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Regularly updated field reports, picking schedules, and market schedules are posted below throughout the harvest season.

Farmers' Markets Schedule
Saturday June 24 Princeton
445 South Main Street
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(Or until berries sell out)

Blueberry Field Report - updated 23 June 2017, 5:55 PM

Berry Quality: Excellent Picking Ease: Good Stage: Ramping Up Current Road Condition: A little mud

This year the blueberries have good size and are tasty, but the bunches are small. We don't expect any really fast picking, but Thursday's pickers felt picking was good. Blueberries are $3.00 / pound. We could be picked out mid-morning on Saturday; come early.

To prepare for your U-Pick experience, please read about picking blueberries.

Enter at the Blueberry Hill sign, 1/10 mile east of our white Market Barn on Bottom Road. Don't rely on your GPS unit; it steers many people to the wrong place. Please see our location page.

Blueberry U-Pick Scheduleupdated 22 June 2017

Schedules are subject to change. Please check shortly before coming.
Sometimes we need to cancel the u-pick at short notice due to berry supply, weather or road conditions.
Wednesday June 21 closed
Thursday June 22 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday June 23 closed
Saturday June 24 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday June 25 Closed Sundays
Monday June 26 TBD*
Tuesday July 27 TBD*
* To Be Determined

Strawberry Field Report - updated 23 June 2017, 5:55 PM

Quality: Mostly very good Picking: Slow Stage: Almost Done

There are still plenty of sweet tasty berries. Many are smaller and some should have been picked a few days ago, but there are a decent number of good sized berries left. Thursday evening I picked 2 quarts in 12 minutes.

Strawberry U-Pick Scheduleupdated 23 June 2017

Schedules are subject to change. Please check shortly before coming.
Friday June 23 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. **
Saturday June 24 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Sunday June 25 Closed Sundays
Monday June 26 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Tuesday June 27 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Wednesday June 28 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Thursday June 29 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
** Self-Serve (picking supplies and instructions at field)
Please bring check or exact change

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Saturday, at Princeton Farmers’ Market, we will have strawberries (maybe the last of the season), blueberries, black raspberries, and garlic scapes. The market opens at 8:30. We will also have plenty of blueberries at the Peoria Riverfront Market with Plow Creek Bakery (opens 8:00).

We will open for blueberry picking on Thursday, June 22, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Berries are a good size this year and taste great, but the bunches are mostly small, so we don’t expect fast picking this season. Strawberries and black raspberries can also be picked.

We have a new row of black raspberries that’s now ready to pick. $3.00 / pint, self-serve. It’s the first row on the left, about 300 feet from the Market Barn. Come pick both strawberries and black raspberries all day, any raspberries on the bush

We need to spend time getting the blueberry patch ready for picking, so we will be opening the strawberry patch to self-serve u-pick, 7 to 7, Monday through Saturday. (subject to change - news.htm for the latest schedule). There are still plenty of good berries, but some have soft spots.

We will be at Princeton Farmers’ Market on Saturday with strawberries, blueberries(!), rhubarb, and garlic scapes. Market opens at 8:30. We will also have some blueberries with Plow Creek Bakery at Peoria Riverfront Market (opens at 8:00).

We plan to be open for picking strawberries all day tomorrow, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be self-serve, with directions. Most years we’ve done self-serve when there are fewer berries; we just don’t have the people to staff it tomorrow. Saturday will be full service again from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Almost ripe strawberry on May 25, 2017Some strawberries are almost ripe. As usual, picking will start slowly. We estimate that picking will start next week, sometime between Wednesday and Saturday. Check back!

strawberry field looking goodgreen strawberry The strawberry patch is looking good. It is full of green strawberries, some as big as a thumbnail. I can even think I see a little pink in a few of them. The first week of June still seems the most likely time when we first open u-pick.

beautiful blooming blueberry blossom The blueberries have been blooming about a week. We expect them to be ripe in late June.

Strawberry flower April  21, 2017Strawberry flowering April 21, 2017 I saw the first strawberry flowers in the field today. We get a ripe strawberry in about 4 weeks, but it will be a bit longer before there are many. I’d expect u-pick to open the first week of June, or maybe a little earlier.

We still have some beautiful produce at our Market Barn. There are vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet and hot pepper varieties, green onions, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, broccoli, butternut squash, cilantro, turnips, and radishes. We have limited quantities on display, but please send a message if you are interested in larger amounts for a bulk price. The Market Barn is self serve, so please plan on paying with exact change or a check.

Saturday Farmers’ markets are over, but we still have plenty of tasty produce available at our Market Barn on Bottom Road, 1/2 mile east of Tiskilwa. There are vine ripened tomatoes, red raspberries, radishes, turnips, bok choy, peppers, sweet potatoes, chestnuts and more! It’s self-serve so please come prepared to have exact change, or pay by check.

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2017 Prices

(subject to change)
Crop U-Pick Orders* Market** Comment
Strawberries $2.50/ pound Not available $6.25 / quart
$34.00 / flat (6 qt)
U-Pick 10% discount on > 50 pounds
Blueberries $3.00 / pound Not Available $6.25 / pint
Blackberries $2.50 / pint Not Available $5.50 / pint The thorny variety should be abundant this year
Red Raspberries $3.00 /pint
10 or more pints $2.50 / pint
Not available $6.00 / pint
Black Raspberries $3.00 / pint Not available $6.00 / pint
* We expect we won't be able to take orders in 2017
**We don't know how often we will make it to market in 2017
Prices of additional crops are sometimes listed on the Crop Calendar page.

Call 815-646-4862 or check this page for current schedule and field conditions before coming to pick here. Weather and farm conditions are unpredictable and we'd like to spare you a trip if we will not be open.