Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Northwestern Illinois? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Northwestern Illinois,
sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name
(see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function)
If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China,
as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.
Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as
changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook
page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or
Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally
overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with
the farm directly before you go!
And if you know of any farms I missed and want to
add a farm, please let me know!
I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find
anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -
please let me know!
What's in season in December 2018, and other timely information:
Notes for December 2018: Autumn is here! Apples, pears,
Fall raspberries, figs, winter squash ,
corn mazes and
are here. And there are still tomatoes, corn and other
vegetables in most areas. Check your area's
copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for
See these pages to find a local
apple festival, and see our guide to
apple varieties (when they ripen, best uses), . Also picking tips, recipes, canning and freezing directions for
See our comprehensive list of
home canning, jam and jelly
making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access
recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
feel free to write me! It is easy to
make your own ice cream,
even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note,
there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now. They have all
copied their information form here and usually do not ever update. Since
2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see
anything wrong or outdated, please
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Children's Consignment Sales
occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
community or church kid's consignment sale!
Northwestern Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
- Bureau Creek Orchard - Apples, red
14180 1800 East St, Princeton, Illinois 61356. Phone: (815)875-6137. Open: 9
am to 6:30 pm daily from August 25 to November. Restrooms on site. Just
opened this year in August.
Creek Farm - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red),
raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available
19000 Tiskilwa Bottom Road (c.r. 23), Tiskilwa, IL 61368.
Phone: 815-646-4862. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Plow Creek has new owners, but
the U-Pick will continue, according to this January 20, 2018 news story,
but the website is gone, and the old Facebook page has not been updated;
Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own
or are even open? If so,
please write me. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions: Tiskilwa, IL is located 8
miles south of Princeton (I-80). The farm is 1/2 mile east of Tiskilwa on
Bottom Road (CR-23). Look for a bright yellow sign and white barn on the
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. Strawberry & Artisan Festival 2016 is
on Saturday June 4th, 2016 from 11am to 2pm in downtown Tiskilwa. U-Pick
We offer a Community
Support Agriculture (CSA) share
which consists of a weekly box of vegetables and fruits from our farm from
June-October. We also grow seedless
watermelon, tomatoes, sweet corn, honey, and much more. We care about your and our health. We are Certified
Naturally Grown, the "the grass-roots alternative to certified organic."
See our farming practices.
(UPDATED: June 30, 2018, JBS) (January 20, 2018) (UPDATED:
April 13, 2016)
about this farm here!
Country Corner - corn (sweet), melons, other berries, pumpkins,
raspberries, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other
vegetables, Other fruit or veg, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm
animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for
5333 U. S. highway 150, Alpha, IL 61413. Phone: 309-629-2359. Fax: 3096292359.
[email protected]. Directions: Halfway between the Illinois Quad
Cities and Galesburg, IL. on U.S. highway 150, two miles North of Alpha, IL.
Just twenty minuetes from the Quad City Airport. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August,
September, October. Open: Farm Market Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm May 1st; through October 31st Fall Fun Park open on
weekend's starting September 13th through October 31st; 11:00am to 7:00pm.
Strawberries available mid May to mid June U-Pick Vegetables by apointment
July to October U-Pick Rasberries mid July to Mid Sept U-Pick Pumpkins Sept
1st to October 31st Corn Maze Open daily late July to October 31st
Flashlight Maze by apointment Sept 1st to October 31st Haunted Maze Friday
and Saturday 7pm to 11pm in Oct. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard,
Discover. U-Pick Hayrack Rides to the Vegetable Garden, Sweet Corn, Indian
Corn, Gourd Patch and Pumpkin Patch New this Fall, Featuring our own Corn
Cannon, Cow Train, Mini Corn Shock Maze and Mining For Gems along with
Special events every weekend starting September 13th.
Strawberry Flats - blueberries, raspberries, sweet corn.
23787 E. 1260 Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. Phone:
309-944-5065. Call for directions.
Jo Daviess County
Terrapin Orchard - Strawberries. More fruits, in addition to
apples, in the future!,
1063 US Route 20, Elizabeth, IL 60128. Phone:
(815) 202-2180. Open: See their website for for hours and availability.
Directions: See their website for directions.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only..
Click here for our Facebook page. We have about 4 acres of Strawberries
at Terrapin Orchards. The berries typically start to ripen around Memorial
day (last weekend in May) and continue to be available through the end of
June. We have pre-picked berries for the folks who are just in it for the
flavor, but we also offer pick your own berries for those who want the full
experience. For those looking to do some canning, baking or are looking to
pick a whole bunch of berries, we offer a discount for bringing your own
bucket or ice cream pail to pick into. We simply weight your pail empty and
again when full and charge by the pound. If you've never had a farm fresh
strawberry, you've never really had a strawberry. Our berries are fully ripe
when picked and offer a tremendous amount of flavor. Our strawberries have a
red juice filled center, instead of the unripe white pith that we have come
to view as normal. (ADDED: June 17, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)
A visitor writes on June 17, 2018: "Loved it! New farm and the
strawberries were perfect! We look forward to their future crops as
everything matures. "
Wooded Wonderland -
Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm,
gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
616 S. Devil's Ladder
Road, Galena, IL 61036. Phone: 815-777-1223. Alternate Phone: 815-777-3426.
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 7am to 7pm, July to
September for Blueberries Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm, September to
June for Country Store and Sawmill. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: July 1 to September 15
Honey: Year-round. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic
certification. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. Organic Blueberries, Honey.
- Schneider Orchard -
fresh apples, pumpkins
1036 County Road, 1150 North; Henry, IL 61537. Directions: 2 miles South of
Henry on Rte 29, West 2 miles. Watch for signs.
Tanner's Orchard - Pick your own apples, Apples, cider, grapes,
pumpkins, cider, Christmas decorations, gourmet foods, candles, jams and
apple butter, bakery, deli, School tours, restrooms, picnic areas, kids
petting zoo and play area,
740 State Route 40, Speer, IL, 61749. Phone:
309-493-5442. Email us at:
[email protected]. Open: July & August, M-Sa 8:00 am to 5:00 pm,
closed on Sunday; then in September & October: daily 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
(U-Pick open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily). and in November: M-Sa 8:00 am to 5:00
pm, and closed on Sunday. Payment:
Cash and credit cards welcome. Tanners also has hayrack rides and a corn
maze in the Fall!
The orchard sports over 11,000 trees and 17 varieties of apples. We grow
over 20 acres of pumpkins along with various other fruits and vegetables.
Find a large assortment of gifts and delicious food offerings in our Farm
Market and Apple Bin Bakery. Our Back 40 Fun Acres will keep the entire
family busy for the day.
Comments from a visitor on September 16, 2012:
"I have been going to Tanner's since I was a little girl and now take time
out to drive my family a fair distance to visit them every year. We
absolutely love the variety of activities, food choices, market items and
fun we have when there. I have also taken my girl scouts to do their tour
for kids, however they are strict in scheduling these only during their
designated time. The tour is a great option and provides a lot. Covered
wagon rides out to the orchard and pumpkin patch, samples of donuts and
cider (1 donut per person and Gallon(s) of cider, color books, behind scene
tour of packing, storing, cider making areas, etc. plus access to the back
40 activity/playground area is included in the price. "
Comments from a visitor on September 13, 2010:
"The Tanner's Orchard has been around for decades as a U-Pick apple farm.
They have a great playground and petting zoo for the kids along with corn
mazes. They are best known for their apple cider donuts and apple cider, but
also have a large bakery/market too. Love the orchard and have been going
since I was a kid. Now taking my kids too it, and they keep adding more
Comments from a visitor on November 18, 2009:
"Tanners Orchard has become a family destination with fresh apples and
pumpkins, a bakery, a large county farm market, wagon rides to the orchard
for pick your own fruit, a corn maze and a children's playground with farm
animals. I have a blast every time I visit Tanners Orchard. The people are
friendly, the food is good, and the price is right. And it's fun! My husband
and I are addicted and visit frequently every year."
Country Corner - strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, corn
maze, Petting zoo
Rt 150, Alpha, IL. Phone: (309) 629-2359. Email:
Open: April through October, Every Day: Monday to Saturday from 9 am
to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Directions: Click here for directions. Payment: . Restrooms, Picnic area,
crops CC accepted, Petting zoo, u-pick strawberries, raspberries.
Fall festival: Haunted corn maze, Kid friendly corn maze, bounce
houses, hay rack rides,concessions and much much more!
Comments from a visitor on
September 15, 2011: "Love going every year! my family has such a
GREAT time...I was looking for something similar in Peoria and noticed
that your site did not have this place listed, and since we love it I
thought you should add it...(I
believe organic but not certain),"
BerryView Orchard - Aronia berries, U-pick and already
7504 West Midtown Road, Mount Morris, IL 61054. Phone:
[email protected]. Open: Seasonal: call for hours.
Directions: From the stop light in Mt. Morris, IL. Travel north 1
mile, turn left (west) onto Midtown Road Travel straight 2.5 miles,
farm on the right. 7504 W. Midtown Road.
Click here for a map and directions. Aronia: August 23 for two to
three weeks; Call first. Payment: Cash, only.
Click here for our Facebook page.
- Stillman Valley Nursery - raspberries
(Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked
9979 N. Kishwaukee Road,
Stillman Valley, IL 61084. Phone: (815) 645-8113. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Late August through frost; Monday
through Saturday 9 am to 3 pm or Call for appointment; Please call for
picking conditions. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Natural
grown garlic available for sale. (ADDED: September 01, 2017)
Boggios Orchard and Produce - Pick Your Own apples and
pumpkins, petting zoo, fresh apple cider, Indian corn, variety of
squash, Corn Maze, popcorn, and gourds, pony rides, petting zoo,
farm animals, group tours
12087 Illinois Hwy 71, Granville, IL, 61326. Phone: 815-339-2245.
Alternate Phone: 815/339-2460. Email:
[email protected]. Open: SUMMER HOURS Monday
to Saturday 9am - 6pm Sunday 9am - 5pm. Directions: From the
intersection of SR (State Route) 26 and I 80 in Princeton, go east
on I 80 for 4.3 miles to Exit 61/I 180. Go south on I 180 for 13.4
miles. At the Connecting Road exit, take the ramp for SR 71 and go
east 4.9 miles to the market on the right. Open: Daily, July through
mid November. Handicap Accessible; Restrooms; Hiking; Picnic area,
Fresh picked vegetables and bake items. Peddle cars, jumping pillow,
bunny bounce, animal feeding and climbing tunnels.
Comments from a visitor on October 20, 2012: "I had a blast
petting the animals and they have a delicious bakery! "
Comments from a visitor on October 08, 2010: "I'm originally from that
area so I've been there several times. It's a nice time with the
family, but not as big as Tanner's Orchard in Speer, IL "
- Morrissey Family Farms
R.1 Box 56, Putnam, IL 61560. Phone: (309) 364-4500.
(UPDATED: June 05, 2014, JBSedu)
Rock Island County
- Happy Hollow U-Pick - asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries,
broad beans, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant
(aubergine), flowers, melons, onions, other berries, peas, peppers,
pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries,
tomatoes, other vegetables
17325 - 20th Avenue North, East Moline, IL 61244. Phone: 309/496-1515.
Open: May: (Asparagus ) Monday-Saturday from 12:00-5:00; June-July-Sept.:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., from 8:30-5:00, Wednesday 8:30-7:00 and Saturday
8:30-6; Closed Sundays and Holidays; then in October: Mon, Tues., Thurs -
Fri 8:30-5, Wed., 8:30-7:00 & Saturday 8:30-6, Sunday 12:00-5; HOURS ARE
SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT A DAYS NOTICE; If you arrive at the farm 15
minutes before closing, you will not be allowed to go to the field to pick.Directions: 1 mile north of the Quad City Downs or 1 mile west of the
Interstate 80 and 88 interchange. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open May, October. Our claim to fame is the number of varieties of Hot Peppers that
we grow. We grow about 30 varieties ranging from 0 on the Scovill rating up
to 550,000. Our 48 varieties of vegetables are grown for taste and not high
production yields. We also raise goats and sheep for meat and or pet sales.
Month of October, We have a Haunted Hovel in conjunction with our local
Barstow Volunteer Fire Dept. Voted in the Quad Cities to be the best for the
last couple of years. Weekend Evenings in October.
- Shady Knoll Farm - raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes,
asparagus, beets, sweet corn and walnuts.
3115 Dennhardt Road, East Moline, IL 61244 Phone: 309-496-9636.
See Tanner's in Marshall County, above
- Hazel Creek Vineyard - grapes
Road, Sterling, IL 61081. Phone: 815-499-5229. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Weekends from 8 am to 8 pm and by
appointment; Harvest varies annually and is typically from late August to
early September. Directions: Interstate 88 to Sterling/Rock Falls. Take Exit
36 to US-30 West. From the stop sign go straight on US-30 West for 2.6
miles. Turn right on Habben Road and travel 1.7 miles. Turn right on Hazel
Road and travel 1/2 mile.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. U-Pick and
pre-picked grapes available.
The Pumpkin Ranch and Corn Maize - pumpkins, winter squash, Other
fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment
stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties,
11555 Albany Road, Albany, IL 61230. Phone: 309-887-4550. Email:
[email protected]. Open: same.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions: Please call for direction
(309-887-4550) or look at our website for direction.
Click here for a map and directions. The Pumpkin Ranch and Corn Maize is
open from September 17th through October 31st; The Haunted Corn Maize is on
Saturday, October 30th from 8 pm to 11 pm. Payment: Cash, Check.
- Wainwright Orchards
- raspberries, Roadside Market
922-265th St North, Hillsdale, IL 61257. Phone:
(309) 658-2475. Their retail outlet in Hillsdale, but the telephone
number is for the farm.
- Bethkes' Farm Apples
6587 Cherry Valley Road, Cherry Valley, IL. Apples: Royal Gala, Big Jon,
Ozark Gold and cider. Open: June - October, 10 am to 6 PM daily. Phone:
Curran's Orchard - Tart Cherries (on dwarf trees) Apples (on
dwarf trees), raspberries, straw maze, hayrides and pumpkins.
6385 Kilburn Ave. (Route 70), Rockford, IL, 61101. Phone: 815-963-7848 .
Email us at:
[email protected]. Open: for Cherry picking in summer and for Apples in
Fall. Raspberries: pick your own in August - October. Tart Cherries, pick
your own in late June - early July. Pumpkins, enjoy picking that perfect
pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, or chose from our pre-picked pumpkins.
Complimentary hay wagon rides through the orchard on weekends. Evening wagon
rides for groups (by reservation only). Mini straw bales maze! School Tours!
A petting corral with farm animals for the kids to enjoy. A glass
observation bee hive in the sales barn with live bees (don't worry, the bees
are enclosed in the glass hive). Great tasting jams, apple butter, salad
dressings, and real maple syrup. Restrooms & picnic area available.
September thru November: 9:00am - 6:00pm, six days a week (closed Mondays).
November thru December: 9:00am - 5:00pm, six days a week (closed Mondays).
- Edwards Apple Orchards - apples,
8218 Cemetry Road, Winnebago, IL 61088. Phone: (815)
963-2261. Open: see their website for current crops and hours. For a
fun family outing enjoy the experience of picking your own apples, pumpkins
and raspberries. Visit the play area featuring our wooden bus and train, the
corn cribs, the wagon slide and our animals in the "Petting Farm."
click here for a link to our Facebook page.
Harrison Market Gardens - Registered naturally grown, asparagus, beans, beets,
blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers,
eggplant, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peppers, raspberries (black),
rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other
vegetables, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, picnic area
Harrison Road, Winnebago, IL 61088. Phone: 815-980-0589. Alternate Phone:
[email protected]. Open: We are a subscription pick your own and
also offer CSA shares; You can choose either a weekly ($475) or bi - weekly
($325) pick that runs from May through October; Once you have had your
initial pick/training, your family can come out whenever convenient;; ; any
day of the week any time of the day. Directions: We are located aboaut 10
miles northwest of Rockford, Illinois.
Click here for a map and directions. We are registered naturally grown
for all crops. Payment: Cash, Check.
- Hazzard Free Farm -
UPDATE: July 20, 2016: A visitor tells me they are now permanently
5111 Ahrens Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063.Click here for a link to
our Facebook page.
Valley Orchard - apples, beans, blackberries, blueberries, corn
(sweet), pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries
(Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow),
raspberries (Autumn, yellow), rhubarb, winter squash, Cider mill (fresh
apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market,
gift shop, picnic area, school tours
911 East State Street, Cherry
Valley, IL 61016. Phone: 815=332=9696. Open: See our website for current
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards,
Visa/MasterCard, Discover. These are some of the apples that we offer;
if you do not see your favorite apple listed, please call, we have over 28
varieties. (This is only an estimate of when the apples will be ready,
please call for U-Pick availability.) Early Season (August ~ September) has
Early Gold, Paula Red, Royal Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Jonamac, Snow
Sweet, Haralson, Sept. Wonder Fugi, Wolf River. Mid Season (September ~
October) offers Ozark Gold, Senshu, Cortland, Jonathan, Jonagold, Empire,
MaCoun, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Golden Russet, Crimson Crisp,
Autumn Blush, Autumn Gala, Ida Red. Late Season (October ~ November) is
Shizuka, Blushing Gold, Rome, Fuji, Winesap, Suncrisp, Candy Crisp, Braeburn,
New Town Pippin, Cameo,
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