July U-Pick Round-Up: Summer Raspberries, Cherries, Blueberries and Currants!

berry picking in lake countyBreak out your stain stick! Strawberry season may be over, but area farms and orchards are still offering opportunities to pick-your-own deliciousness. Summer raspberries, blueberries, currants and cherries are now (or soon will be) available with Fall raspberries expected mid-August. A drive to nearby McHenry County or a hop over the border to Wisconsin, will not only yield some tasty fruit, but some great memories as well.

Tip: Since raspberries are fairly delicate, keep a watchful eye and lend an extra hand to the little ones, lest you end up with pints of jam instead of berries!

Ripe and Ready!
Grace Farm Studios, 2719 Franklinville Road, Woodstock, IL, Ph: (815) 790-8895
Red Summer Raspberries now available
U-Pick Hours: Friday-Saturday 9am-4pm or Monday-Thursday by appointment only
Prices: $4 per pint/$2 pints on Tuesdays

Grace Farm grows 9 different varieties of raspberries with 6 varieties of red available now. All their raspberries are 100% organic. For an amazing deal, give them a call to check availability and stop by on Tuesdays when all pints are only $2. I dare you to find $2 organic raspberries in a grocery store! Plenty of berries are currently available and taste-testing is encouraged. The farm also produces icelandic wool, so make sure the kids stop and say “hello” to the sheep and one llama. Quilters will enjoy a visit to their 1849 Dairy Barn which houses a quilting exhibit. Fiber Arts classes are even available.

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McCann Berry Farm 18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, IL, Ph: (815) 568-8810
Blueberries available mid-July, U-Pick dates TBA
U-Pick Hours: Wednesday and Saturday ONLY, 8am-4pm
Prices: TBA

Blueberries are almost ready! Call the farm on July 10 for updates on U-Pick availability. Before making the trip, always call for afternoon picking conditions, as they are usually picked out by noon.

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Harvest Time Orchards 36116 128th St, Twin Lakes, WI, Ph: (262) 877-4831
Red Tart Cherries available July 9th
U-Pick Hours: Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, 9am-4pm
Prices: $0.99 per poundRed Tart Cherries are best used in recipes – cherry pie anyone? The orchard opens this weekend for Cherry Picking, and will be open each weekend while the crop lasts. The County Smoke House and Donut Shop will also be open so stop by and sample delicious Wisconsin cheeses and smoked ham or take home a ready-made tasty treat.

 

Klee’s Out on a Limb Acres, 4704 West 7 Mile Road, Caledonia, WI 53108-9740 (if using GPS to locate farm, enter the FULL zip code for correct location), Ph: (262) 835-7728
Currants and Red Summer Raspberries available July 11th, but call to confirm
U-Pick Hours: Generally Open between 8am and 5pm. Call ahead to confirm availability and picking conditions.
Prices: $5 per pint for raspberries / $2 per pint for currants

Currants may be a new fruit for your children, and picking your own is a great way to learn about them. These berries come in red, white and black varieties. The red and white currants are great for eating out of hand while black currants are best for preserves. Have fun experimenting with new recipes!

Coming Soon…

Fall raspberries will be available around mid-August. Be sure to check back with Little Lake County for U-Pick updates in our area.

Hours and picking conditions may vary. Many locations accept cash or check only. Before making a visit to any of these locations, please call ahead.

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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  1. Wonderfully written review. We cannot wait to try it out. Sounds like a magical place. Thanks for the information as always.

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