Strawberry and Berry Picking In and Around Lake County {2018}

My kids can’t get enough of berries. So to them the only thing better than eating sweet strawberries , blueberries, and raspberries is picking them. We are very fortunate that we live in an area where picking unlimited berries are within driving distance. So my family makes a point to go out every year and make a family tradition out of it.

Like always, be sure to call each of these farms  to check crop status and picking conditions before heading out.

u-pick strawberries in lake county

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 the Facebook page for updates and picking conditions. This is a no-frills berry picking experience.

Cody’s Farm and Orchard
19502 River Rd., Marengo | (815) 482-4125
Daily picking hours, once the season opens, is from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Check the Facebook page and website for updates and picking conditions but as it stands, picking begins early June. However, conditions may vary due to weather. The farm provides boxes for picking and puts hay in between the rows to prevent muddy shoes. But be aware that there it is a bit of a hike to get to the patch, so this might not be the best choice if you have young children. If you are unable to pick yourself, you can purchase pre-picked strawberries at the farm stand.

Photo source Heiders Berry Farm on Facebook

Heider’s Berry Farm
1106 N. Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock | (815) 338-0301
Daily picking hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., June- September (Frost). Hours may be changed due to weather and supply.
Be sure to check the website for updated information on weather conditions, picking and prices.  This farm provides picking containers and allows you to bring them home with you. Feel free to bring a lunch and use their picnic area. This farm is nice because they have a small farm stand where you can buy a cold drink. However, please note this farm only accepts cash or checks. 

McCann’s Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock | (815) 568-8810
Mid-June to July 4th (strawberries) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
This strawberry farm has been around for 35 years! It is a great place to pick berries, and one of Loralies favorites – read her review here! While they are not certified organic, they use an integrated pest management approach to control crop pests, and use as little pesticides as possible, which is important to me and my family. Containers are provided at McCann’s, but if you bring your own container, you will receive 50 cents off your strawberries. Also, this business ONLY takes cash or checks, so come prepared.

 

Radical Root Farm *New for 2018*
31330 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville
The organic u-pick strawberry patch at Radical Root Farm is a collaboration between two families, the Parker-Needham family of Radical Root Organic Farm, and the McCormick family, organic microfarmers and longtime family friends.Strawberries will be weather-dependent and ripe-dependent.  Every morning we will update both our  Strawberry U-pick’s Facebook Page and our Strawberry hotline at 779-400-5852.

© T. Rubel | Little Lake County.com | 2018

Stade’s Farm and Market 
2709 W. Miller Rd., McHenry
Daily picking hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m; farm opens in mid-June (exact day to be announced).
Stade’s offers nearly 20 acres of fresh strawberries to pick. Since discovering Stade’s two years ago, this farm has become our family tradition each year for strawberry picking.  There is a $4.00 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch (which is a 1 quart basket). Baskets are included in the price and you are only allowed to pick into Stade’s containers. We always get the big one, as my kids are berry obsessed!  In the past, Farmtractions were available during strawberry picking, however as of last year they have changed this due to mud. Check the Facebook page for updates and picking conditions. Read Little Lake County’s review of Stade’s — it may answer any questions you may have.

Thompson’s Strawberry Farm
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI.| (262) 857-2353
Weekday picking from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on weekends in June and July.
Thompson’s strawberry farm provides a traditional strawberry picking experience for the whole family with 20 acres of strawberries. Strawberries are $9 for a 4-quart basket, which is one of the cheapest prices around. There are also discounts here — such as They offer more ways to save by offering discounts like pick six  baskets and only pay for five, and save 50 cents when you reuse their baskets. However, please be ready to leave at closing time, fees are charged if you stay out on the field past the posted hours. Note, this business ONLY accepts CASH. Check the Facebook page for updates and picking conditions. And be sure to read Loralie’s review of Thompson’s before heading out to pick strawberries!

Tom’s Farm and Market
10214 Algonquin Rd., Huntley | (847) 669- 3421
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Harvest happens only once a year in June.
Call ahead to check field conditions and updates, or check the website. And be sure to read Little Lake County’s list of 10 Reasons to Visit Tom’s Farm and Market!

 

U-Pick Blueberries, Raspberries, and Cherries 

Harvest Time Orchards – {Cherries} 
36116 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI | (262) 877-4831
Picking is available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
There is a very small window for cherries (late June/early July), so check the website often. The crop is limited and demand is high so it is usually just a day or two of picking. Located just seven miles from Antioch is this hidden gem of a farm offering U-Pick cherries.  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 perfume due to the high amount of bees.  Please note these are tart cherries not sweet cherries. Check out Loralie’s review of Harvest Time.

Heider’s Berry Farm  {Black raspberries and gold raspberries}
1106 Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock | (815) 338-0301
Picking daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Black raspberries are offered from July until August and gold raspberries can be picked July through September. There are also pre-picked cherries for sale.  Picking containers are provided for picking and transporting berries home. Feel free to bring a lunch and use the picnic area at the farm. Drinks may be purchased at the farm stand, but not brought from home. Please note that currently only cash or checks are accepted here. 

Klee’s Out on a Limb Acres {Currants, gooseberries, and elderberries}
4704 W. Seven Mile Rd., Caledonia, WI *| (262) 835-7728
(* when using GPS to get here, be sure to enter 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.
Currents are offered during the last week of June; and gooseberries starting the first week of July. They also offer elderberries starting in August, but the birds tend to diminish this crop early.

McCann’s Berry Farm  {Blueberries}
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock | (815) 568-8810
Blueberry picking is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.  Wednesday hours are from 8:00 a.m. until picked out (generally by 2:00 p.m.) and  Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until picked out (generally by 1:00 p.m.).
Blueberries are in season generally around July 10th through the second week of August. Be sure to check the website for picking updates if you do not want to miss them.  My son is absolutely obsessed with blueberries, so this farm is on our summer bucket list. Please call ahead for picking conditions and ONLY cash or check is accepted here as payment. Picking containers are provided. Read Little Lake County’s review of McCann’s before heading out!

Stade’s Farm and Market  {Raspberries} 
2709 W. Miller Rd., McHenry | 815-675-6396
Raspberry picking offered daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The summer crop begins early in July and the fall crop begins in mid-August and continues to produce until early to mid-October. You must use Stade’s containers in the field, and there is a $4 per person minimum purchase required which is equals to a one-quart container. Credit cards and cash are accepted. Head to Stade’s Facebook page for updates and picking conditions.

Photo source : thompson Strawberry Farm Facebook Page.

Thompson’s Strawberry Farm   {Raspberries} 
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI | (262) 857-2353
Raspberry picking is available Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., depending on conditions. Raspberries are $5 per pint or $10 per quart. Containers are provided for picking and transporting. Check out Loralie’s review of Thompson’s Strawberry Farm for more information.

Do you know of any other places to pick delicious berries? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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