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Vegetable U-Pick Orchards in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for vegetables that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have vegetables orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

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! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

DeKalb County

  • Go-Ro Fresh U-Pick Vegetables - beets, broccoli, carrots, herbs or spices, kale, onions, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, watermelons, Honey from hives on the farm, farm market, porta-potties
    34565 Route 23, Genoa, IL 60135. Phone: (224) 764-8821. Email: Open: Opening day for U - Pick Vegetables will be August 21st; 2020; We will be open till Mid October or the first hard frost. Directions: We are located 4 miles south of interstate 90 on Route 23. Located at the corner of Birch Road and Route 23. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . U-Pick vegetables open the middle August till the middle of October;. (UPDATED: August 10, 2020)
  • Walnut Grove Vocational Farm - beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs or spices, onions, peas, peppers, raspberries (Spring, red), summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, restrooms, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    33600 Pearl Street, Kirkland, IL 60146. Phone: (815) 793-0950. Email: Open: U-Pick Strawberry patches typically start in mid-June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Walnut Grove Vocational Farm Facebook page. . Use this link to sign up: Pick-your-own started in 2018. For everyone's safety: U-Pick is open only to adults & supervised children 12+. (ADDED: August 03, 2017)

McHenry County

  • Grace Farm Studios - Uses natural growing practices, aronia berries, beets, currants (red), currants (black), elderberries, gooseberries, saskatoons, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, porta-potties, farm animals, school tours, group reservations
    2719 Franklinville Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 206-9958. Email: Open: Federal holidays except Christmas and Easter; for PUBLIC visitation; Please check our Facebook or Instagram site for emergency changes in hours, and to learn what is currently in season for picking. Directions: For your convenience, Grace Farm Studios is listed on Google Maps. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, PayPal, ApplePay, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Grace Farm Studios Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (815) 790-8895. Fax: N/A. . Asparagus season is typically end of April to first week of July; haskap (honey berries) are usually the last two weeks of June; gooseberries are typically July through August; red and black raspberries first fruiting is typically July through August; second raspberry fruiting is September 1 through first heavy frost; elderberries and aronia come September through October; Vegetables July - October;. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do not charge per person or per carload. We are a biologically closed farm - please do not bring your pets. We do not allow pets to use the bathroom on our grounds. Thank you for understanding. During the COVID national emergency, we do require masks and social distancing. Thank you. (ADDED: January 17, 2021)

Will County

  • Rainbow Harvest Hydroponic Greenhouse & Farm - herbs or spices, peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs 428, Channahon, IL 60410. Phone: 815-530-8366. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . UPDATE for 2021, Their website is gone and there's nothing else about them that is current on the internet - I presume they have closed. Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me. year - round by appointment only; Please email or call to schedule an appointment.


Vegetable Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Pick veggies that are firm and free of blemishes.

Canning, Freezing, Drying, Preserving and more!

Below are links to pages with easy and reliable directions about how to can, preserve, freeze and make other goodies fromveggiess.  Some of these require a Pressure Canner to prevent potential spoilage and food poisoning, due to the low acid content of the food.  For others, you can use a water bath canner OR a Pressure Canner.  I've noted what's required for each, below, following each entry, with
W for water bath,
P for Pressure canner, and
W, P for either may be used!

Pickled vegetables

Canning tomatoes (in water bath canners )Home canned tomato soup

Canning Tomatoes in Pressure canners

Freezing Tomatoes

Drying tomatoes

Ripening green tomatoes in your garage or basement

If you want to bring your green tomatoes indoors before a freeze in the Fall, and ripen them, see:

And if you'd like to start you own tomatoes from seed (you can save a small fortune and grow the heirloom varieties you like) see this page for easy directions for growing your own tomato plants from seed.

Many more recipes and directions:


Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)