Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Central Illinois? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Central 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as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.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anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -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 January 2019, and
other timely information:
Notes for January 2019: 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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See our companion website to find a local
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Central Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2019, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
Mill Creek Farm - pumpkins, strawberries, and prepicked produce,
2833 S. 48th Street, Quincy, IL 62305. Phone: 217-222-8430. Email:
[email protected]. 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. Click here for a map and directions.
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:
- Bottens/Lopez Greenhouse and Garden -
beans, broad beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, herbs/spices, melons,
peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes,
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.
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:
[email protected]. 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
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 Cafe 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.
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 Fall.
De Witt County
Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - apples, pumpkins,
7 Miles East Of Clinton, Il. R# 4 Box 312, Clinton, IL 61727. Phone:
[email protected]. 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). Click here for a map and directions. 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.
- Bess Berries - strawberries, U-pick and
175 Illinois Highway 1 (Oliver), Marshall, IL 62441.
Phone: 217/466-0740. Email:
[email protected]. 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
Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: May 15 to June 6 You
pick or We pick. Payment: Cash, Check.
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.
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,
414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to
7 pm; Closed Sunday; Open from April 1 to October 1; Strawberry
U Pick starts in early May, BY RESERVATION ONLY. Please call ahead and
reserve a spot! The demand is high this year, so don't miss out; Farm
shop is 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, only.
Mulberry Lane Farm. 2018 Prices starting out are $3.99 per lb. Minimum
5 lbs per person (12 years old and older). Already picked strawberries
are also available by reservation only. 2018 prepicked prices are
$5.99 per lb for the first week or two. Prices will drop further into
the season. You are at the right place for organic food (all our USDA
Certified Organic products are non-GMO and glyphosate free; no
Roundup!) and canning supplies. Buy in bulk and save BIG money! We are
certified organic by the Global Organic Alliance (GOA).
Eckert's Grafton Farm - apples, pumpkins, peaches.
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
- 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.
- Nyman's Harvest Corner - strawberries.
R. R. 1, Maquon, IL., 837 Brown Avenue, Galesburg, IL, 61401. Phone:
309-342-5059 or: 309-462-5242.
[email protected] 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.
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:
[email protected]. Other: sells vegetables, display garden, classes year
round, newsletter, open year round.
Double D Farms -
UPDATE for 2018 No longer doing pick-your-own; they still have a
farm market (see
the farm market info here)
4187 N. Cowgill Avenue, Decatur,
Old Moon Orchard
- UPDATE June 30, 2017: CLOSED PERMANENTLY
14260 Lake Fork Lane, Maroa, IL 61756.
Click here for our Facebook page.
A visitor writes on June
30, 2017: "My husband and I tried to find Old Moon Orchard
in Macon County IL. The trees are still there but there is no sign and no
one there to let you pick. I\'m pretty sure this place is closed. Also we
could not find a website or phone number anywhere to find out what is going
(UPDATED: June 30, 2017)
Backwoods Berry Farm
- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, asparagus
227244 Hettick & Scottsville Road, Hettick, IL 62649. Phone: (217)
Open: Strawberries - Mid to Late May; we start taking orders May 1st;
Blueberries - Late June; we take orders in May & June; Blackberries -Mid to
Late July; we take orders in May & June on a "first come/ first served"
basis; Peaches - Early August. U-Pick hours vary by season, call or check
Facebook for more information. Always closed on Sundays.
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)
Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217-854-3514. Email:
[email protected]. 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.
- Windmill Farm Berries - raspberries.
29961 E. County Road, Manito, IL 61546 Phone:
- Braffet Berry Farm - strawberries,
2250 N Rd, Carlock, IL 61725. Phone: 309-376-2012. Email:
[email protected]. 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
- Frank Farms, Inc. -
asparagus, sweet corn when in season,
R. R. 2, Box 41, Athens, IL 62613 Phone: 217-636-8112. Email:
[email protected] Wagon ride fall through winter, Christmas trees day
after Thanksgiving, can tag own tree.
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, Fresh eggs
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. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit
cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
Click here for our Facebook page.
We are a small family owned and operated orchard where our goal is to
provide fresh, quality fruit and a family friendly experience, whether
it's picking your own fruits, petting the farm animals, or just
visiting our shop. In our shop you can always find an assortment of
hand crafted products such as goat milk soaps, lotions and lip balm,
fresh honey, and fresh pre-picked fruits and vegetables in season. If
you're looking to pick your own fruit, family friendly U-pick is
available for almost all the fruits that we grow in addition to
Typical crop dates:
Asparagus (not PYO)
-May - Early June
Strawberries - Mid May - Early June
(not PYO) - Early June
Blueberries - Mid June - Mid July
Raspberries - June
Black Raspberries - Mid June
Peaches - July - August
Tomatoes - July - September
Peppers - June - July
Cucumbers - June - July.
(ADDED: August 27, 2015)
Valley Orchard - Peaches, apples, plums, pears, cider, jellies,
apple cider donuts, baked goods, restrooms, gift shop, concession stand
(drinks, snacks and/or food), Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made
on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, picnic area,
724 county road 1750 north, Sullivan, IL 61951. Phone: (217)
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6
pm; Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, during summer and fall. Directions: See their
website for directions.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard .
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. Our 1500 apple trees grow 27
different varieties of apples, peaches, plums, and pears. Come and eat in
our covered picnic area, play in our playground, browse through our Country
Store full of in-season Illinois fruit, fresh apple cider, honey, jellies,
gifts, apple cider donuts, and other fresh baked goodies. We also have a
u-pick area, dependent on what is seasonally available. (UPDATED: July 12,
Prairie Hill Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
424 County Road 1400 North, Bethany, IL 61914. Phone: 217-665-3935. Email:
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.
Click here for a map and directions. 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!. (UPDATD: July 12, 2017, by a visitor)
Christ Orchard - apples, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on
the premises), restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals
4317 N Texas Road, Elmwood, IL 61529. Phone: (309) 446-3324. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Pick Your Own Apples in Mid September to
Mid October and Pick Your Own pumpkins in October. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management
practices (IPM). Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover,
Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 21, 2018)
- Rockwell's U Pick Blueberries - blueberries,
On Krause Road 1/2 Mile South Of Cloverdale Road, Chillicothe, IL 61523.
Phone: 309-286-5201. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Saturday from 7 am to
Noon; Call for fruit availability. Directions: 3 miles west of Route 29 on
Cloverdale Road , Turn left (south) at Krause Road , Rock's Patch is a 1/2
mile south of Cloverdale Road on Krause Road , right side (west) of the
road. Payment: Cash, Check. Note:
there are photos of the farm on this unofficial Facebook page. (UPDATED:
June 26, 2016)
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! "
The Weedy Garden - corn (sweet), pumpkins, strawberries,
13215 N. Bland Road, Dunlap, IL 61525. Phone: 309-645-1807.
[email protected]. Open: Monday - Saturday, from 8 am to 8 pm.
Directions: Head north on Knoxville Road (RT. 40) past Lake of the Woods
Plaza. Turn left (West) on Cedar Hills Drive toward Dunlap. Make a right
(North) on Bland Road. We're just past the subdivision on the left (West)
side of the road - white ranch.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Herbs,
cucumbers, squash, zucchini, herbs, etc. will be available throughout the
growing season. (ADDED: April 26, 2016)
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:
[email protected]. 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.
The Lazy T - peas, pumpkins, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed),
prepicked produce, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand,
103 Clear Creek, Dawson, IL 62520. Phone: 217-415-6846.
[email protected]. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. 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.
Just Berries - blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, U-pick
and already picked, picnic area, school tours
233 N 2900 East Rd,
Stewardson, IL 62463. Phone: 217-682-5588. Alternate Phone: 217-343-8348.
[email protected]. Open: Strawberries open during May to June,
Blueberries open June to July and Blackberries open July to August; All
information is posted on Facebook or our website.
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. Strawberries open during May to
June, Blueberries open June to July and Blackberries open July to August;
All information is posted on Facebook or our website. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. No pets of any kind allowed on the
farm. (UPDATED: July 30, 2016)