We’re lucky to have several great berry picking farms in the Rockford area offering a bunch of different fruit options. Throughout the spring, summer and early fall different items become ready to pick. 

Berry season tends to be short with each berry only hanging around for a few weeks. If you want to go berry picking, you need to move fast! Here’s a growing schedule for berries in the greater Rockford area.

Berry Growing Schedule in the Rockford Area

Early summer (usually around 2-4 week of June or early July): Strawberries

Mid-late summer (usually around the second week of July onward): Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches

Late summer (usually around late July through end of August): Tomatoes, corn, vegetables

U-Pick Farms in the Rockford Area

Here are the U-Pick farms where you can pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more in the Rockford area or a short drive away.

Many farms have not released their picking schedules yet. We will update this article when we get more information.

Skelly’s Farm Market
2713 S. Hayner Rd., Janesville, WI

At Skelly’s Farm Market, you can pick strawberries and buy delicious strawberry pies, jam and donuts.

Picking season starts Monday, June 7, 2021 and runs until they are out of strawberries (usually 2 weeks). Check their Facebook page before you go. They can sell out of pick your own quickly in the morning.

Read more about Skelly’s here.

Hours: 7 am – 5 pm

Valley Orchard
811 E. State St. Cherry Valley, IL

At Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley, you can pick cherries and raspberries in the summer and fall, blueberries, currants and blackberries.

Call 815-332-9696 for the availability of items. Cherries should be ready by late June and the other berries should be ready by early July.

**Picking season has not started yet! We will update when it does.**

Hours: TBA

Granny’s Berries
3405 S. White Rock Rd., Rochelle, IL

Granny’s Berries in Rochelle, you can pick raspberries and blueberries in the summer and fall.

Check their Facebook page for the availability of items. 

**Picking season will likely start in late June for blueberries. We will update when it starts.*

Hours:  TBA

Susie’s Garden Patch
10258 US Highway 20, Garden Prairie, IL

Susie’s Garden Patch in Garden Prairie, you can pick strawberries and tomatoes. Call 815-597-3011 for conditions on the patch. The strawberry patch is only 1/4 acre and is not maintained well.

Check Facebook for the availability of items. 

Picking season starts Friday, June 11, 2021.

Price is $1.95 per lb.

Hours:  Closed Sunday and Wednesday
9 am – 12 pm Monday and Tuesday
9 am – 4:30 pm Thursday through Saturday

Curran’s Orchard
6385 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL

At Curran’s Orchard in Rockford, you can pick cherries (June – July) and raspberries in the late summer and early fall.

**Picking season has not started yet! We will update when it does.**

Hours: Fridays from 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm until July 31st

Edwards Apple Orchard
7061 Centerville Rd. Poplar Grove, IL

At Edward’s Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, you can pick raspberries beginning in September until it frosts.

**Picking season has not started yet! We will update when it does.**

Hours: To be announced

U-Pick Farms 1-2 Hours from Rockford

Here are some other U-Pick farms about 1-2 hours from Rockford, Illinois. Head to their website to get information on their picking schedules.

Cody’s Farm in Marengo, IL

Stade’s Farm in McHenry, IL

Tom’s in Huntley, IL

If we missed your favorite berry picking spot, let us know by emailing hello@statelinekids.com!

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