Farmers' Market & Pick-Your-Own Guide for Bloomington - Normal

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By Melissa Alcorn April 20, 2021

It's farmers' market and pick-your-own time in Bloomington - Normal!

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 in Bloomington - Normal.

Here are four things to note before heading out to farmers' markets or PYO farms in our community:

  • 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 in the Bloomington - Normal area 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 farmers markets and pick-your-own farms in Bloomington - Normal:

Farmers Markets in Bloomington, IL

Bloomington Farmers' Market

When: The Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12/Noon every Saturday

What: The Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items! Find Vendor maps on Facebook.

Where: McLean County Museum of History Square, Downtown Bloomington

More information: Click HERE to visit their website. 

Jackson's Produce

What: Jackson's Produce is a locally owned combination produce market/greenhouse. They carry great tasting produce! Their customers tell them they have the most beautiful hanging baskets in Bloomington-Normal. They have many varieties and several sizes in hanging baskets, and a full line of jams, jellies, salsa, and salad dressings. Stop in and check out the largest produce market/greenhouse in the state.

When: The 2021 season begins April 13. Visit them on Facebook for updates. Open 9-7 Monday-Saturday, and 9-5 Sunday.

Where: 2329 Springfield Road, Bloomington, IL 61701

More information: Click HERE to visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Summer Pick-Your-Own Farms 

Pick-your-own farms in and around Bloomington - Normal are fun for both kids and adults! PYO is a great family afternoon outing idea. Here are farms that offer PYO:

Braffet Berry Farm & Orchard

What: U-pick strawberry season tends to start around Memorial Day weekend, and continues for 3-4 weeks depending again on Mother Nature. Strawberries are sold by the pound. Buckets are provided for which you can pick in, but they ask that those stay at the farm. You can transfer to a cardboard flat which are provided for free or they have wax flats for $1. Or you may wish to bring your own container. Limited blueberries are available early July, along with rhubard. 

When: The strawberry season typically starts around Memorial Day depending on temperature and rainfall. Visit them on Facebook for updates.

Where: 9010 E 2250 North Rd, Carlock, IL 61725

More information: Click HERE to visit their website.

Fellowship Farms Aronia Berries

What: Fellowship Farms is home to 28 acres of the superfruit Aronia berries. Aronia berries support the immune system, fight cancer, and can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

When: Visit them on Facebook for updates.

Where: 9360 N. 1750 E. Rd. Bloomington, IL

More information: Click HERE to visit them on Facebook.

Fall Pick-Your-Own Farms in Central, IL


Do you have a favorite spot to take your family for pick-your-own in the Bloomington - Normal area or within driving distance that you don't see listed here? Let me know at and we'll add it to our list!