Where in Central Illinois to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: July 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Central Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Adams County

  • Mill Creek Farm - pumpkins, strawberries, and prepicked produce, restrooms
    2833 S. 48th Street, Quincy, IL 62305. Phone: 217-222-8430. Email: roegge@adams.net. Open: Strawberries- open Monday to Saturday, Pumpkins open daily Strawberries available (usually) mid May thru early June.  Directions: 2.5 miles south of Broadway (Route 104) on 48th Street in Quincy. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in May, June, October.  June 2014, We've started strawberry season at Mill Creek Farm. Unfortunately this year (2014) will be a very poor strawberry year for us. The planting last fall didn't get very much growth due to a cooler than normal fall, so not as much production from that field. And the carryover field was almost destroyed by voles over the winter. So all in all, we'll not be able to provide as many berries as we normally do. We'll be open Monday-Saturday, beginning at 8am for berries. We'll close when we sell out. Sorry no orders. Please be patient with us this year. Payment: Cash, Check.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website)

Brown County

Calhoun County

Cass County

  • Bottens/Lopez Greenhouse and Garden - beans, broad beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, herbs/spices, melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes,
    4095 Crooked Lane, Beardstown, IL 62618. Phone: 217-371-1492. Alternate Phone: 217-320-1886. Open: Monday to Thursday, from 9 am to 12 pm; Saturday 8 am to 6 pm; April to October. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: August 09, 2012). (ADDED: July 21, 2012)

Champaign County

  • Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822. Phone: 217-359-5565. Email: info@curtisorchard.com. Open: THRU October - Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm / AFTER October - Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Store apples: late July to mid December / U-PICK Apples: late July to late October (depending on the year) Click our link for which apples are ready when. / Store peaches: late July thru October / U-Pick and already picked pumpkins: mid-September to mid-November. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Spend a little time in the country! Visit Curtis Orchard for a fun, inexpensive & educational farm experience for the whole family. We have apples, pumpkins, kids’ activities, a bakery, and a country store. Rain or shine, we're open July 20 - December 20. The Flying Monkey Café is open for lunch every day from August 17 - November 27. This 80-acre entertainment farm features the Flying Monkey Cafe, which serves cookout-style lunch. We also bake pies & donuts every day we're open. No admission fee. Sorry - no pets.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: November 02, 2009)

Christian County (Springfield area)

  • Big M Berry Patch - Strawberries, Black Raspberries, Blackberries,
    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 Fall. (ADDED: October 09, 2008)

Coles County

De Witt County

  • Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - apples, pumpkins, summer squash,
    7 Miles East Of Clinton, Il. R# 4 Box 312, Clinton, IL 61727. Phone: 217-736-2470. Email: rbmartin@dishmail.net. Directions: From Clinton take Route # 10 East approximately 7 miles. You will turn right on 17000 (there is a pumpkin sign) go 1 mile then turn right again on airport road (another pumpkin sign) first house on your left (big sign in front yard). And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Daily 10 am to 6 pm. We have a variety of pumpkins, gourds, squash, broom corn and Indian corn; Straw maze, corn maze; Open September12th to October31; Hours 10 to 6pm daily; Pumpkin Fun Day - Sunday, October 4th from 1 pm to 5pm; Free pony rides, hayrack rides, face painting and many games; Groups Welcome!!  Payment: Cash, only.  Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: March 25, 2009) (ADDED: August 05, 2008)

Douglas County

Edgar County

  • Bess Berries - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    175 Illinois Highway 1 (Oliver), Marshall, IL 62441. Phone: 217/466-0740. Email: mjbess2@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: on I-70 Marshall/Paris Exit; turn north; 4 miles on Highway 1 to Oliver; left hand side. Sign along Highway and a Big wooden Strawberry!. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: May 15 to June 6 You pick or We pick. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 17, 2010)

Fulton County

Greene County

  • Greene Fields Berry Farm - strawberries,
    Rural Route 1 Box 55, Greenfield, IL 62044. Phone: 1-314-884-8658. Open: Beginning in Mid - May when the strawberries are ready we will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30am to 12 noon or while the strawberries last. Directions: Located halfway between Greenfield and Carrollton just north of State Route 108. Watch for our strawberry signs!. Strawberries: Mid-May to Mid-June. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 28, 2012)

Iroquois County

  • 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, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: helen@mulberrylanefarm.com. 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. (UPDATED: July 06, 2013)

Jersey County

  • Eckert’s Grafton Farm - apples, pumpkins, peaches. 
    20995 Eckert Orchard Road. Grafton, IL 62037. Phone: (618) 786-3445. Open: 9 am to 5 pm, daily. Directions: Click here for farm directions.. Grafton has an expanded entertainment area for both "little" and "big" kids! Watch the goats climb to amazing heights, search for eggs in the real hen house, play a round of miniature golf, bottle feed a calf, swing on an old-fashion tire swing, jump in one of our three inflatable jumping attractions or just relax and enjoy a funnel cake. There is no admission to the entertainment site. Tickets for rides may be purchased.
  • Joe Ringhausen Orchard & Apple House (II) - apples, apricots, blackberries, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers & gherkins, eggplants, onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, turnips, 
    Also cider, honey sorghum, jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, popcorn & pecans. Rte 67 South, Jerseyville, IL 62052 (Jersey County) Phone: 618-498-6951 or Phone: 618-376-6772. Illinois Products gift baskets available.Open: July5 - Christmas, 9 am to 5 pm. 

Knox County

  • Nyman's Harvest Corner - strawberries. 
    R. R. 1, Maquon, IL., 837 Brown Avenue, Galesburg, IL, 61401. Phone: 309-342-5059 or: 309-462-5242. cnyman4@insightbb.com Roadside Market: fresh blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, honey and popcorn.  Farm is one mile North of Herman Illinois on Knox County Route 8. Open May 1. Hours: 8am–5pm, Monday to Saturday, 8am–3pm Sunday. Call first.

Logan County

  • Clark’s Greenhouse & Herbal Country - herbs, scented geraniums & edible flowers, fresh flowers and bouquets. 
    2580 100th Avenue, San Jose, IL 62682. Phone: 309-247-3679. Email: wclark@mtco.com. Other: sells vegetables, display garden, classes year round, newsletter, open year round.

Macon County

  • Double D Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, herbs/spices, melons, onions, other berries, peas, peaches, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, Other fruit or veg,
    4187 N. Cowgill Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Phone: 217-853-8127. Email: ddfarms@comcast.net. Open: To shop, order or pick at the farm, we don't have traditional hours; We want you to be able to get fresh produce whenever you need it; Please call Dawn for availability. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. (UPDATED: April 08, 2013) (UPDATED: July 21, 2011) (UPDATED: July 16, 2011)
  • Old Moon Orchard - apples, peaches,
    14260 Lake Fork Lane, Maroa, IL 61756. Phone: 703-674-6828. Email: r7pllc@gmail.com. Open: 8am to 7 pm; every day; August 1st to October 31st. Directions: 2 miles west of Maroa, IL on Washington Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. U-pick Honor system lets you pick on your own schedule and drop payment in lock box. Cash or check (Old Moon Orchard). No change available or provided. Click here for our Facebook page.  (ADDED: August 01, 2013) (UPDATED: August 13, 2013)

Macoupin County

  • Backwoods Berry Farm strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, asparagus
    227244 Hettick & Scottsville Road, Hettick, IL 62649.  Phone: (217) 436-2510. Email: info@backwoodsberryfarm.com.
    A visitor writes
    : "The owners are SO nice and helpful. They sell some related items, such as cookbooks too..."   
  • Broom Orchard - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, restrooms, picnic area, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    12803 Broom Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217-854-3514. Email: jbroom@frontiernet.net. Open: See our website for current hours or call. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Broom Orchard is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of Carlinville. Click here for a map and directions. Visit www;broomorchard;com for current approximate ripening dates of our locally grown seasonal fruit or "like" us on Facebook; Broom Orchard has an annual Apple Festival in September and a Pumpkin Festival in October with various entertainment and activities. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: May 29, 2013)

Mason County

  • Windmill Farm Berries - raspberries.   
    29961 E. County Road,  Manito, IL 61546  Phone: (309) 968-7722. 

McDonough County

McLean County

  • Braffet Berry Farm - strawberries,
    9010 E 2250 N Rd, Carlock, IL 61725. Phone: 309-376-2012. Email: brafberi@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday (seven days a week) from  7 am to 6 pm; call for picking conditions. Directions: 5 miles west of Interstate 39 at Hudson, IL (mile marker 5) on county road 2250. Off 74 at the Carlock exit (exit 120) east on 150 follow U-pick signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries usually begin on Memorial Day. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: May 22, 2012)   (ADDED: April 21, 2010)

Menard County

  • Frank Farms, Inc. - asparagus, sweet corn when in season, 
    R. R. 2, Box 41, Athens, IL 62613 Phone: 217-636-8112. E-mail: kfrank54@aol.com  Wagon ride fall through winter, Christmas trees day after Thanksgiving, can tag own tree. 

Montgomery County

Morgan County

Moultrie County

  • Okaw Valley Orchard - apples, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    724 Cr 1750n, Sullivan, IL 61951. Phone: 217-728-8269. Email: jennifer@okawvalleyorchard.com. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 5pm; Sunday, from 12:30pm to 5:00pm, Mid July to early November; See our website for more details. Directions: Please check our website and do not rely on GPS. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. prepicked apples, peaches, plums, pasteurized fresh cider, apple doughnuts, jams & jellies, fresh pies, dumplings, peach bread, gift & kitchen items. We also have a large playground and picnic area with restrooms for families to enjoy. Ask about our educational group tours. (UPDATED: September 27, 2013)
  • Prairie Hill Blueberry Farm - blueberries, picnic area
    424 County Road 1400 North, Bethany, IL 61914. Phone: 217-665-3935. Email: kieft.ja@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7am to 7pm; Other days or evenings, call first; Closed Sundays. Directions: GPS Coordinates: 39.36'.34" West Latitude; 88.43'.54". North Longitude From Bethany, take Saint John Street straight south 3 miles to County Road 1400 North. Left (east) one half mile to 424. Farm is on the left. Open from June 22 until July 31. Payment: Cash, Check. One thousand bushes bearing 6 varieties priced at $3 a pound. Pick from 7 varieties of blueberries in a tranquil beautifully landscaped farm setting. Prepicked blueberries are also available. Picnic area is perfect for small group lunches. Children and grandchildren are most welcome. Every child is given a special pail for picking. Enjoy free berry samples to your heart's content!.  (UPDATED: June 29, 2013) (UPDATED: April 07, 2010) (ADDED: June 25, 2009) 

Peoria County

  • Christ Orchard - apples, cherries, plums, pumpkins & squash. 
    4313 N. Texas Road, Elmwood, IL 61529.  Phone: 309-446-3324. Open: August: call for availability, September: Monday thru Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm; October: Monday thru Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm; November: Monday thru Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. Also jams, jellies, honey, cider, Indian corn. From mid-September until about mid-October, we allow our customers the experience of picking apples in the orchard. Picking your own apples is a privilege. We trust that our customers will have respect towards our orchard as they would their own possessions so we are able to continue to offer you this experience for years to come.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website)
  • Rockwell's U Pick Blueberries - Blueberries
    Krause Rd, Chillicothe, IL 61523. Phone: 309-286-5201. Open: Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm, Friday from 11 am to 7pm and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm; Also by appointment. Directions: d. near Cloverdale, Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 13, 2013)
    A visitor writes on July 13, 2013: "First year officially open to the public I took my toddlers out and they had a blast! The fruit was pleasant and extremely tasty! They provide buckets for picking and bags to take them home in. He also offered tips on storage and uses! "
  • Terry's Berries - U-pick strawberries. 
    6930 N. Dog Town Lane,  Elmwood, IL 61529 (Peoria County)  Phone: 309-742-8081 (Call if you have questions.).  They will pick for a fee.

Piatt County

  • Pontious Farm, Inc. - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries & raspberries, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, rhubarb, pumpkins, Indian corn. 
    1958 Blueberry Lane, P. O. Box 70, White Heath, IL 61884 Phone: 217-762-7714. E-mail: richardpontious@netscape.net  Open late June for blueberries, sour cherries, rhubarb, and herbs. Red raspberries, tomatoes, and peppers available in August. UPDATE: The farm is now Uses natural growing practices; however, it is not certified organic. (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website)

Pike County

  • Tunget Farms - Uses natural growing practices, beans, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, walnuts, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, farm animals
    30993 County Highway 13, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Phone: 217-779-4185. Alternate Phone: 217-779-1387. Email: jaybryant@hughes.net. Open:  Call before you go -  it looks like they only have pumpkins now as the PYO crop;  Pumpkin Patch Open October 1 thru October 30; Hours of operation are 9 am to dark; Monday thru Sunday. Directions: From Highway 54 take 106 West go one mile to County Highway 13 and turn left. Go four miles to 30993 County Highway 13,the blue house on top of the hill with a sign set up at the bottom. Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin Patch open October 1 to October 30; Open for 9 am to dark Monday thru Sunday. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, JBSedu) (ADDED: October 05, 2009)

Sangamon County

  • Jefferies Orchard - blueberries, cherries, strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    1016 Jefferies Road, Springfield, IL 62625. Phone: 217/487-7845. Email: apples@jefferiesorchard.com. Open: Daily, from 7 am to 6 pm. Directions: Five miles north of Springfield, Illinois at intersection of Route 29 and Jefferies Road. Strawberries: late May to early June Cherries: June Blueberries: early July. Payment: Cash, Check.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website)  (UPDATED: August 02, 2009)
  • The Lazy T - peas, pumpkins, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, farm animals
    103 Clear Creek, Dawson, IL 62520. Phone: 217-415-6846. Email: littlefarmer@thelazyt.com. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: See our website for current hours. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. Fall Festival the third weekend of September every year with apple butter cooking, straw mazes and build a scarecrow. (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website)  (ADDED: October 21, 2008)

Schuyler County

Scott County

Shelby County

  • Just Berries - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, picnic area, school tours
    Rr 1 Box 20, Stewardson, IL 62463. Phone: 217-682-5588. Alternate Phone: 217-343-6383. Email: justberries1@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 8 pm (we are around for earlier or later times), Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm; Usually open mid May to early June, except 2012 when we will be open end of April. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From Effingham: Take Route 33 to 32 going to Stewardson. Turn right (east) at County Road 300. Go to the first intersection and turn right onto Cnty Road 2900. Go 1/2 mile and on the right side of the road is our farm. Please park in our circle driveway or alongside the road. To start picking, head to the tent . See the website for more detailed directions. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Red Raspberries are limited during the summer, blueberries to be planted in 2012 and will be ready in 2015.  (UPDATED: June 05, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: April 11, 2012) (ADDED: June 04, 2010)

Tazewell County

Vermillion County

Warren County

Woodford County


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Cass County

  • Bottens/Lopez Greenhouse and Garden - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Uncovered outdoor market,
    4095 Crooked Lane, Beardstown, IL 62618. Phone: 217-371-1492. Alternate Phone: 217-320-1886. Open: On the square, Rushville, IL; April to October; 7 am to 11 am; On the square, Virgin Saturday, IL; June to October; 11 am to 2 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We have large garden spread out over 2 or 3 acres. Things grown include: tomatoes, sweet peppers, jalapenos, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, egg plant, turnips, sweet potatoes, radishes, strawberries, lettuce, sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pumpkins, zucchini, etc. (ADDED: July 21, 2012)(UPDATED: August 09, 2012)

Christian County (Springfield area)

  • Indian Knoll Cattle - pumpkins, gourds, beef
    2850 North 1000 East Road, Mechanicsburg, IL 62545. Phone: 217-676-2722. Alternate Phone: 217-827-0317. Email: pbliler@shelbywb.coop. Open: Will update; Depends on pumpkin maturity. Directions: The farm is located 10 1/4 miles east of Rochester on Christian County Highway #2, then 1/2 mile north on Road 1000 East. Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkins pick your own, September 19 to October 4. Payment: Cash, Check. Specialty pumpkins and gourds. Also available, farm-fresh beef. Available by individual cuts, variety boxes, halves, quarters. (ADDED: July 17, 2009)

Iroquois County

  • Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses natural growing practices, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is sustainably grown, all produce is sustainably grown, Indoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: helen@mulberrylanefarm.com. 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.Strawberries: mid-May to end of June.  Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.  (UPDATED: July 06, 2013) (ADDED: March 29, 2010)

Macoupin County

  • Broom Orchard - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, blackberries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins, strawberries, restrooms, picnic area, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    12803 Broom Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217-854-3514. Email: jbroom@frontiernet.net. Open: See our website for current hours or call. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Broom Orchard is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of Carlinville. Click here for a map and directions. Visit www;broomorchard;com for current approximate ripening dates of our locally grown seasonal fruit or "like" us on Facebook; Broom Orchard has an annual Apple Festival in September and a Pumpkin Festival in October with various entertainment and activities. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: May 29, 2013)

Macon County

  • Double D Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Uncovered outdoor market,
    4187 N. Cowgill Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Phone: 217-853-8127. Email: ddfarms@comcast.net. Open: Saturdays, from June 8 am to October 12, 2013, 8am to noon. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. We also, grow: sorrel, tomatillos, chinese eggplant, bitter melon, okra, radishes, lettuces, kohlrabi, squash blossoms, cabbage, red potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, spinach, kale, mini bell peppers,. (ADDED: May 31, 2011) (UPDATED: July 21, 2011)  (UPDATED: July 16, 2011) (UPDATED: April 08, 2013)
  • Golden Oldies Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors),Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management),Uncovered outdoor market,, Fresh egg
    5196 Hibbard Road, Macon, IL 62544Email: golden.oldies.farm@gmail.com. Open: June through October: Saturdays, from 7am to noon. Directions: From Decatur: Take highway 51 south five miles. Turn right on West Elwin Road at Hogan Grain. Continue two miles. Turn left on Hibbard Road. Our farm is the first house on the left. You'll see our sign and chickens!. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, SFMNP Voucher. (ADDED: October 31, 2010)

McDonough County

  • West Prairie Farm -  Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats
    Macomb, IL 61455. Phone: 309-836-8566. Email: kdbbranch@juno.com. Open: Late May to October at area Farmers' Markets. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. They have used sustainable practices since 2004 such as growing their own cattle feed, no-till farming practices, and minimizing pesticide use through predator wasps. They do not use hormones or antibiotics. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 15, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on August 15, 2010: "Very friendly, generous people. They are consistently at the market, and have a good, well-priced product. They willingly donate their meat, their time, and energy to help at events in the community."

McLean County

  • Dearing Country Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs, gift shop, farm animals
    16410 N 800 E, Bloomington, IL 61705. Phone: 309-963-4932. Open: Call for more information. Directions: 3 miles west of Bloomington on Yuton Blacktop, right on 800 East rd, farm is 1/2 mile on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. We grow a wide variety of produce, so check out our website for what's in season. (ADDED: January 16, 2010)

Menard County

  • Seaney Farms - farmers market, honey, petting zoo
    10544 Illinois 97 Tallula, IL 62688. Phone: (217) 652-2175. There is a news story about the farm here. Seany Farms has a greenhouse, mums, gourds, pumpkins, and farmers market produce/honey/etc. for sale and they have a petting zoo. They are open 9-5? during the week and are open on weekends. Plants/flowers from the in the spring, corn on the cob in summer, and pumpkins/gourds/mums from them in the fall. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 09, 2013)

Morgan County

  • Ready Farm Market - Garden stand on a residence, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, school tours
    2869 Woodson Franklin Road, Franklin, IL 62638. Phone: 217-370-7456. Email: info@birdhousepeople.com. Open: Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, April 1 to November 1. Directions: state route 104 to Franklin, Illinois go west on Woodson Franklin Road turn south at our address, follow driveway 1/2 mile to farm market. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. hand crafted wild birdhouses and feeders. Homemade wild bird suet. birdwatchers welcome. (ADDED: April 28, 2011)

Pike County

  • Tunget Farms - Uses natural growing practices, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, Fresh eggs
    30994 County Highway 13, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Phone: 217-779-4185. Email: jaybryant@hughes.net. Open: Sunday to Saturday, 8am to 8 pm. Directions: We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We will have jack-o'-lanterns and Big Max's ( 60+ pounds) starting September 29, 2009. Bulk quantities are available. Please call ahead if wanting bulk. (ADDED: September 01, 2009)

St. Clair County

  • Eckert's Country Store and Farms - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    951 South Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL 62220. Phone: (618) 233-0513. Email: eckert-info@eckerts.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: See our website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. See our website for current crop information. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Starting as a simple roadside stand in 1910, the sixth and seventh generations of the Eckert family now operates three retail, entertainment and farming establishments in southern Illinois. Eckert's Belleville location is open year round and is home to the Country Store, Restaurant, Garden Center, Custard Shop and Pick-Your-Own farm. Visit our website to learn more about our wide array of products, ripening dates, activities and so much more!. (ADDED: April 27, 2011)

Sangamon County

  • Apple Barn Orchard- Apples, Pumpkins, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, school tours
    2290 E.WALNUT, Chatham, IL 62629. Phone: 217-483-6236/7726. Email: applebarn@comcast.net. Open: 9am - 6pm Daily Bakery opens at 7:00am April through Christmas. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. AppleBarn in Chatham, IL is home to freshly picked fruits and vegetables. We carry quality plants and garden supplies. At AppleBarn, we sell fresh cider, apple pies, fudge and other homemade goodies – all freshly made. We also retail plants, garden supplies, homemade apple butter and similar spreads, freshly made baked goods, cider and fudge all freshly made. Visit the AppleBarn for fresh fruits and vegetables, garden needs or just to tour our facility. Our place is popular for school tours – call today to schedule one. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 11, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on July 11, 2010: "I work at a hotel and one of the guests staying with us had mentioned it. Its about 5 miles south of springfield, so it's not an inconvenience even to people passing through."

Union County

  • Rendleman Orchards - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, cucumbers, peaches, pumpkins, summer squash, gift shop, restrooms
    9680 State Route 127 North P. O. Box 159, Alto Pass, IL 62905. Phone: 618-893-2771. Fax: 618-893-2370. Email: info@rendlemanorchards.com. Open: in season, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm Saturday 8am to Noon. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: September 13, 2012)  (UPDATED: September 13, 2012)

Local Honey Sources:

Iroquois County

  • Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Clover honey, Wildflower honey, Raw honeys, Tours, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: helen@mulberrylanefarm.com. 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. (UPDATED: July 06, 2013)

Madison County

  • Rhodes Family Farm - Honey (retail), Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    8863 Dustman Rd, Worden, IL 62097. Phone: 618-307-4989. Email: pumpkinpatch@rhodesfamilyfarm.com. Open: Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm; Opening the last weekend in September all the way through Halloween. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 4, go North on Route 4 till you reach Renken Road (4.4 miles). Turn Left (West) on Renken Road and go approximately 5 miles to Dustman Road Make a Right (North) on Dustman Road and go about 1/4 mile to Rhodes Family Farm on your left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: December 02, 2010)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Iroquois County

  • Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses natural growing practices, Chicken (free range), Beef, Pork, USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), Brown eggs, sausage, Bacon (pork), Farm market with fruits and vegetables, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, School tours, children welcome, No pets please, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: helen@mulberrylanefarm.com. 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. (UPDATED: July 06, 2013) (ADDED: March 29, 2010)

Macon County

  • Golden Oldies Farm - USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used,100% grass and/or grain fed, Eggs (free range), Restrooms, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, School tours, Pets welcome, Fresh egg
    5196 Hibbard Road, Macon, IL 62544Email: golden.oldies.farm@gmail.com. Open: April through September: Monday through Saturday, from 7am to 5pm. Directions: From Decatur: Take highway 51 south five miles. Turn right on West Elwin Road at Hogan Grain. Continue two miles. Turn left on Hibbard Road. Our farm is the first house on the left. You'll see our sign and chickens!. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, SFMNP Voucher. (ADDED: October 31, 2010)

McLean County

  • Dearing Country Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs, gift shop, farm animals
    16410 N 800 E, Bloomington, IL 61705. Phone: 309-963-4932. Directions: 3 miles west of Bloomington on Yuton Blacktop, right on 800 East rd, farm is 1/2 mile on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: January 16, 2010)

Sangamon County

  • Bomke's Patch - 100% Corn fed, restrooms, petting zoo, school tours
    605 Country Lake Rd, Springfield, IL 62711. Phone: 217 626-1636. Alternate Phone: 217 626-1806. Fax: 217 626-1806. Email: bomkespatch@live.com. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Children's Weekends October 8th-9th 2011 and December 3rd-4th; Activites from 10 to close;. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Bomke's Patch "Where traditions begin". Promoting agriculture and family ties with the technology of today and the values of the yesterday. (ADDED: September 23, 2011)

Wholesale Foods

Iroquois County

  • Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses natural growing practices, Local sales at our farm, some produce is sustainably grown, all produce is sustainably grown, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, cucumbers, currants (red and black), grapes, onions, other berries, raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, strawberries, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: helen@mulberrylanefarm.com. 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. (UPDATED: July 06, 2013)

Union County

  • Rendleman Orchards - Regional delivery (see below for details), all produce is sustainably grown, apples, cucumbers, nectarines, peaches, summer squash, gift shop, restrooms
    9680 State Route 127 North P. O. Box 159, Alto Pass, IL 62905. Phone: 618-893-2771. Fax: 618-893-2370. Email: info@rendlemanorchards.com. Open: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: September 13, 2012)

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