Do you love strawberry picking? If you’ve never gone, I can’t recommend it enough – it’s one of our family’s favorite experiences. Plus, it also happens to be the perfect summer activity that you can do while staying safe. Here are a few of our favorite places near Chicagoland where you can go strawberry picking in 2020.

Stade’s Farm and Market

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Stade's Farm & Market in McHenry.

3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL

Why families will love it:  There are acres and acres of strawberries perfect for social distancing from others. When you’re done, don’t forget to grab a strawberry donut as well strawberry slushies!

Good to know: 

  • This sprawling farm located in McHenry County offers 17 acres of strawberries ripe for the picking!
  • U-Pick opens Tuesday, June 16. Pick-Your-Own will be available 8:30 am – 5 pm during their strawberry season.
  • Pricing varies based on the size of the basket:  $5 for a 1-quart basket, $10 for a 2-quart basket, $15 for a 4-quart basket. Just remember there is a $5 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch.
  • Stade’s bakery and shop includes pies and jams.
  • Strawberries will be available for picking for about 3 weeks but be sure to confirm for updates.
  • You must use the new containers provided for your purchase and all picking.
  • Masks are required when checking in and paying for your Pick-Your-Own purchase and visitors are responsible for maintaining social distances from each other.
  • Check the farm’s Facebook page before you go for updates and the latest offerings.

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Strawberry picking fun with the family at Stade's Farm & Market in McHenry, Illinois.

Cody’s Farm


19502 River Rd, Marengo, Illinois 60152

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Why families will love it:  A simple low key experience. They have adorable radio flyer wagons to use to transport the strawberries. If available, you don’t want to miss picking their sugar snap peas.

Good to know: 

  • Strawberry picking begins Wednesday, June 17th.
  • During strawberry picking season the market hours will be 8 am – 6 pm. The strawberry field will close at 5pm.
  • Pricing for u-pick is $3.25/quart or $15 for 5 quart bucket.
  • Several fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at the farm stand.
  • Their food stand will not be open this year.

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Strawberry picking at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo Illinois

Tom’s Farm Market

Credit: Tom’s Farm Market

10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley

Why families will love it:

Take a wagon ride or walk to to the field. When you’re done picking, you can enjoy all things strawberry such as their delicious baked goods from their bakery, homemade strawberry pies, poundcakes, shortcakes, shakes, spreads and strawberry donuts!

Good to know: 

  • Tom’s is a family-owned farm that has been open for more than 40 years!
  • Strawberry picking begins Tuesday, June 16th 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Pickers are asked to monitor the farm’s website for extended social distancing guidelines and hours.
  • “Due to unusual weather conditions in May, hard freezes, snow & a tremendous amount of rain, the U-Pick season will be shorter than usual. We may not pick berries every day. Please watch website for day to day picking information. Next day picking info will be posted by 5pm for the next day.”
  • Always call first to check availability: 847-669-3421
  • You will be assigned a row to pick your strawberries from.
  • Masks and social distancing are required inside the market and greenhouse.
  • Takeout and curbside pickup is available for lunch at Cheryl’s Café. The menu offers everything from yummy coffee drinks from their espresso bar to breakfast fare, paninis and more!
  • The gift shop and garden center offer additional perks for shoppers.
  • Looking for items other than strawberries? The farm market has fruits & vegetables available as well as a garden center.

 

Other strawberry farms to check out:

 

Thompson Strawberry Farm14000 75th Street, Bristol, WI, 262-857-2353

  • Located just over the border in Wisconsin’s Kenosha County, the farm has been growing strawberries for over 70 years.
  • Check daily for strawberry updates. Due to the demand, they expect to be picked out from day to day and need to wait for more berries to ripen.
  • Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • Masks will be expected around others not in your home, but not required in the field. There will be ropes to keep guests away from pre-picked strawberries.
  • Check back in August where they will have a sunflower field!
  • Cash only.

Garwood Orchard, 5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, Indiana

  • Strawberry picking is now open, but check their website for updates.
  • Open 9am-5:30pm daily.
  • Wagon rides are available.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, apples, pumpkins, and more.
  • Pricing: $17 for 5lb box (or 3qts for $17), $32 for 10lb box

Johnson’s Farm Produce, 8960 E. Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana

  • Strawberry picking is now open, but check their website for updates.
  • Open 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday.
  • Also available when in season: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Farm market and special events. Price: $13 for a 4-qt bucket
  • On weekdays there is a $3 entrance fee per person; $8 for Fun Farm Weekends
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