Mom’s Guide to Summer Produce Picking

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Summer is all about enjoying fruits and vegetables as fresh as you can find them, and St. Louis has its share of orchards where you can stock up on the freshest this summer!

 

Before heading out to pick your own fruit, please call ahead and verify hours and that the fruit is ready to be picked! 

Eckert’s Country Store + Farms

951 S. Green Mt Rd, Belleville, IL 62220

Pick-your-own strawberries at Eckert’s! A tractor will bring you to and from the strawberry fields.

Peaches will be available from mid-June through mid-August.

You can purchase Field Access Passes online

Tuesdays – Sundays from 9 am – 5 pm 

u pick blackberries in plastic boxes from Braeutigam Orchards

Braeutigam Orchards

2795 Turkey Hill Lane, Belleville, IL 

In June, enjoy tart cherries, apricots, blueberries, lettuce, and other vegetables.

July brings peaches, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, and others

August – Peaches, blackberries, plums, grapes, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant, squash, watermelon, and more

Herman’s Farm

3663 MO-94, St. Charles, MO 63301

Summer U Pick:

July through August:

Tomatoes, peaches, blackberries, and more

Centennial Farms

199 Jackson Street, Augusta, MO 63332

Summer U Pick:

blackberries in July

Thies Farm + Market

14101 Creve Coeur Airport Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63146

U Pick strawberries are available at Thies Farm beginning April 30, 2024. 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Thies Farm + Greenhouses

4215 North Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63121

U Pick strawberries are available at Thies Farm beginning April 26, 2024. 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

Thierbach Orchards

15885 Orchard Lane, Marthasville, MO 63357

Thierbach Orchards is planting strawberries in a new system, and they have yet to ripen for 2024. Check their website’s ripening schedule for updates.

Keep an eye out in June for blueberries and cherries!

Donahue’s Sunshine Farm

3540 Fairmont Avenue, Collinsvile, IL 62234

Due to a supply shortage, Donahue’s Sunshine Farm will not open their patch for “Pick Your Own” strawberries this season. They will still take custom picked orders. 

 

Scharf Farm

8132 State Road 163, Milstadt, IL 62260

Strawberry picking will be available in mid-May! Check their Facebook page for the latest updates!

Summer also brings peaches, blackberries, tomatoes, okra, peppers, eggplant, green beans, lima beans, potatoes, onions, and more!

 

Mclaughlin Strawberry Farm and Vegetables

963 McLaughlin Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966

Strawberry Lovers rejoice! McLaughlin Strawberry Farm’s patch is in full swing! The rows are neatly mowed and ready for UPickers!

Monday – Saturday: 6 am – 6 pm

Theodora Farms

4835 N. Alby Road, Godfrey, IL 62035

Come visit their Farm Store to get set up with a bucket for U-Pick strawberries! Strawberry season starts May 11, and lasts about a month. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates!

Farm Store open for the season on May 7, 2024

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm

Sager Farms

5251 Kell Road, Kell, IL 62853

Strawberry picking season is almost here! Sager Farms expects their berries to be ready to pick in mid-May. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates!

They also sell homegrown cherries, peaches, blackberries, apples, cider, and more!

Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Schwartz Orchard

1942 Copple Road, Central, IL 62801

Strawberry fields should be ready by mid-May! Check Facebook page for the latest updates!

Strawberry Festivals

Eckert’s Strawberry Festival

Eckert’s Belleville: 951 South Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL

Every Saturday and Sunday in May

10 am – 5 pm

This is the weekend to share with family and friends. And what better place to share it than the family farm! Enjoy delicious festival food and loads of fun at this old-fashioned all-American festival located at the Belleville Farm. Kid’s activities include children’s playground, petting farm, carnival rides, wagon ride, and delicious treats. Fee charged for some activities. 

 

Kimmswick Strawberry Festival

Historic Downtown Kimmswick

June 1 – 2, 2024

10 am – 5 pm

The Strawberry Festival will be bursting with fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, and strawberry iced-tea. Enjoy your favorite festival foods, too, like kettle corn, shish kebobs, funnel cakes, onion blossoms, BBQ, hamburgers and hotdogs and roasted corn on the cob along with many others.

There will be craft booths, home and garden vendors, a children’s petting zoo, bounce houses and pony rides for kids. 

Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Strawberry Festival

First Baptist Church Arnold:2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold, MO 63010

June 8, 2024

9 am – 2 pm

This year’s event will kick off with the craft festival at 9 am with the quilt and craft auction to kick off at 10 am. Wonderful strawberry-inspired concessions will be available throughout the day! This event is all indoors with plenty of parking!

This event is put forth by the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

There will be craft booths, home and garden vendors, a children’s petting zoo, bounce houses and pony rides for kids. 

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