McHenry County's strawberry season peaks in early to mid-June, lasting only a few weeks due to high demand. With numerous pick-your-own farms available, we want to provide helpful tips for maximizing your visit. Follow these guidelines for a successful strawberry picking experience in McHenry County:

  1. Be cautious while walking in the strawberry fields to avoid damaging plants and fruits at the row edges.
  2. Select only fully red berries for picking.
  3. Grasp the stem just above the berry using your forefinger and thumbnail, and gently pull with a twisting motion.
  4. Handle the berries with care as they are prone to bruising.
  5. Opt for early morning or cool, cloudy days for picking, as excessive heat can cause the berries to become soft.

Now, let's head out and start picking! Remember to share your strawberry picking adventures on social media using #naturallymchenrycounty for a chance to be featured on our channels.

Stade's Farm & Market

  • 3709 Miller Rd.
  • (815) 675-6396

Blueberries Blueberries are ready mid-July. They are always available on a first-come, first served basis and there are days that no blueberries are available…

Tom's Farm Market

  • 10214 Algonquin Rd
  • (847) 669-3421

Tom’s Farm Market has acres and acres of fresh strawberries available for the picking! Not only can you pick your own strawberries, but you can also visit…

  • 19502 River Road
  • (815) 568-7976

Each year during the month of June Cody's Farm & Orchard welcomes families from the greater Chicagoland area to come visit our farm and pick strawberries. Call, Check our Facebook, or Email for Picking Dates, as dates vary each year due to the weather.

  • 1106 N. Queen Anne Rd.
  • (815) 338-0301

Heider's Berry Farm has farmed for five generations, starting as a typical Midwestern farm with dairy, hogs, sheep, chickens, corn, oats and hay. From 1972 to 1986, they operated the largest berry farm in Illinois. After 25 years of landscaping, they're back as Heider's Berry…