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

This month's notes: December 2014: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page.  Make your own homemade 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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Southern 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!

Alexander County

Bond County

Clark County

Clay County

Clinton County

  • ATA Strawberries - strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    314 Cypress St, Carlyle, IL 62231. Phone: 618-977-3972. Email: HARDWOODFIREWOOD@YAHOO.COM. Open: 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!. (ADDED: May 10, 2010)

Crawford County

  • Benson's Blueberries / Bensons Berry Farm -
    RR 2 Box 91, Lawrenceville, IL. Phone: 618/928-2115. Alternate phone: 618/928-2516. Open: End of June - July, Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: 8 mi. south of Palestine on Rt. 33 OR 8 mi. north of Vincennes, IN, on Rt. 33.  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 10, 2009)

Cumberland County

Edwards County

  • Seals Orchard - Strawberries. 
    R. R. 1, Bone Gap, IL 62815 Phone: 618-456-3545. U-Pick area has doubled from last year's patch. Larger patches next year. 

Effingham County

Fayette County

Franklin County

  • Breezy Hill Farm - strawberries, blackberries, pumpkins, petting zoo, hayrides, farm fresh eggs
    14395 Four Mile Lane, Benton, IL 62812. Phone: (618) 937-2884. Directions: 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 and refreshments. (ADDED: October 20, 2009, from their website)

Gallatin County

Hamilton County

Hancock County

Hardin County

Henderson County

  • Twin Brook Farm - apples, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans, broccoli, cabbage & sweet corn. 
    RR. R. 1, Box 209, Stronghurst, IL 61480 (Henderson County)  Phone: 309-924-1529. 
  • Weir Fruit Farm - apples
    Rr 1, Gladstone, IL 61437. Phone: 309-627-2106

Jackson County

  • McLaughlin Strawberry Farm - strawberries,
    936 McLaughlin Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Phone: 618-684-4034. Email: CharlMclghln@aol.com. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June. Open: May and June. Payment: Cash, Check.

Jasper County

Jefferson County

  • Martin's Nest - blueberries,
    23650 N. Harmony Lane, Texico, IL 62889. Phone: 618-755-9910. Email: martin.richard46@gmail.com. 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: June 30, 2014) (ADDED: July 13, 2013)

Johnson County

  • Larry Trover Produce - Krissara’s Pride tomatoes (20 lb. U.S. #1), pears, strawberries, beans, peppers. 
    992 Gilead Church Road, Vienna, IL 62995. Phone: 618-658-5100. 

Lawrence County

  • Benson Blueberries - blueberries, restrooms
    Rr 2, Box 91, Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Phone: 618-928-2115. 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 miles north of Vincennes, IN on Illinois Route 33. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: April 25, 2014)

Madison County

  • Berry Patch - strawberries
    3351 Spangle, Stauton, IL 62088.  Phone: 618-637-2686. Email: gliss55@yahoo.com. 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 - strawberriesb>
    10349 W. Astor Road, St. Jacob, IL 62281 Phone: 618-644-9218. Email: edemange@hometel.com. 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, asparagus
    3540 Fairmont, Collinsville, IL 62234 Phone: 618-345-0766. Email: donahuesunshinefarm@yahoo.com. Pick Your Own strawberries, blackberries, asparagus. Open: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Custom picking available for strawberries & blackberries.
  • Liberty Apple Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
    8308 Kuhn Station Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Phone: 618-659-9217. Alternate Phone: 314-308-4310. Email: j5fourj@att.net. 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. (UPDATED: March 02, 2014) (ADDED: July 30, 2013)
  • Mills Apple Farm - U-Pick: peaches, apples, Christmas trees, 
    11477 Pocahontas Road, Marine, IL. Phone: 618-887-4732. 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. (UPDATED: October 25, 2009)
  • Reinhardt's Berry Patch - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries.  
    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.

Marion County

  • 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: October 04, 2008)  (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 Centraliaapples, blueberries, peaches, pears, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes, pumpkins
    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.  (UPDATED: February 28, 2013, from their website)
  • Schwartz Farms in Mt. Vernonblueberries, peaches, pears, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes, pumpkins
    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 items.  (UPDATED: February 28, 2013, from their website)

Massac County

  • Quint's U-pick - blueberries
    Unity School Road, Brookport, IL 62910. Phone: 618-564-2086. Open: Tuesday from 7:00 am - 11:00 am; Thursday from 7:00 am - 11:00 am and Saturday from 7:00 am - 11:00 am or call or see our facebook page  for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 03, 2013)

 

Monroe County

  • Stuckmeyer’s Plants & Produce - U-pick: strawberries, pumpkins .  
    9204 Bluff Road,  Waterloo, IL. Phone: 618-935-2501.   They also have a market: tomatoes, corn, beans, melons, pumpkins. 

Perry County

Pope County

Pulaski County

Randolph County

  • G & C Meyer Farm - blackberries, pumpkins. 
    4370 Rockcastle Road, Steeleville, IL 62288 Phone: 618-965-3800. Roadside Market: strawberries, blackberries, red & black raspberries, garden vegetables in season, pumpkins. Open April 26 - Halloween, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday; 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday; call for appointment otherwise.
    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!)  (UPDATED: May 28, 2009)

Richland County

Saline County

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 Louis. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: May 25, 2011)
  • 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: eckert-info@eckerts.com. 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 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!. 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, fruit orchards!!, kids activities.(ADDED: April 27, 2011)
  • Eckert’s Millstadt Farm - apples, hayrides, jumping pillows, pumpkin cannon, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, Christmas trees
    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 Haunted Hayride this September & October – if you dare! There’s so many activities 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, strawberries,
    1230 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon, IL 62254. Phone: 618-406-3263. Email: ofallonstrawberries@yahoo.com. Open: See our website for current hours. 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. (ADDED: July 30, 2009) (UPDATED: May 20, 2011)

Union County

  • Alto Vineyards, Ltd. -  seedless grapes
    8515 N. Highway 127. P. O. Box 51. Alto Pass, IL 62905. E-mail: altovin@midwest.net Phone: 618-893-4898.
  • 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 – 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.

Union County

Wabash County

Washington County

Wayne County

  • Freeland's Strawberries and Vegetable - strawberries,
    Rr 1 Box 206, Sims, IL 62886. Phone: 618-895-2680. Email: kinggardener@yahoo.com. Open: Directions: We are located in Sims, IL on Route 15 between Wayne City and Fairfield. Turn south at Sims crossroads then 3/4 mile on left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: March 06, 2010)
  • Shreve's Pumpkin Patch - strawberries, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    R.R. 4 Box 309 , Barnhill, IL 62809. Phone: (618)896-5656. Email us at: bosspumpkin@yahoo.com. Directions: We are located just North of the Mill Shoals exit 110 on I-64. Turn East at the Barnhill crossroads(there are blue tourists info signs telling you to turn here). From there follow the orange pumpkin patch signs to our farm. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, September, October. Open: Strawberries: 10:00 am to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday Pumpkin Patch: 10:00 am to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 pm to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday Strawberries: mid-May through Mid-June Pumpkin Patch: September 1st through October 31st Payment: Cash, Check.

White County

Williamson County

  • Greer's Lost Creek Farm - blueberries
    5023 New Hope Lane, Carbondale, IL 62901. Phone: 618-457-5949. 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. We are open June, July. Our hours are: Monday thru Saturday. 7 am to 12:30 & 4:00 pm til... Late June & early July. Depends on weather. 2004 prices: $1.20 per pound if you pick $1.85 per pound pre-picked daily

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Jackson County

  • McNitt Growers - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, blackberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), strawberries, porta-potties, school tours
    78 Oak Ridge Lane, Carbondale, IL 62903. Phone: 618 687 3563. Email: mcnittgrowers@gmail.com. Open: April 1 until June 1; hours are Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Bedding plants in the spring. (ADDED: June 27, 2011)
  • Peter Piper Plants and Produce - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, some produce is sustainably grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Uncovered outdoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc,
    18021 North Highway 51, Desoto, IL 62924. Phone: 618-521-2758. Email: mixmasterbaiter69@yahoo.com. Open: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am to 5 pm. Directions: On the corner of Highway 51 and Landfill road 3 miles North of DeSoto. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: June 30, 2014)

Madison County

  • Liberty Apple Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
    8308 Kuhn Station Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Phone: 618-659-9217. Alternate Phone: 314-308-4310. Email: j5fourj@att.net. 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. (UPDATED: March 02, 2014)
  • Peacock Farmers' Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is sustainably grown, Uncovered outdoor market,
    817 9th Street, Highland, IL 62249. Phone: 618 669-2440. Email: jgeiler@hotmail.com. Open: Saturday, 8am to noon, April through October. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 10, 2011)

Marion County

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)

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)

Wayne County

  • Freeland's Strawberries and Vegetable - Roadside stand, Sweet Corn, watermelon and cantaloupe
    Rr 1 Box 206, Sims, IL 62886. Phone: 618-895-2680. Email: kinggardener@yahoo.com. Directions: We are located in Sims, IL on Route 15 between Wayne City and Fairfield. Turn south at Sims crossroads then 3/4 mile on left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We offer a large u-pick strawberry patch along with pre-picked berries in the spring(may 10-june 10). U-pick opens around may 25. High tunnel tomatoes begin in late June. Sweet Corn, watermelon and cantaloupe are also grown at our farm and sold at our stand, beginning in early July. (UPDATED: March 06, 2010)
  • Grant's Tomatoes and Vegetables - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, blackberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    1108 Leininger Rd, Fairfield, IL 62837. Phone: 618-599-8441. Email: WILESJ1@MY.IECC.EDU. Open: daily from Sunday from sun-up to sunset from July to September. Directions: Take Main Street (West Bound) or Delaware Street (East Bound) to SW 10th Street turn right onto Leininger Road and it is the third house on the left. There is a beautiful sign by the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. My son and I grow homegrown tomatoes and vegetables and sell them at our home on the old fashion "Honor System" and with all proceeds going towards his 529 college investment fund!. (ADDED: October 09, 2013)

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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)

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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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This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
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