11784 Waterman Road
Waterman, IL 60556
Just over an hour’s drive from the city, Honey Hill Orchard offers farm picking during the fall and summer. While finding the right pumpkin or picking farm-fresh apples can be great for the kids, taking them during the summer lets them pick the fall-bearing raspberries that produce at the end of August. People are encouraged to pick during the peak picking times at the end of August through September. Early season hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Full season hours have extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t forget to check out the country store, feeding trough and bakery for the Honey Hill candy and a mixed berry pie or fresh cider donut.
30683 Lanan Road
Kingston, IL 60145
About an hour and a half’s drive from the city, You Pick Berries offer blueberries, blackberries and red raspberries. While the 2014 blueberries were damaged over the winter, the red raspberries and blackberries are open for picking in July. Operating hours are from 8 a.m. to sunset, and feature a self-serve picking system. Visitors are charged $3 per pint, with taxes factored into the price. Only cash and checks are available options for payment, and each guest is on the honor system while picking in the designated areas. There are two types of pesticide-free hybrid red raspberries to choose from.
2575 W. Mine Road
Mazon, IL 60444
Located right outside the main town of Mazon, and around an hour and a half’s drive from the city; Olive Berry Acres offers fruit and vegetables for picking. The summer fruit picking options include strawberries, red raspberries, and black raspberries. Closed on Mondays and Sundays, the farm is open for picking from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. While there are no appointments necessary, visitors are encouraged to check the website or Facebook page before arrival to ensure availability of crop. There is no admission fee, picked items are sold by the pound, all picking supplies are provided free of charge and the farm accepts cash or credit as payment.
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13550 Townhouse Road
Newark, IL 60541
Just over an hour’s drive from the city, Knutson’s Country Harvest offers apples, peaches, berries, vegetables and more. There are 13 varieties of apples ripe for picking from the middle of July through late October, including Honeycrisp and Red Delicious. There are four different types of blueberries available from early July through the beginning of August, including the large and dark Blueray blueberry. Peaches are available from late July through the middle of September, raspberries are available from late June through the middle of October, blackberries are available from late August to early September and strawberries are available from late June to early October. Picked fruit ranges in price, averaging between $4 to $4.50 per pound.
811 E. State St.
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
Around an hour and a half from the city by car, the Valley Orchard has a number of different options for summer fruit picking. Whether you’re looking for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or even tart cherries, there is something for everyone for some great family picking fun. Make sure to stop into the bakery, regardless of the season. Colder months feature cinnamon sugar or glazed apple cider donuts and from-scratch pies are always a favorite after picking berries. Kids will love the fact that it’s a working farm complete with interesting farm equipment, and the backdrop makes for great photo opportunities.
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