Pick Your Own Berries: It’s a Family Adventure
Are you looking for a little adventure this spring and summer? Or maybe just craving the fresh, delicious taste of fruit picked right off the bush? Most of us don't grow our own food anymore, but thanks to the rise in agri-tourism, there are plenty of places around the Carolinas that offer fresh produce right on the farm, and many of them allow you to bring the family and pick your own.
The benefits of taking your kids out for a day at the farm are endless. Not only will they get off the couch and get out in the sun for a while, they'll also learn a little bit about where our food comes from, you'll be supporting local growers, the produce you get is guaranteed fresh and often organic, and with food prices soaring, who can discount the benefit of a $6 gallon of blueberries where you've eliminated the middleman?
We've compiled a list of places to pick your own produce, as well as farmer's markets and produce stands where they've done the picking for you. Just keep in mind a few things before you pile in the car:
* Call ahead to make sure there's produce that day and the stand is open.
* Plan to visit early in the morning. Not only will you have the best pickings then, you don't want to be working hard in the hot mid-day sun.
* Wear appropriate clothing and a hat if you choose. And of course, sunscreen!
5421 Groometown Road, Greensboro
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville
DJ's Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Road, Apex
Hwy 54 West, five miles from Carrboro Plaza, White Cross, NC
Hall Family Farm
10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte
Ingram's Strawberry Farm
Produce stand and ice cream parlor open Monday, Wednesday and Friday
6121 Riverdale Drive, HP
Miller's Strawberry Farm
2381 Lacey Holt Road, Graham
4021 Hicone Road, GSO
Apple Family Farm
1765 Hwy 66 South, Kernersville
Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm
8411 NC Hwy 86 North, Cedar Grove (Orange County)
Herndon Hills Farm
7110 Massey Chapel Rd./Barbee Rd., Durham
4875 Ebert Road, Winston-Salem
SanDan Blueberry Farm
4934 Harvest Road, McLeansville
Sprinkle's Blueberry Farm
2291 Trinidad Lane, Winston-Salem
2154 Noah Hayes Road, State Road (Surry County)
Have it Picked For You!
Check out the farms and farmer's markets below for a variety of fresh summer produce, from cantaloupes and watermelon to tomatoes and corn.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market