Strawberry picking is a quintessential summer activity that my family cherishes (especially my daughter!) The McHenry County area has a plethora of farms that offer strawberry picking, so we try to rotate our visits. We’ve been long overdue for a strawberry visit to Stade’s, so this season it was time to go strawberry picking at Stade’s Farm!

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

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Getting Started at Stade’s

Once we pulled into the farm, we found plenty of parking spots on the grass even though it was a busy Saturday. Look for the huge red U-Pick entrance. This is where you can pay. Although they don’t charge an admission fee, they do require a minimum amount spent per person. Baskets are given for you to keep. Before you leave towards the fields you can pick up a wagon to transport your strawberries and/or veggies.

*Before even heading out to the farm, make sure to check their Facebook page for updates on picking conditions.

Strawberry Picking at Stade’s Farm

There is a 3-5 minute walk from check-in to the fields. Bring your strollers or wagons if you have little ones that easily tire out. Although we went on a busy Saturday, they had plenty of strawberries waiting to be picked. In fact, they have over 20 acres of strawberries! At first it was hard to find good, plump strawberries but as we continued moving further back we found plenty of huge, juicy strawberries.

Strawberry picking at Stade's Farm in McHenry, Illinois. Pick fresh strawberries, have strawberry treats, and get some ice cream!

Strawberry picking at Stade's Farm in McHenry, Illinois. Pick fresh strawberries, have strawberry treats, and get some ice cream!

More than strawberries

If you’re lucky, you’ll find more than just strawberries to pick. On our visit, they had collard greens, lettuce, cilantro, snap peas, and more. We love snap peas, so we made sure to pick some of those!

Strawberry Treats

One of my favorite things to enjoy are the strawberry treats. You can never go wrong with strawberry frosted donuts and strawberry slushies. You can pick some up at the U-Pick entrance or at the Farm Market (outside to the left of the main entrance.)

 

Ice Cream

My main reason for visiting Stade’s is to check out their new ice cream shop, Countrytime Creamery. Oh my goodness! It’s so good. Not only do they offer ice cream scoops, but they have homemade cookie sandwiches, flights, and these crazy milkshakes. We chose the s’Mores milkshake and it was awesome. Our chocolate chip cookie sandwich with vanilla ice cream was what dreams are made of. The cookies were made fresh that day, too! Amazing, amazing, amazing!

Strawberry picking at Stade's Farm in McHenry, Illinois. Pick fresh strawberries, have strawberry treats, and get some ice cream!

Find other goodies

Looking for other things to buy? The Farm Market has tons of items: farm fresh produce, meat, decor, household goodies, and more.

TIPS TO ENJOY STADE’S FARM:

  • If you’re buying a lot, they have wagons for you to transport the strawberries. (Not for kids to ride, though!)
  • They accept credit card except for American Express.
  • Wear close-toed shoes. It will be much easier to walk around, plus if it’s been raining you may find mud. In fact, bring an extra pair of shoes to change out of.
  • Want to bring a lunch and picnic? They have tables for you.
  • Wear long pants. My middle one complained that they bushes were touching his leg. We’ll probably bring pants next time and change out of it if it’s too hot.
  • Choo Choo fan? They have $5 train rides that goes around the farm with the conductor giving guests a bit of info about the farm.

Final Thoughts of Strawberry Picking at Stade’s Farm

Make sure to try strawberry picking at Stade’s Farm. You’ll love it!

Nitty Gritty

Website: https://stadesfarmandmarket.com/
Address: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL
When: Pick-Your-Own will be available 8:30 am – 5 pm during their strawberry season.
Price: Varies based on the size of the basket:  $6 for a 1-quart basket, $12 for a 2-quart basket, $18 for a 4-quart basket. Just remember there is a $6 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch.

Looking for more strawberry farms? Check out my favorites here!