Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Southern Illinois? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Southern 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as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.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anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -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
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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occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
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Southern Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
- ATA Strawberries - strawberries, U-pick and
314 Cypress St, Carlyle, IL 62231. Phone: 618-977-3972.
[email protected]. Open: hey may have closed; Does anyone have
current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open?
please write me. Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm;
Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 7pm. Directions: take Route 127 to Slant
Road make left on camp joy take Campjoy Road to Cypress Street on the left.
Click here for a map and directions. We will be opening 2012 strawberry
season; lots of strawberries; fun, clean and cheap. Payment: Cash, only. We
will be selling soda, ice cream and juice. We think we have the best
strawberries in Clinton County!.
McConauchie Manor Farm
- strawberries, corn maze, pumpkins, meats, honey
9360 Brinkman Rd,
Carlyle, Illinois, IL 62231. Phone: (618) 780-4995. Open: Directions:
Click here for a
map and directions. We are quite diversified in what we offer -
livestock, berries, and honey. While we strive to follow organic practices
and raise our produce and livestock free of harmful chemicals and
antibiotics, we are NOT officially an organic farm. When it comes to
strawberries, we do not lie when we say they are the best in the area! We
have big, juicy California variety berries that are picked at the peak of
freshness and delivered daily to local business and markets. Or, better yet,
come pick them for yourself in our U-Pick berry patch! Our berries are grown
in our fields on raised beds each fall and are protected through the winter
with special blankets which allow us to sell early. Among the varieties of
strawberries that we offer are Albion, CamaRosa, San Andreas and Chandler.
Each fall, McConauchie's, hosts a fall festival complete with a corn maze
and many other attractions! Come for the corn maze but your ticket will also
include hay rides, a petting zoo, access to the playground (and the popular
TIRE MOUNTAIN), take a ride on a pony in our riding arena and go on a barrel
train ride through the farm. For an additional fee, use our pumpkin chucker
to hit targets out in the back field!
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(ADDED: September 4, 2017, JBS)
Breezy Hill Farm
- strawberries, blackberries, pumpkins, petting zoo, hayrides, farm fresh
14395 Four Mile Lane, Benton, IL 62812. Phone: (618) 937-2884.
click here for a map and directions. Open: U-Pick when available - call
to verify before you come! Come and let the kids play at the Barn-O-Rama.
Children's birthday party packages available. School, or church youth group
field trips. All of our activities are geared toward children 12 and under.
Don't Forget the General Store with Homemade Jams and Jellies, crafted items
- Twin Brook Farm - apples, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans,
broccoli, cabbage & sweet corn.
RR. R. 1, Box 209, Stronghurst, IL 61480 (Henderson County) Phone:
Rising Sun Family Farm - strawberries, U-pick and
already picked, porta-potties are available
19460 East 725th Avenue, Willow
Hill, IL 62480. Phone: (618) 554-1015. Email:
[email protected]. Open: See our Facebook page for
hours. Directions: 5 miles east of State Highway 130 on Sainte
Marie Spur, then north 2 miles. 4 miles south of State Highway 33
on Sainte Marie Road. 3 miles south of Oblong, then west 5 miles.
Watch for signs.
Click here for a map and directions. Strawberry season
typically runs from early to mid May through early June;. Payment:
Cash, only. (ADDED: April 24, 2017)
Martin's Nest - blueberries,
N. Harmony Lane, Texico, IL 62889. Phone: 618-755-9910. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Call for available picking
times. Directions: Route 15 East from Mt. Vernon, turn on to Harmony
Route. Proceed 9 miles until you come to a four way stop sign.
Continue straight ahead 1.8 miles, gravel road and signs on right.
From Route 161, look for the Iuka Road/Donoho Prairie Christian Church
sign. Turn south. Go approximately 3 miles to the stop sign, continue
straight 3/4ths of a mile, look for blueberry signs on the left, turn
up the graveled road.
Click here for a map and directions.
Blueberries available end of June thru July. Payment: Cash, only. We
have Spartan, Toro, Bluecrop, Chandler, Berkley and Aurora
blueberries. (UPDATED: April 30, 2018, JBS)
- Larry Trover Produce -
Krissara's Pride tomatoes (20 lb. U.S. #1), pears, strawberries, beans,
992 Gilead Church Road, Vienna, IL 62995. Phone: 618-658-5100.
Benson's Blueberries / Bensons Berry Farm
RR 2 Box 91, Lawrenceville, IL. Phone: 618/928-2115. Alternate phone:
618/928-2516. Open: mid June to early July; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and
Saturday; 7:00 am to 1:00 pm; call for start and end dates or check Benson
Blueberries page on Facebook. Directions: 8 mi. south of Palestine on Rt. 33 OR 8 mi. north of
Vincennes, IN, on Rt. 33. Payment: Cash, Check.
- Berry Patch - strawberries
3351 Spangle, Stauton, IL 62088. Phone: 618-637-2686. Email:
[email protected]. Directions: I-55 Frontage Road 1 mile North of
Livingston. Open: after May 15- June 9. Suggest you call before coming. No
children under 14 years of age.
- Demange Farm - strawberries
10349 W. Astor Road, St. Jacob, IL 62281 Phone: 618-644-9218. Email:
You pick or they pick. Ready end of May. Open: Starts around May 20, then
for several weeks, 7 am to 7 pm daily (only).
- W. J. Donahue Sunshine Farm - strawberries, blackberries,
3540 Fairmont, Collinsville, IL 62234 Phone: 618-345-0766. Email:
[email protected]. Pick Your Own strawberries, blackberries,
asparagus. Open: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Custom picking available for
strawberries & blackberries.
Liberty Apple Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
Kuhn Station Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Phone: 618-659-9217. Alternate
Phone: 314-308-4310. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Saturday: 8:30am to 4:30pm Sunday: 1:00pm to
4:30pm Monday and Thursday: 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Directions: From the Meyer
YMCA in Edwardsville, go east on Goshen Road approximately two miles, turn
right on Staunton Road , cross the Bike Trail, turn left on Kuhn Station
Road We are down the road about 1/4 mile on the right.
Click here for a map and directions. Late August through mid-November.
Payment: Cash, only.
Click here for our Facebook page.
Mills Apple Farm
- U-Pick: peaches, apples, Christmas trees,
11477 Pocahontas Road, Marine, IL. Phone: 618-887-4732. Email:
[email protected]. Open: in July when
the peaches ripen; closes for season Dec. 24th at noon; open 9:00 - 5:00 on
Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays except Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Directions: 25 miles Northeast of St. Louis, MO on Pocahontas Road between
Marine and Grantfork, IL.
Directions to the Farm.
Market: peaches, apples. Any childe who has ever wanted to drive a train
will have that chance on weekends, when the train is available. The train
belongs to Keith. He made it from scratch and it is a work of art. He cannot
always be at the farm on fall weekends, but he tries to be. There is a
nominal charge to be the engineer.
Every year we add more pumpkins. They will be ready in late September
through October. It is hard to say which the kids enjoy most: the wagon ride
to the patch, or the search for the perfect pumpkin to pick.(UPDATED: April
26, 2018, JBS)
- Reinhardt's Berry Patch - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries,
77503 Kerin Road, Alhambra, IL 62001 (Madison County) Phone:
618-633-2888. Also Pre-picked Also available: handmade arts and crafts;
pumpkins and gourds. Call for availability and picking appointments.
- Strackeljahn Farms - U-pick: strawberries.
Highway 40, St. Jacob, IL. Phone: 618-644-2982.
- Stumpf Peach Orchard - peaches
6210 Geiger Road, Alhambra, IL.
Phone: 618-488-7423. Roadside stand, too.
Beal's Orchard - Pick your own: Blueberries, peaches
471 Jasper Road, Centralia, Illinois, IL, 62801. Phone: 618-822-6169. Also a
roadside market with breads, cakes, pastries with fillings, donuts, caramel
apples, popcorn, molasses, fresh apples, blackberries, peaches, raspberries,
strawberries, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, sweet corn and turnips. Aunt Beth's
brand apple butter (sweetened/unsweetened). Prairie Apiaries brand honey and
Larry Miles/Millsap brand sorghum. Open: mid June through November 1;. Call
for hours. Farm bakery items include apple cider donuts, strawberry, apple,
and blueberry snack stix, jams, jelly, and preserves, apple butter, honey,
sorghum. We also have apple cider and cherry-apple cider.
(UPDATED: February 28, 2013, from the state Ag website)
Sager Farms - blackberries, strawberries.
55251 Kell Road, Kell, IL 62853. Phone: 618-822-6637. Roadside Market: fresh
apples, blackberries, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes & sweet corn.
Schwartz Farms in Centralia - apples, blueberries, peaches, pears, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes,
1942 Copple Road, Centralia, IL 62801. Phone: 618-532-8058. Alternate Phone: 618-249-8546. Also apple cider, honey,
molasses & apple butter. Directions: In Southern Illinois and just
an easy hours drive from St. Louis, Schwartz Orchard is just east of
Centralia. If you live in Mt. Vernon, Centralia, or Salem we are in your
neighborhood. Fresh Produce and Beautiful Flowers. Fresh, in season apples
peaches, pears, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkins
and more are available at Schwartz Orchard. We offer both picked and "you"
pick fruits and berries. Come see our different varieties of blooming
flowers and beautiful hanging baskets. Schwartz Orchard has a complete
kitchen. We offer baked goods from Strawberry Shortcake to Peach Cobbler. We
don't stop there. come by and try one out. We have picnic tables for
you to sit back, snack and enjoy. Place your orders for your family
reunions. We will have them "hot" and waiting for you to pick up. We have
apple butter, jellies, and jams with eight new "low" sugar items.
Schwartz Farms in Mt. Vernon - blueberries, peaches, pears, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes,
Route 37, Dix, Illinois. Phone: 618-266-7756. Phone: 618-532-8058.
Alternate Phone: 618-249-8546. Also apple cider, honey,
molasses & apple butter. Directions: In Southern Illinois and just
an easy hours drive from St. Louis, Schwartz Orchard is located 8 miles
north of Mt. Vernon on route 37. If you live in Mt. Vernon, Centralia, or
Salem we are in your neighborhood. Fresh Produce and Beautiful Flowers.
Fresh, in season peaches, pears, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries,
tomatoes, pumpkins and more are available at Schwartz Orchard. We offer both
picked and "you" pick fruits and berries. Come see our different varieties
of blooming flowers and beautiful hanging baskets. Schwartz Orchard
has a complete kitchen. We offer baked goods from Strawberry Shortcake to
Peach Cobbler. We don't stop there. come by and try one out. We have picnic
tables for you to sit back, snack and enjoy. Place your orders for
your family reunions. We will have them "hot" and waiting for you to pick
up. We have apple butter, jellies, and jams with eight new "low" sugar
Quint's U-pick - blueberries
Unity School Road, Brookport,
IL 62910. Phone: 618-564-2086. Open: Tuesday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am;
Thursday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
or call or see our facebook page for hours and
availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.
Little Texas Farm - corn (sweet), cucumbers, pumpkins, summer
780 Renshaw Road, Grantsburg, IL 62943. Phone: 270-559-5849.
Fax: 270-575-9276. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.
Directions: From I-24: Exit to the east at New Columbia/Big Bay exit. Go
east 2 1/2 miles on Big Bay Road to Big Bay; turn left (north) on Old
Marion Road (before the tracks). Go beside the tracks for 2 miles into
Reevesville; left across the tracks at the only crossing. Travel the
gravel road. Garden is 1/2 mile on the left. From 145: Travel to Renshaw
(2 miles south of 146, or, 13 miles north from the Metropolis exit off
I-24). Travel WEST on the only gravel road from Renshaw -- Reevesville
Road -- 2 miles. Farm is on the right.
Click here for a map and directions. Also available are tomatoes,
specialty tomatoes, squash, peppers, specialty pepeppers. Payment: Cash,
Click here for our Facebook page. Bring snacks and drinks. This is a
remote location without amenities. A great place for walking or for
sitting in the shade! Glad to have you!. (ADDED: April 06, 2015)
- G & C Meyer Farm - blackberries, pumpkins.
4370 Rockcastle Road, Steeleville, IL 62288 Phone: 618-965-3800. Open:
black raspberries start in mid June; pumpkins in September and October, 8 am to 6 pm,
Monday to Friday; 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday; call for appointment otherwise.Roadside
Market has already picked strawberries, blackberries, red & black
raspberries, garden vegetables in season, pumpkins. (UPDATED: June 10,
A visitor tells me on May 28, 2009:
"Called this farm to ask about picking schedule on the evening of 5/28/09
and the woman who answered said they are not doing strawberries." (They are
still doing blackberries and pumpkins, though!)
Five Creeks Family Farm -
UPDATE: April 30, 2018: The owner tells me they are now
1120 E Massac Lane, Noble, IL 62868.. (ADDED: March 29,
St. Clair County
Braeutigam Orchards - apples, blackberries, blueberries,
cherries, eggplant, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, tomatoes, other
vegetables, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, farm market, farm
animals, birthday parties, school tours
2795 Turkey Hill Lane,
Belleville, IL 62221. Phone: (618) 233-4059. Open:Seasonal from June to
October Monday thru Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions: 20 miles Southeast of Street
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards,
Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: April 30, 2018, JBS)
Eckert's Country Store and Farms - apples, peaches, pumpkins,
strawberries, 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 protected]. Open: See our website for current hours.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions: See our website for
Click here for a map and directions. See our website for current crop
information. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover,
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!. Just twenty-five minutes from downtown St.
Louis, our Belleville "homeplace" farm is the site of our original 1910
roadside stand. Our Belleville farm complex has grown to offer something for
every member of your family:
a Country Store,
a beautiful Garden Center,
a Country Restaurant,
an old-fashioned Custard Shop,
Eckert's Millstadt Farm - apples, hayrides, jumping pillows,
pumpkin cannon, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, Christmas
2719 Eckert Orchard Lane, Millstadt, IL 62260. Phone: (800)745-0513. Open:
See our website for current hours. Directions:
click here for farm directions. Only a short drive from downtown St.
Louis, your whole family will love Eckert's Millstadt Fun Farm! Visit the
incredible creations in Uncle Aubrey's Workshop, squeal with delight at
Billy Bob's pig races, ride the Deere Express through the orchard, then
plunge into the 70-foot underground slide at Eckert's Mining Company! Wagon
rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch are a favorite for all. Visit
Uncle Aubrey's Workshop, or join us for a
this September & October - if you dare! There's so many
for the kids see and do... you'll wear the kids out... and Mom and Dad,
too! Our jumping pillow is a giant colorful, inflatable pillow that is so
much fun and will keep your kids entertained. Fun for adults, too! We can't
forget about the amazing pumpkin cannon, the Jack-O-Lobber. The
Jack-O-Lobber fires a pumpkin a half-mile! Shows are every hour on the hour
Friday through Sunday. If you are craving mouth-watering country food like
roasted sweet corn or chicken shish kababs be sure to stop by Bob's N'Cobs
Food Stand. Of course, hotdogs, bratwurst, KettleKorn, homemade ice cream
and funnel cakes are always on the menu too! Eckert's is known far and wide
for its great country entertainment. Watch a real live melodrama play out on
the Grand Stage. (ADDED: August 26, 2011, by Blake)
- Green Acres Farm/ Janet Wiser Produce - greens
6200 Rock Springs Road,
East St. Louis, IL. Directions: Call for directions. Phone:
618-397-6237. Open around Labor Day.
- Troy-O'fallon Strawberries -
No pesticides are used
1230 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon, IL 62254. Phone:
[email protected]. Open: They may have closed; Does anyone have current information,
are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If
please write me.
Directions: From Interstate 64 take exit 19 and drive north on Troy Scott
Field road about 5 miles. From Troy drive south about 7 miles. We're right
on Troy Scott Field road.
Click here for a map and directions.
Strawberries: May 10 to June 15. We do not use pesticides on the crops.
Payment: Cash, only.
- Alto Vineyards, Ltd. - seedless grapes
8515 N. Highway 127. P. O. Box 51. Alto Pass, IL 62905. Email:
Blue Berry Hill Farm - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons.
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.
Hallsberry Farms - Strawberries, blackberries,
20 United Missionary Ln, Buncombe, IL 62912.
Phone: (618) 559-6127. We are a family owned farm in Buncombe,
IL. We provide our community with fresh local strawberries,
blackberries, and blueberries. Twenty years strong! A family
owned farm that started with a small patch of blueberries in
1994. As we've grown, we now offer to our community fresh local
blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries! (ADDED:
September 3, 2017, JBS)
Greer's Lost Creek Farm - blueberries
5023 New Hope Lane, Carbondale, IL 62901. Phone: 618-457-5949.
Open: June, July; Monday thru Saturday. 7 am to 12:30 & 4:00 pm til
dusk. Depends on weather. Directions: 2 miles east of Giant City Grade school. OR Take Skyhawk
West from Spillway.....you'll see the sign Click here for a map to our farm.