Where to pick your own strawberries and blueberries

Take a short drive and spend the day on farms where you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries and other fruit

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Stade's Farm & Market
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Valley Orchard

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Olive Berry Acres
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Garden Patch Farms
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You Pick Berries

Old MacDonald had one, but have your kids ever spent the day on a farm? These farms, less about the animals and more about the produce, give you and your little explorers a chance to pick your own strawberries and blueberries and learn about where their food comes from. Many of them also have other fun, kid-friendly attractions like petting zoos, rides and bakeries. Make a day of it and bring those berries home to make into jelly, strawberry shortcake or whatever your little ones dream up. Hurry though: The season is short and once the berries are gone that's it for the year.

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Stade's Farm and Market

This farm mecca has plenty to do beyond your average farm. In addition to berry picking, it has a full market, farm tours, sunset hayrides, and a petting zoo at certain times of the year.

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North Suburbs

Valley Orchard

In the fall it's all about apples, but come summer there are raspberries (red and black), strawberries, cherries, blueberries and currants. This spot is close to other fun summer attractions like the Magic Waters Waterpark and the Cherryvale mall. Enjoy a day out with nature and make sure to stop in the bakery on your way out for some baked goods made with farm-fresh ingredients.

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Northwest Suburbs

Olive Berry Acres

This farm, about 90 minutes from Chicago, started with raspberries but has since expanded to also strawberries and asparagus. Free to roam rows of berries galore, your little ones will love picking in the fields.

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Southwest Suburbs

Garden Patch Farms

This Homer Glen farm is your one-stop shop for everything that grows, from butternut squash to apples to peaches. The expansive farm is open spring through fall but the Summer U-Pick is a real highlight. Check the website before you head out to see if it's time for cherries, strawberries, blackberries or even gooseberries. Participate in fun events like yoga in the orchard, a butterfly festival or even just petting the hens who lay eggs every morning.

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Southwest Suburbs

You Pick Berries

You won't find games or extra features here, it's just about spending the day in nature picking berries. The farm opens when raspberries are ripe, and it also grows blackberries and blueberries when the previous winter has been kind.

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Northwest Suburbs

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