberry Farm 
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI.| (262) 857-2353
Picking daily from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m and on weekends from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
When you pick six baskets, you get one free and you receive 25 cents off when you re-use their baskets the next time you visit. Note that they ONLY accept cash. Check their Facebook page for updates and picking conditions. Read Loralie’s review of Thompson’s before heading strawberry picking!

Tom’s Farm and Market
10214 Algonquin Rd., Huntley | (847) 669- 3421
Call ahead to check field conditions as well as updates or check the website. Check out Little Lake County’s list of 10 Reasons to Visit Tom’s Farm and Market!

U-Pick Blueberries, Raspberries, and Cherries 

Grace Farm Studios 
2719 Franklinville Rd., Woodstock | (815) 790-8895
Call ahead to confirm picking: Monday- Thursday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.. They offer red, purple and black berries. Read Loralie’s (she really gets around!) review of Grace Farm Studios to get an idea of what they are all about .

Harvest Time Orchards 
36116 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI | (262) 877-4831
Picking is available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
There is a very small window for cherries (late June/early July), so check the website often. You must use their buckets for picking but you need to bring your own containers to bring the cherries home. (Most people use Ziploc bags.) Women are advised not to wear strong perfume due to the high amount of bees. Check out Loralie’s (I want to be her when I grow up) review of Harvest Time.

Heider’s Berry Farm 
1106 Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock | (815) 338-0301
Picking daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. As always, check the website for conditions and updates.
Raspberries are offered from July until September; black raspberries in July; cherries from July 1st-15th; and gold raspberries in July and September up until the first frost. Please note that this farm ONLY accepts cash.

Homestead Orchard
11802 Charles Rd., Woodstock | (815) 338-7443
Picking is available Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Pie cherries are available beginning at the end of May, and blackberries are available in July. Admission is free and only cash and checks are accepted.

Klee’s Out on a Limb Acres
4704 W. Seven Mile Rd., Caledonia, WI *| (262) 835-7728
(* when using GPS to get here, use the full zip code 53108-9740 to find the exact location.)
Klee’s is generally open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., but call ahead to confirm. They offer currants in June; a limited supply of gooseberries in July; as well as elderberries in August.

McCann’s Berry Farm 
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock | (815) 568-8810
Blueberry picking is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. July through early August. Please call ahead for picking conditions and ONLY cash or check is accepted as payment. Read Little Lake County’s review of McCann’s before heading out!

Stade’s Farm and Market 
2709 W. Miller Rd., McHenry | 815-675-6396
Stade’s isn’t just for fall and pumpkin season! In addition to the strawberry picking listed earlier, they also offer raspberry picking daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You are only allowed to pick using Stade’s containers, and there is a $3 per person minimum purchase required. Credit cards and cash are accepted. Head to Stade’s Facebook page for updates and picking conditions.

Thompson Strawberry Farm 
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI.| (262) 857-2353
Raspberry picking is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. but be sure to check the Facebook page for picking conditions as well as updates. Loralie (she is so busy!) wrote a great review of Thompson’s that you want to check out before you head over the border.

Do you have any hidden gems to pick berries that we didn’t mention here? Let us know in the comments! 

About Kari Wagner Hoban 43 Articles
Kari loves to write and take photos, not necessarily in that order. Her journey started in 2010 when she sat down to write a few words on a private blog. She pressed “public” a few weeks later and the rest is history. Kari loves making people laugh, being real, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also really loves her dog Buddy and fish Lucy. When she is not busy writing or going through the Starbucks drive thru, you can find her talking to her plants Zoe, Evie and Albert. She didn’t name Evie. Her nine year old did. But she's totally an Edna so that’s what Kari calls her when her nine year old isn’t home.

4 Comments

  1. Grace Farm Studios listed above in Woodstock offers organically grown raspberries and also Saskatoon berries and Red Currants. Gooseberries will be available in late June.

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