Wild Berry Picking At Heartland Lodge!

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Well it’s that time of year for picking wild blackberries and raspberries in Illinois! The Heartland Lodge properties are loaded with these tasty berries. The tradition of picking wild berries goes way back to Gary Harpole’s grandparents and great-grandparents. It was a family tradition to pick them fresh and make jams, jelly, cobbler and just enjoy them fresh, “two in the bucket and one in the mouth.” 🙂

Did you know these wild berries are a very healthy fruit high in fiber and vitamin C?  When picking them it is key to only pick the ripe one’s which are almost black in color whereas the unripe blackberries and raspberries will appear red and will not ripen once picked. If you are a serious berry picker and pick more than you can eat, you can freeze them in freezer bags for future enjoyment.

Heartland Lodge has many great spots to pick these outstanding tasteful berries! The best time to pick them is from the middle of June through August depending on weather conditions. Feel free to give us a call to see when they are ripe for the picking! Wild raspberries are ready to be picked right now! While the blackberries are still a few weeks out. We look forward to you joining us during the “pickin peak” time of the summer! Just keep an eye on your berry bucket! 😉raspberries

Last Updated: June 21st, 2018

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