It’s blueberry picking time! Blueberries are so good for little hands and freeze really well to use all year. With the extremely cold, long winter the blueberry season is very short this year for most farms. It was hard to pin point when to tell you all to go! You know I always say to call first, but this year that advice is in full effect. It’s best if you find out how plentiful the berries are and if you talk to someone at the farm let them know that you are coming with kids. When the berries are plentiful they are easy to pick and much more fun than if there is searching involved!
The first section of the list are farms within 1 1/2 hours of Western Springs and the second section is under 2 hours.
Knutson’s Country Harvest
13550 Townhouse Road
Newark, IL 60541
(815) 695-5905 or (815) 557-4629
$4.00 per lb
6716 South Colorado Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Their Facebook page is not updated and they do not have a website, but I called and they appear to be in business.
Tammen Treeberry Farm
37131 Essex Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
U Pick beginning Thursday, July 17. They will be open 8 – 4:30 daily, closed on Sundays. The season usually lasts about 3 or 4 weeks. The price is $1.98 per pound for pick-your-own blueberries.
911 East State Street
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
No more blueberries this season.
There are quite a few farms between 1 1/2 and 2 hours away in case you don’t mind traveling a little further to pick your own blueberries.
13340 N. 700 West
DeMotte, IN 46310
(219) 987-2120 (main)
(219) 863-6082 (info about berries)
Picking started July 12. They might have to close this weekend and wait for more berries to ripen, so please call ahead. Daily hours are 7am-5pm and they are closed on Sundays. U-Pick blueberries are $1.90 per lb.
1 1/2 miles East of DeMotte, IN
On the South side of Highways 10 and 231
between DeMotte and Wheatfield city limits
They have a few more days worth of picking left, but will most likely be closing soon.
Fritts Blueberry Farm
10301 N State Road 10
De Motte, IN 46310
Picking started on July 14. $1.90 per lb.
11881 W. 1200 North
DeMotte, IN 46310
Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 7am-4pm, closed on Sundays
Billy Boys Blueberry Farm
650 Freyer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
Currently picking available. Open 6 Days a Week (8:30 am to 6 pm, closed Tuesday)
Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 W.
Wanatah, IN 46390
Their website has not been updated in two years, but the voice message says they are currently open for U-Pick 7am-7pm 7 days a week.
2666 W. St. Road 10
Wheatfield, IN 46392
Grandma’s Berry Patch
9895 W. 1700 S.
Lacrosse, IN 46348
(219) 733-9080 or (219) 671-1889
Open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am-7pm. They have a 10% off coupon on their website.
Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W. 1000 North
LaPorte, IN 46350
Listed picking conditions as excellent, open daily 8-6 (closed on Tuesdays )
9957 North Frontage Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
Currently open for picking and it looks like the supply is plentiful, Mon.-Tues.-Thurs.-Fri. 8am-6pm, Wednesday 8am- 7pm, Sat.-Sun. 7am-6pm
Bonnell’s Blueberry Patch
4840 S. 600 West
North Judson, IN 46366
Planning Your Trip:
- Always call before you go picking to verify hours. 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 do not supply containers, or charge you for them- so you can 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.
- 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. When bringing a baby I would set up a blanket with an umbrella in the middle of the row and make sure your little one is in the shade. Dress lightly and bring sunscreen. We have gone picking and didn’t need to wear bug spray, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring that along too.
- Water! Drink it often!
- Bring a picnic lunch or at least a snack and a blanket to eat on.
- 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!
- 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!