Make summer a little sweeter by picking your way through Chicago’s best spots for homegrown berries and other fruits and veggies. The U-Pick berry season kicks off with strawberries in June and continues through early August, with veggies cropping up now through fall. Be sure to research your farm’s produce availability through their Facebook page and website before dusting off the wagons. Click through our flipbook for U-Picks you can’t miss!
Olive Berry Acres
The growing season begins in May with traditional green and exotic purple asparagus at this seven-acre farm 70 miles southwest of Chicago. Fresh, sweet strawberries launch the U-Pick season in June, with red and black raspberries closing it down in October. There is no entrance fee for picking and supplies are provided.
In the neighborhood: Grab a pastry to compliment your berries at Morris Bakery, browse the quaint shops in downtown Morris or hit up 3 French Hens Market held the second Saturday, May through October at Grundy County Fair Grounds. If you find yourself in the area for lunch, Letty Mae's Tea Room offers a made-from scratch menu with decor reminiscent of an English Tearoom. Enjoy your meal on vintage mismatched china surrounded by kitschy decor or have it wrapped up for a picnic on the farm.
2575 W. Mine Rd., Mazon, IL (815-474-6511). Open Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Online: oliveberryacres.com
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— Maria Chambers