Find a local pick your own farm here!

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operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.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   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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 November 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for November 2018: Autumn is here! Apples, pears, Fall raspberries, figs, winter squash , corn mazes and pumpkin patches 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 seasonal updates.

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 apples, pumpkins, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.

See our comprehensive list of easy 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 write me!

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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!

Central Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

Adams County

  • Mill Creek Farm - pumpkins, strawberries, and prepicked produce, restrooms
    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: Cash, Check. 

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. .

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: [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 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 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, 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.

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: [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

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: [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 Strawberry!. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: May 15 to June 6 You pick or We pick. Payment: Cash, Check.

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.

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 are available, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    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;  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).

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. [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.

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: [email protected]. Other: sells vegetables, display garden, classes year round, newsletter, open year round.

Macon County

  • 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, IL 62526.
  • 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 on. "
    (UPDATED: June 30, 2017)

Macoupin County

  • Backwoods Berry Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, asparagus
    227244 Hettick & Scottsville Road, Hettick, IL 62649.  Phone: (217) 436-2510. Email: [email protected]. 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)
    112803 Broom 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.

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: [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 page.    

Menard County

  • 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. 

Montgomery County

  • 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 pre-picked options.
    Typical crop dates:
    Asparagus (not PYO) -May - Early June
    Strawberries - Mid May - Early June
    Cherries (not PYO) - Early June
    Blueberries - Mid June - Mid July
    Raspberries - June
    Black Raspberries - Mid June
    Blackberries - July
    Peaches - July - August
    Tomatoes - July - September
    Peppers - June - July
    Cucumbers - June - July.
    (ADDED: August 27, 2015)

Morgan County

Moultrie County

  • Okay Valley OrchardOkay 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, school tours
    724 county road 1750 north, Sullivan, IL 61951. Phone: (217) 728-8269. Email: [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 . Playground 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, 2017) 
  • Prairie Hill Blueberry Farm - blueberries, picnic area
    424 County Road 1400 North, Bethany, IL 61914. Phone: 217-665-3935. Email: [email protected]. 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)   

Peoria County

  • 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, AmEx. 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) 
    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! "
  • The Weedy Garden - corn (sweet), pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes,
    13215 N. Bland Road, Dunlap, IL 61525. Phone: 309-645-1807. Email: [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)

Piatt County

Pike County

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: [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, farm animals
    103 Clear Creek, Dawson, IL 62520. Phone: 217-415-6846. Email: [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.  

Schuyler County

Scott County

Shelby County

  • 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: [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)    

Tazewell County

Vermillion County

Warren County

Woodford County


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