Hermans Farm Orchard, St. Charles
Tomatoes and apples are available for picking at Hermans Farm Orchard. In the fall, Hermans Farm Orchard also allows visitors to cut their own pumpkins and has a play area for children. The farm is typically open in the summer 9 a.m.-7 p.m., but check the website or Facebook page for ripening and picking schedules. Hermans Farm Orchard is at 3663 N. Hwy 94, St. Charles, MO. Call 636-925-9969.
Braeutigam Orchards, Belleville, IL
For a big variety of you-pick fruits and vegetables, head to Braeutigam Orchards. The picking season often begins in early June with tart cherries. Depending on crop yields, you can also pick blueberries, plums, apples, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and more. The farm is open weekdays in the summer from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The farm has a children's playground (donations are appreciated). Visit the website for the ripening schedule. Braeutigam Orchards is at 2795 Turkey Hill Lane, Belleville, IL. Call 618-233-4059.
Thierbach Orchards, Marthasville
Pick-your-own starts in late May or early June with strawberries and continues with blueberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches and more than 10 varieties of apples. The farm also has activities for kids, including a honeysuckle maze. Be sure to visit the orchard's website for ripening schedules. Thierbach Orchards' berry patch and peach and cherry orchard is at 85 Town Branch Road, Marthasville, MO. The apple orchard and market is at 18427 State Hwy. 47, Marthasville, MO. Call 636-433-2299.
Babb Blueberry Farm, Beaufort
About halfway between St. Louis and Jefferson City, you'll find Babb Blueberry Farm, which offers pick-your-own blueberries. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and take advantage of the farm's pavilion and playground when they visit. Blueberry picking typically begins mid-June; the latest farm information is available on the Babb Blueberry Farm's Facebook page. Find Babb Blueberry Farm at 2751 Highway 50, Beaufort, MO.
Centennial Farms, Augusta
Known for its pick-your-own apples, Centennial Farms also offers pick-your-own blackberries when they ripen through late-July. You can't pick them yourself, but be sure to pick up some farm-fresh peaches during your visit. Centennial Farms is at 199 Jackson St., Augusta, MO. Call 636-228-4338.
Lakeview Farms, St. Peters
If it's raspberries you're after, you'll find rows and rows of the sweet berries at Lakeview Farms. The farm tends about a half dozen different varieties of raspberries, so even if temperatures are particularly hot or cold, chances are Lakeview Farms will have picking options throughout the season. The farm also has pick-your-own strawberries, and kids can participate in treasure hunts and gold prospecting. Find Lakeview Farms at 8265 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO. Call 636-978-8830.
Eckert's in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, IL
With three Illinois locations packed with entertainment, events and produce, Eckert's is as much an attraction as it is a farm. The majority of the pick-your-own activity happens at the Belleville farm, which is open year-round, and offers strawberries in May and/or June, followed by blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. The Grafton farm opens in the summer with blackberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. The Millstadt Fun Farm has apples and pumpkins but only opens in the fall. For the ripening schedule and the latest information on all the farms, visit the Eckert's website or call 800-745-0513. Eckert's Belleville Farm is at 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL.
Thies Farm and Greenhouse, St. Louis
The North Hanley location of Thies Farm and Greenhouse offers pick-your-own strawberries, peaches and blackberries. Availability is weather dependent; typically strawberries are ready around Mother's Day, peaches and blackberries open later in the summer (late June/early July). Check the website for up-to-date information. Thies Farm and Greenhouse is located at 4215 North Hanley Rd., St. Louis, MO.
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