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Black Raspberries in Illinois - PYO and Fresh Picked
Black Raspberries in Illinois - PYO and Fresh Picked
Black raspberries grow just about
anywhere, even in hot southern climates, but they do best in cooler,
They are not a common crop, even among raspberry growers, since many
consumers are unfamiliar with them. Black raspberries, like all
raspberries, do not last long after being picked; a few days in the
fridge, at best. Of course, those from the grocery store may
last a week, but then, they're coated in fungicides, so good luck
Black raspberries grow well in Illinois, and you could
pick some, bring them home, wash them, and pop them in the freezer
until you are ready to make jam. I've been doing that for
So here are some farms in Illinois that
have PYO or already picked fresh black raspberries:
Christian County (Springfield area)
Big M Berry Patch - Strawberries, Black Raspberries,
928 E 1090 North Road, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Phone: (217) 824-6625. Directions: Route 48W, right on County
Road 900E, first turn right on CR 1090, first place on right. click
here for a map. Open: Call first: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Big
"M" Berry Patch also has hay mazes, and pumpkin picking in the
Olive Berry Acres - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, raspberries (red), raspberries
(Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries
(black), raspberries (Spring, black), rhubarb, strawberries, U-pick and
already picked, porta-potties are available
2575 West Mine Road, Mazon, IL 60444.
Phone: 815-474-6511. Email:
[email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Mazon is
located on Illinois Route 47, about 15 miles south of Interstate 80. The
farm is about 70 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, about an hour and a
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page.
Comments from a visitor on June 05, 2010: "We visited Olive
Berry Acres (Grundy County, IL) today and had a great time. The owner, Nik,
was very friendly and informative. There were three varieties of strawberry
available, all were very tasty and flavorful. There were plenty of berries.
We picked ten pounds and it was a drop in the bucket. The price was very
good ($2/lb). The farm is nice and tranquil, very relaxing. Raspberries will
be ready next week, and even though we live in Chicago, we're trying to make
time to go back."
Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses
natural growing practices, apples, asparagus,
beans, beets, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, currants
(red and black), grapes, onions, other berries, peppers,
raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries
(Autumn, black), rhubarb, strawberries, Fresh eggs,
porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, school
414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone:
217-386-2690. Email: [email protected].
Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 7 pm; Closed Sunday; Open
from April 1 to October 1; Open Saturdays year round from 8 am
to 8 pm. Directions: Click
here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but
are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit
cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
Kern Family Orchard - apples, blackberries,
blueberries, peaches, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring,
red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow),
raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries
(Spring, black), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm,
7375 Mackay Avenue, Raymond, IL 62560. Phone:
(217) 820-1266. Email: [email protected].
Open: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, from 8 am
to 1 pm; Very flexible to appointments outside standard hours.
here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit
cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click
here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: August 27, 2015)
Blue Berry Hill Farm - blackberries,
blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and
675 Wrights Crossing Road, Cobden, IL 62920.
Phone: 618-893-2397. Directions: Strawberry farm is just off Hwy
51, north of Cobden. Open: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm., 7 days a week.
Fresh peppers, squash and turnips. Typical harvest dates:
strawberries (May 10- June 10), blackberries and blueberries
(June 20-July 31), red & black raspberries (June 7-July 14).
Will take drive in orders but does not ship. Call for more info.
Harrison Market Gardens - Registered naturally grown, asparagus, beans, beets,
blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers,
eggplant, herbs or 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.