Both my son and I absolutely love blueberries! We purchase them year-round and can’t wait for Farmer’s Market season to open so we can get fresh blueberries.
With such a blueberry craze in my house, it’s probably hard to believe we have yet to pick our own blueberries. Truth is my schedule and his sports schedule combined with the short summer season don’t give us much time. However, 2023 is our year!
If your family is like mine and you love blueberries, but need a blueberry picking 101 class, this is it. This article will not only tell you where to find blueberry picking near you, but it will also give you some pretty cool tips and tricks from Annie’s experiences picking blueberries with her kids.
Note that some of these farms may be in a different time zone (Indiana), so please keep that in mind when you plan your trip. Hours may also change as the season winds down or the supply begins to run low. Please call ahead (or check the farm’s Facebook page) to ensure the best trip possible for you and your family. It would be terrible to drive out to a farm and not be able to pick, so we’ll say it one more time . . . call ahead!
U-Pick Blueberries Map: Find a Blueberry Farm Near You
Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: Start Dates, Hours, Features
The following spots for u-pick blueberries are within about two hours of Chicagoland. Please call ahead or check for information on the day you plan to go to ensure availability, which can change from day to day.
Tammen Treeberry Farm
37131 Essex Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
- Season usually begins around mid-July. They update their Facebook page with dates.
- Last year, U-Pick prices were $2.79/lb.; prepick prices were $4.25/lb.
- Open 8:00am – 4:30pm
- They also sell Christmas trees in winter
911 East State Street
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
- Blueberry season begins July 1, 2023.
- Check their Facebook or Instagram pages for regular updates.
- They also usually have strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, blackberries, and raspberries available for u-pick when in season.
McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
- Blueberry season runs approximately July 15, 2023, through August 1, 2023.
- Check their Facebook page for updates.
- McCann Farm asks for check or cash payment, parking is free.
- Only open Wednesdays and Sundays.
Fritts Berry Farm
10301 N. State Road 10
DeMotte, IN 46310
- Blueberry season begins July 5, 2023.
- Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 7:00am – 3:00pm.
- The season usually lasts through early August.
- Their website is updated regularly; check back for details.
- Cash and check only
6721 W. State Road 10
Demotte, IN 46310
- Opening day is projected to be July 1, 2023.
- U-pick $2.50/pound; ready-picked $3.75/pound or $4/pound for Jerseys
- Check their Facebook page for most up to date information.
6716 Colorado Street
Hobart, IN 46342
- Call ahead to check U-Pick hours.
Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
- Blueberry U-Pick season begins June 30, 2023.
- Open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays for $5/person
- Fun Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays for $12/person, this includes U-Pick
- See their U-Pick page for updates, pricing information, hours, and fun farm info.
Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 W.
Wanatah, IN 46390
- They hope to open over the July 4 weekend. Check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
- U-Pick is open daily 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
2666 W. St. Road 10
Wheatfield, IN 46392
- U-Pick season is open as of June 29, 2023.
- Ready-picked blueberries are $3.75/lb, U-pick blueberries are $2.50/lb.
- They recommend checking their Facebook page or calling to check field conditions before driving out.
Grandma’s Berry Patch
9895 W. 1700 S.
Lacrosse, IN 46348
- U-Pick opens July 2023, as of May 2023 there is no set date.
- Their Facebook page is more regularly updated; check for updates.
- Cash or check only.
Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W. 1000 North
LaPorte, IN 46350
- Blueberry U-Pick season begins July 1, 2023.
- Open daily with the exception of Tuesdays.
- Bring your own containers or purchase some from the farm store.
- Call ahead to find out weather.
5911 W. 50 S
LaPorte, IN 46350
- Opening day is usually early July.
- Open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm
- This farm offers many different fruits and vegetables for purchase and picking. Check the website for up-to-date information on what is available.
9957 North Frontage Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
- Opening at the beginning of July; no set date as of May 2023.
- Credit cards are accepted with a minimum purchase of $10
- No pets
Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn
650 Freyer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
- As of May 2023, no set opening date.
- Check their Facebook page for updates about opening day.
Bonnell’s Blueberry Patch
4840 S. 600 West
North Judson, IN 46366
- Opening July 2023, no set date as of May 2023
- 2023 prices: Ready-pick is $3/lb.; U-pick is $1.75/lb.
- Cash or check accepted; bring your own boxes or containers.
- Check their Facebook page for more information on opening day.
Stade’s Farm and Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60051
- Open for blueberry U-Pick mid-July; check back for exact dates.
- $6 1-pint basket, $12 1-quart basket, $20 2-quart basket.
- Each person that enters is required to pick 1 pint
- Can only pick using Stade’s baskets.
- All forms of payment accepted except American Express.
- Call ahead or check Facebook page before visiting the farm.
Planning Your Trip
Questions to Ask
Always call before you go picking to verify hours. (We can’t stress this enough!) Ask if the fields are picked over or still have a decent amount of blueberries to pick. The length of the season is greatly affected by the weather, especially with berries.
Some farms charge for containers or don’t supply them at all, so plan for that, too. You might bring small buckets or metal coffee cans with soft rope through each side.
Ask the type of payment they prefer. Many prefer cash or check, while others want credit card only.
You can also ask when the fields were sprayed, to see if it has rained since then. It’s way more fun to pick if you can sample along the way!
What to Bring for Blueberry Picking
- Hats. Sometimes you can stand in the shade of the blueberry bushes, but shade isn’t always available in the field. If you bring a baby, put them in a big-brimmed bucket hat or set up a blanket with an umbrella in the middle of the row and make sure your little one is in the shade.
- Sunblock and insect repellent. Picking blueberries is fun; getting sunburned or bitten is not. Take precautions and don’t forget to reapply.
- Containers. Some places supply their own, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Hand wipes or baby wipes. Double- and triple-check as this adventure can get sticky quickly.
- Stroller or wagon. The fields can be far away from the parking area.
- Water. Drink it often! You don’t realize all the bending over and sunshine catches up with you.
- Picnic lunch or snack. Even if you plan on going out for a meal afterwards, blueberry picking is hungry work.
- Blanket to sit on while you eat. Depending on the farm, there may or may not be picnic tables available, but a blanket is handy in case the ground is muddy or the tables are full.
What to Wear for Blueberry Picking
Dress lightly and wear gym shoes with socks, or even better yet, boots. Think Peppa Pig and puddles! Don’t wear nice clothes or shoes. Especially with kids, you almost always get blueberry juice on your clothes… which is really hard to get out. Bring a change of clothes to wear on the way home for the kids, and maybe grown-ups, too.
Blueberry Picking Tips
Blueberries are ripe when they are all dark blue. The portion around the stem turns color last, so don’t pick berries that are just blue on the bottom. If the berries are slightly red around the stem they are good, just a little tart.
If you have a bucket or coffee can with a rope tied to it, you can hang it around your neck to allow the berries to fall into the container as you pick (much faster).
Often there are great berries in the center of the bush, or down low, which is perfect for your little ones.
When You Get Home
Don’t wash your blueberries until you are ready to eat them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling. If you would like to wash them in batches, we recommend filling a large bowl with water and adding some vinegar. Swish the blueberries around in the diluted vinegar water, then drain and rinse with water.
Freeze your blueberries: It is better to freeze blueberries without washing them so they do not get icy (or make sure to let them completely dry if you want to wash them). Just pour them into a Ziploc bag and place in the freezer. Blueberries can keep for months in the freezer!
We’ve got tons more outdoor activities to do with your family this summer! Did we forget one of your favorite blueberry farms? Please comment below so we make sure to add it. Did you visit one of these farms? We’d love to see your pictures! Tag us on Instagram with #sharekidlist.