Strawberry and Berry Picking In Lake County

My kids can’t get enough of berries. For 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.

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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. The exceptionally wet and cold spring has been hard on the farmers so all dates are tentative and you must call ahead to confirm crop status and picking conditions.

Find a pick-your-own berry farm near you:

Radical Root Farm
31330 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville | (779) 400-5852
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 micro-farmers and longtime family friends. Strawberries will be weather-dependent and ripe-dependent.  Every morning they will update both the Strawberry U-pick’s Facebook Page and the Strawberry hotline at 779-400-5852.

Straerry Picking in Southern Wisconsin

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.) They are expecting to open at the end of June, check the Facebook page for updates and picking conditions. This is a no-frills berry picking experience.

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, expected opening June 20.
Thompson’s strawberry farm provides a traditional strawberry picking experience for the whole family with 20 acres of strawberries. 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!

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Berry Farms in McHenry County

Full details on all these farms can be found on Little McHenry County.

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., expected to begin mid-June.

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). They offer strawberry and raspberry picking. Cash or check only.

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). There is a $4.00 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch (which is a 1-quart basket). Read Little Lake County’s review of Stade’s — it may answer any questions you may have.

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 and is expected mid-June.

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U-Pick Blueberries, Raspberries, and Cherries in Southern Wisconsin

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.
Located just seven miles from Antioch is this hidden gem of a farm. 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.  You must use their buckets for picking, but you need to bring your own containers to bring the cherries home. 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.

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.

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.

U-Pick Berries in McHenry County

See Little McHenry County for full farm information on these farms.

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.  Please note that currently only cash or checks are accepted here. 

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. 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.

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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