Fruit picking is this summer’s hottest family activity! You are outside, socially distanced, and picking some of nature’s sweetest bounties! Blueberry picking generally starts in mid-July and runs approximately 3-4 weeks. Blueberries freeze nicely, so you can enjoy their deliciousness (and antioxidants) year-round. But where to find blueberry picking near here? We’ve rounded up all the blueberry U-Pick farms within 2 hours of Chicago.
2020 Blueberry Picking Season: U-Pick Berries Near Chicago
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 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!
Each farm has different precautions this summer to ensure your family and their staff stay safe. Many ask patrons to wear a mask during check-in and check-out, hand sanitize before picking, and use different payment methods. Check with your farm’s safety guidelines before you go. Don’t forget to check out our tips for picking at the bottom of the article!
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.
Tammen Treeberry Farm
37131 Essex Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
- Open Monday–Saturday 8:00am – 4:30pm.
- They estimate the 2020 blueberry season will begin around mid-July and are still working on new procedures in light of COVID-19.
911 East State Street
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
- Open Monday–Saturday 10:00am – 4:30pm.
- Blueberry season begins the first week of July. They also have strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries, and raspberries available for u-pick, when in season.
- Cherries also available late June; social distancing, required masks, and limited numbers of visitors in effect.
McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
- Blueberry season is expected to start in July and run through 2nd week of August. (They plan to announce the date on June 30th.)
- Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 8:00am – 2:00pm (or picked out). Call to check availability for the day.
- McCann Farm asks for check or cash payment.
- COVID-19 precautions were still in the works at the time of publishing.
Fritts Berry Farm
10301 N. State Road 10
DeMotte, IN 46310
- Open Monday–Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 7:00am – 3:00pm, closed Sunday.
- Blueberry season is projected to begin mid July and will likely last through early August.
- Their website is updated regularly, with 2020 information coming soon.
6721 W. State Road 10
Demotte, IN 46310
- Open Monday–Saturday 7:00am – 5:00pm, closed Sunday.
- Blueberries should be available early July.
- Check their Facebook page for most up to date information.
6716 Colorado Street
Hobart, IN 46342
- Open Monday–Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.
- Call ahead to check U-Pick hours.
Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
- Blueberry season starts July 11, 2020.
- Farm hours are Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 7:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm, but U-Pick is not available all days.
Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 W.
Wanatah, IN 46390
- Season opens 4th of July weekend thru mid-August.
- Open daily 7:00am – 7:00pm.
2666 W. St. Road 10
Wheatfield, IN 46392
- U-Pick season begins July 1, 2020.
- Open Monday–Saturday 7:00am – 6:00pm.
- Check Facebook for most up to date information.
Grandma’s Berry Patch
9895 W. 1700 S.
Lacrosse, IN 46348
- U-Pick season begins July 4, 2020.
- Hours are Tuesday–Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday–Sunday from 7:00am – 7:00pm.
Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W. 1000 North
LaPorte, IN 46350
- 2020 date will be released soon. The season usually lasts July 4 through Labor Day; call for updates.
- Open six days a week 8:00am – 6:00pm, closed Tuesdays.
- Bring your own containers or purchase some from the farm store.
5911 W. 50 S
LaPorte, IN 46350
- Opening day is not set yet for blueberries in 2020.
- Open daily 7:30am – 6:00pm, Sundays 7:30am – 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.
The Blueberry Patch
7015 Blackwell Drive
Sawyer, MI 49125
- Expected to open mid-July. They are working on a new website for updates.
- A shady picnic spot and proximity to the Warren Dunes have made this a fun day trip in past years.
- Check their Facebook page for up to date information on when u-pick will be available.
9957 North Frontage Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
- Season starts June, 27, 2020 through late August.
- Open six days a week from 7:00am – 6:00pm, closed Tuesdays.
- All forms of payment are accepted; no pets.
Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn
650 Freyer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
- Open six days a week 8:00am – 6:00pm, closed Tuesday.
- Check their Facebook page for updates about opening day and COVID-19 safety.
Bonnell’s Blueberry Patch
4840 S. 600 West
North Judson, IN 46366
- There is no starting date for 2020 yet, but they estimate around July 4.
- Open daily 7:00am – 6:00pm.
- Cash or check accepted; bring your own boxes or containers.
- Check their Facebook page for more information on opening day.
Planning Your Trip
Questions to Ask
Always call before you go picking to verify hours. (We can’t stress this enough, especially with limits on capacity!) 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. When we have gone blueberry picking in the past, we have used 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.
I also recommend asking when the fields were sprayed. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to pick right after they sprayed that morning or even if they sprayed the day before and it hasn’t rained. It’s way more fun to pick if you can sample along the way!
Things to Bring
I would recommend wearing a hat while picking. 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, I would recommend a big 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.
Bring a stroller or wagon. The fields can be far away from the parking area and some orchards are removing the tractor rides this year to reduce patron’s exposure. Bring masks for check-in and check-out.
Dress lightly, bring sunscreen and bug spray. After it rains, sometimes the mosquitos linger. Wear gym shoes with socks, or even better yet, boots. You will get dirty, but that’s half the fun, right?
Water! Drink it often! You don’t realize all the bending over and sunshine catches up with you!
Bring a picnic lunch or at least a snack and a blanket to eat on. Bring wipes and hand sanitizer, too.
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.
Freeze your blueberries: It is better to freeze blueberries without washing them so they do not get icy. Just pour them into a ziplock 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! Please tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #mykidlist.