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2023 Farmer's Market & Pick-Your-Own Guide for Chicago

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By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside April 19, 2023

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It's almost farmers market and pick-your-own time in Chicago!

We love supporting our local farmers and buying locally-grown produce and goods. Plus, it's fun for the whole family to visit a pick-your-own (PYO) farm or a farmers market.

Here are four things to note before heading out to farmers markets or PYO farms in the Chicagoland area:

  • Pick-your-own farms can sometimes change hours on short notice dependent on weather, produce availability, and other factors. It's best to call ahead to make sure pick-your-own is available that day. Prices can also change from day to day.
  • Bring your own containers or bags to avoid any extra charges! 
  • Bring cash as some farmer market stands and pick-your-own farms don't take credit cards.
  • Some farmer markets and pick-your-own farms might have rules or requests in place due to COVID. Please check their websites or social media sites before heading out!

Here are the details on some of the top Chicago farmers markets and pick-your-own farms:

Farmers Markets in Chicago 

(north of the Chicago River)




Farmers markets in Chicago typically open for the season in May or June.  Here are Farmers Markets around the city:

Andersonville Farmers Market
When: Opens May 10. Wednesdays 3pm-7pm through October 18.
Where: Catalpa Ave. between Clark and Ashland
More information: https://andersonvillemarket.org/

Edgewater Farmers Market
When: Opens June 5. Mondays 3pm-7pm through September 25.
Where: 5917 N. Broadway
More information: https://www.edgewater.org/programs/farmers-market/

Gallagher Way French Market
When: TBD
Where: 3635 N. Clark St.
More information: https://www.gallagherway.com/events/market

Glenwood Sunday Market
When: TBD
Where: Glenwood & Morse next to the Morse CTA Redline
More information: https://www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org/

Green City Market Lincoln Park
When: April hours: Saturdays 7am-1pm through November; Wednesdays 7am-1pm through October. Rain or shine.
Where: 1817 N Clark St
More information: https://www.greencitymarket.org/markets/LincolnPark.asp

Green City Market West Loop
When: Saturdays 8am-1pm. May through November. Rain or shine.
Where: 115 S. Sangamon St
More information: https://www.greencitymarket.org/markets/WestLoop.asp

Horner Park Farmers Market
When: Opens June 3. Saturdays 9am-1pm through October 14.
Where: 2741 W. Montrose Ave
More information: https://hornerpark.org/farmers-market/

Lincoln Square Farmers Market
When: Tuesdays 7am-12pm May through November, Thursdays 3pm-7pm May through October (no market on June 1, July 4, or September 7.) Rain or shine.
Where: The Market is held in the municipal parking lot and Plaza at North Lincoln and West Leland Avenues. This is the lot adjacent to the Western Brown Line stop.
More information: http://www.lincolnsquare.org/farmers-market

Logan Square Farmers Market  
When: TBD
Where: 3107 W. Logan Blvd
More information: https://www.logansquarefarmersmarket.org/about

Low-Line Market at Southport
When: TBD
Where: Southport Brown line Auxiliary Exit
More information: https://www.lakeviewroscoevillage.org/community-events/low-line-market

Nettlehorst French Market
When: Opens April 15. Saturdays 8am-2pm through October 28 (no market September 9.)
Where: 3252 N. Broadway
More information: https://www.bensidounusa.com/nettelhorst/

Northcenter Farmers Market
When: Opens June 10. Saturdays 8am-1pm through October 28.
Where: 4100 N. Damen
More information: https://www.northcenterchamber.com/northcenter-farmers-market

Ravenswood Farmers Market
When: Opens June 14. Wednesdays 4pm-8pm through October 11.
Where: 4900 N Damen Avenue.
More information: https://ravenswoodchicago.org/signature-events/farmers-market/

Roscoe Village Farmers Market
When: Opens June 11. Sundays 8am-12pm through October 8.
Where: Jahn Elementary School, 3149 N. Wolcott
More information: https://www.lakeviewroscoevillage.org/rvfarmersmarket

SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) Farmers Market
When: Opens June 6. Tuesdays 7am-2pm.
Where: 244 East Pearson St
More information: https://soarchicago.org/soarfarmersmarket/

Uptown Farmers Market
When: Opens May 3. Wednesdays 2:30pm-7:00pm through November 1. Rain or Shine.
Where: Sunnyside Mall
More information: https://www.chicagomarket.coop/uptownfarmersmarket




Wicker Park Farmers Market  
When: TBD
Where: 2533 W. Homer St.
More information: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/farmersmarket/welcome-to-the-wicker-park-farmers-market/

Pick-Your-Own Farms in Chicagoland




Pick-your-own farms in the Chicagoland area are fun for both kids and adults! PYO is a great family afternoon outing and many farms include extra activities like train rides, tractor rides, inflatables, etc.  Here are some farms that offer PYO worth the trip:

Billy Boy's Blueberry Farm
What: Seven varieties of blueberries
When: Summer
Where: 650 Freyer Road Michigan City, IN (minutes away from New Buffalo, MI, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall and the Indiana Dunes)
More information: http://www.billyboysblueberrybarn.com/

The Blueberry Ranch
What: Organic blueberries
When: Our U-Pick season typically begins in July and goes through mid-August
Where: 54743 Buckeye Road, Mishawaka, IN
More information: http://www.blueberryranch.com/upick-blueberries

Johnson's Farm Produce
What: Strawberries in June, Blueberries in late June through July, Raspberries in August
When: On average, we begin picking blueberries around mid-July and pick for 3 or 4 weeks.  
Where: 37131 Essex Road, Wilmington, IL
More information: https://johnsonsfarmproduce.com/

Kings Hill Farm
What: Farm Share - A Farm Share is the perfect way for your family to receive high-quality, nutritious food every week from a local, organic farm. Every week, you’ll be able to choose seasonally-available vegetables that are harvested at peak freshness and packaged specifically with your family in mind.
When: Before the start of the season, you’ll purchase a membership in the Farm Share program.  From June 8 to October 26, you’ll log into our customization tool where you select the vegetables you want to feed your family in the upcoming week.  They will harvest and pack the vegetables the day before they are delivered to you.  
Where: In Chicago-land, home delivery is offered to residents of Lake View and Wicker Park/Logan Square on Thursdays. Additional pick up locations are throughout the city, including Edgewater.
More information: https://kingshillfarm.com/farm-shares

Stades Farm and Market
What: Strawberries begin mid-June.  Also available over the summer:  Raspberries, Tomatoes, Peppers, Green Beans, Snap Peas, and Sunflowers
Where: 3709 Miller Road McHenry, Illinois
More information: https://stadesfarmandmarket.com/pick-your-own/

Stateline Blueberries
What: Blueberries
When: late June/early July
Where: 9957 N. Frontage Rd. Michigan City, IN
More information: https://www.statelineblueberries.com/

Tammen Treeberry Farm
What: Blueberries
When: On average, we begin picking blueberries around mid-July and pick for 3 or 4 weeks.  
Where: 37131 Essex Road, Wilmington, IL
More information: http://www.tammentreeberryfarm.net/btammen/?page_id=24

Thompson Strawberry Farm
What: Strawberries Mid June- early July, Sunflowers July- early October
Where: 14000 75th Street Bristol, WI
More information: https://www.thompsonstrawberryfarm.com/

Willowthorne
What: Blueberries/honey
When: Open to the general public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9am-4pm through July.
Where: 2701 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL (only 35 minutes from downtown Chicago)
More information: http://www.willowthorne.com/home.html


Do you have a favorite spot to take your family for pick-your-own in the Chicagoland area that you don't see listed here? Let us know at debraf@macaronikid.com and we'll add it to our list!