River Front Berry Farm originated in 1994 after Bob and Coleen Blain retired as educators in suburban Chicago and returned to the farm in down state Illinois where Bob grew up. The farm was originally purchased by Bob's grandfather, Gilbert Demierre in 1906. Coleen and Bob are the third generation of the family to operate the farm. The farm is located in northeast Iroquois County and boarders the Iroquois River.
Sadly, Coleen died in January, 2011. She is so greatly missed.
Fruits grown on the farm include: strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, apples, cherries, and peaches. Vegetable crops grown include: asparagus, garlic, sweet corn, tomatoes, garlic, potatoes,hot and sweet peppers, tomatillos and egg plant as well as about 30 other vegetables.
Freshness and high quality produce are paramount at Riverfront Berry Farm. Produce is picked fresh daily throughout the growing season. Items which benefit from cooling such as strawberries and raspberries are in coolers within 20 minutes of harvest. These items are sold directly from the coolers whenever possible. The goal is that a given product be picked and sold that same day to insure the freshness and quality our customers deserve.
River Front Berry Farm is open from May 1 through November 15. The hours are 8:00 A.M.--7:00 P.M. daily during the season.
A calendar indicating tentative times when various fruits and vegetables ripen and become available as well as recipes which apply to the items currently being harvested are available at the River Front Berry Farm web site.
Both red and black raspberries are the feature crops at River Front berry Farm. Through extensive research we are able to begin picking red raspberries in late June and have a steady supply of raspberries until the first hard frost in the fall
Kankakee Farmers' Market located at Schyler Ave. and Merchant St. in downtown Kankakee, Illinois. This markert is open on Saturdays from the second Saturday in April through the last Saturday in October. Hours in April are 8:00 -- 12:00. All other months are from 7:00--12:00.
The market on the farm is open daily May -- October from 8:00 -- 7:00. This is a small market located on our farm, 2799 N 1700 east Rd., Martinton, Illinois 60951
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