With a daughter obsessed with strawberries, we always make sure to squeeze in time to go strawberry picking once the season hits. This year we made our way to Cody’s Farm and Orchard in Marengo. What a great day out with the family!

Related: Read about our other fun strawberry picking experience. 

Our experience at Cody’s Farm & Orchard:

Strawberry Picking

After parking on the grassy fields we proceeded towards the entrance. We brought our own wagon but it was nice to know we could borrow these cool Radio Flyer wagons if we needed.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

We didn’t need to check in or anything, so we grabbed a few strawberry holders and were on our merry way across the street to the strawberry fields. Thankfully, it wasn’t too long of a walk.

When we did reach the fields, the kids were ready to pick, pick, pick. Even though we visited about halfway through the season, we still found plenty to pick fromMy daughter absolutely loves her strawberries so she was particularly excited to get all the strawberries she could get her little hands on. Can you tell?

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

As a matter of fact, everyone had a great time digging in there and finding the reddest berries they could find…as well as the most unique one!

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

 

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After our baskets were full of strawberries, we saw that we could also pick snap peas. We could not resist — it was delicious!

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

I think we did pretty good at the end of the day.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

The Food

We couldn’t end our visit without a stop to try their strawberry treats. We ended up with ice cream as well as the most delicious strawberry cream pie. Since we were full, we took some of their delicious strawberry donuts to go.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

Playing on the farm

After strawberry picking, the kids were ready to let some of their energy out (especially after the sugar treats they consumed!). Some of the activities on site includes a sandbox, tractor to climb, tractor track, and rolling things. They all had a fun time — and it was free!

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

Strawberry picking fun with the family at Cody's Farm and Orchard in Marengo, Illinois.

Tips to enjoy Cody’s Farm:

  • After you pass the main building at Cody’s Farm, drive past and you’ll find parking in the grassy area. They also have a few spots located by the main building.
  • If you’re buying a lot, they have wagons for you to transport the strawberries. 
  • They have straw in between the rows so you’ll have less chance to get muddy.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking to go strawberry picking, a day out at Cody’s Farm and Orchard is perfect for the family. 

Nitty Gritty:

Website:  http://www.codysfarm.com
When: Now until the end of June. Make sure to check their website or call for updates. Strawberry picking from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (the field closes at 5:30 p.m.),
Address:  19502 River Rd. Marengo, IL 60152
Admission: No cost to enter or use play area. Strawberries are $4.50 per quart pre-picked and $2.30/lb u-pick.

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