Great Places for Blueberry Picking Illinois – what could be nicer than a day picking blueberries with friends and family? Other than getting to eat them afterwards of course! Whether you are looking to make blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes or just eat them raw.
Here is a list of the best places to go blueberry picking in Illinois.
McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
For a rustic, no frills picking experience then head on down to McCann Berry Farm where you will be made very welcome, whilst enjoying some fresh air and picking your berries.
“McCann Berry Farm in Woodstock, Illinois is celebrating 38 years of u-pick berries! Bob and Mary McCann planted their first strawberry crop in 1982, in rural Woodstock, on land bordering the North Branch of the Kishwaukee River.
While not certified organic, we use an Integrated Pest Management Approach to control crop pests, and use as little pesticides as possible. Our berry plants are selected for their disease and pest resistance, as well as, their taste. We monitor the crop for pests and use controls only when pest populations reach a level of potential crop destruction.”
McCann Berry Farm grows Blueberries and Sunflowers.
1016 Jeffries Rd, Springfield, IL 62707
At Jefferies Orchard their plan is to grow high quality produce that is fresh and in-season for our customers, while honoring the land and sustaining the family farm.
Jefferies Orchard offers a diverse range of fresh produce in season. The growing season starts with asparagus and rhubarb in the spring, followed by pick-your-own strawberries in late May. Pick-your-own blueberries start in late June or early July, which are the last u-pick crop of the year.
Summer crops include fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches and summer squash. These are followed by apples, winter squash, pumpkins, cider, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and much more.
Stade’s Farm and Market – U-pick Blueberries IL
3709 Miller Rd, McHenry, IL 60051
Stade’s Farm and Market has everything you need for a fun packed family day out in the country!
“Located in scenic McHenry County, Stade’s Farm & Market is approximately 50 miles Northwest of Chicago, Illinois. We produce 2,200 acres of corn, soybeans, and fresh fruits and vegetables that we sell directly to consumers through our Farm Market.
Stade Farm is a popular pick-your-own destination. We are offering both fruits and vegetables for you to harvest, including strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, green beans, peppers, and more. We offer a beautiful apple orchard with many of your favorite apples and about 30 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall. Stade’s is home to a large entertainment area, including a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, hayrides, and a large variety of unique attractions. Our fall festival, Shades of Autumn, is a harvest time extravaganza featuring 35+ farm-related attractions, pumpkin picking, special events, great food, and lots of family-orientated fun.
Blueberries are always available on a first-come, first served basis and there are days that no blueberries are available to pick as we wait for more to ripen. Please always confirm availability before you take a drive to the farm. Our Facebook page will keep our most recent updates.”
The Valley Orchard
811 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
The Valley Orchard is “a 35 acre family-owned orchard with approximately 5,000 apple trees. You have a choice of either picking your own apples or purchasing pre-picked apples in our store. We do, however, usually pick our own Honey Crisp and they’re also in the store.
Also available to pick: rhubarb, raspberries, (both summer and fall), blueberries, cherries, red, white and black currants and blackberries (in the summer).
We make our own 100% pure cider – no additives. Slushies are available of course made with our oh- so- refreshing cider. We also have yummy cider donuts, delectable apple pies, really good cinnamon bread, scrumptious caramel apples and to die for fudge.
Our store offers many fall decorations, linens, candles, and other unique items for your home. You will find a variety of jams, jellies, salsas, honey, squash, pumpkins, gourds, and much, much more.”
2795 Turkey Hill Ln, Belleville, IL 62221
Braeutigam Orchards “has been in the family since 1831, but it wasn’t until 1935 that Rollin Braeutigam started raising fruit. Rollie enjoyed selling fruit to his friends so much that he raised more than he could sell! So he decided to take his beautiful ripe peaches to the St. Louis Market.
Lester, his son, and Marie, his daughter-in-law, helped him load those peaches in a truck and drove to St. Louis. Unfortunately, they did not realize that the market wanted greener fruit and they did not receive a good price. But Rollin and Lester believed tree-ripened peaches had the best and most appeal. Marie said, “Don’t worry we will just sell the peaches right on the farm!”
June – Tart Cherries, Apricots, Blueberries, Lettuce, and other spring Vegetables
July – Peaches, Blackberries, Vegetables – Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Summer Squash and others
August – Peaches, Blackberries, Plums, Grapes, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Watermelon, Muskmelon and others
September – Apples, Apple Cider, Fall Decorations, Gourds, Fall Squash, Pumpkins, and other vegetables
October – Pumpkins, Apples, Apple Cider, Fall Decorations, Gourds, Fall Squash
Also see our post on the best farms in Illinois as well as more Blueberry picking near me.