One of the best ways to encourage your entire family to eat cleaner and pay more attention to their food is to actually grow it yourself. But since square footage is a hot commodity in the Chicagoland area there is another option: visit a local farm and pick your own fruits and veggies. After trying out a few different places, our family has deemed Stade’s Farm and Market in McHenry the best place for u pick produce.
What makes Stade’s so great? It isn’t just their friendly employees and fair prices. Instead, it is their well maintained property and delicious crops that they care for so deeply. All of the patches at the farm are well organized and planted with enough room for people to pick from…and when the crop is out, you only have to wait a little bit since they have perfected timing to make sure they always have something in bloom and ready to be devoured.
After you pick fruits and veggies (our favorites are the strawberries and snap peas), you can head over to the Farmtractions theme park. Within this area they have over 30 interactive activities, including a petting farm and other attractions to celebrate agriculture. Be mindful of when this area is open, however, as hours vary during different fruit and veggie seasons (daily during strawberry season, weekends after the strawberry season has expired).
Be prepared to spend the day at Stade’s Farm and Market by either packing your own lunch and having a picnic, or ordering lunch from a local food truck. We enjoyed homemade smoothies, sandwiches, and hot dogs during our trip and were delighted to have to do no prep work other than enjoy the beautiful day.
Stade’s grows the following produce:
Sugar Snap Peas
Enjoy the fresh air and the family memories, as well as healthy eating at Stade’s Farm and Market.