If youre going to a pick-your-own farm to get fresh fruits and vegetables, remember these:
• Always call first. Weather and crop availability change quickly. Make sure the crop wont be picked out before you get there.
• Ask if take-home containers are provided. Otherwise, have some way to transport your bounty. If you have a long drive or you plan to stop somewhere, take a cooler.
• Some small crops, particularly berries and grapes, may be in the yards of private homes rather than large farms. Be respectful of operating days and hours.
• Try to pick in the morning or evening, when its cooler. Always take water, a hat and clothes you dont mind getting muddy. Kathleen Purvis
25 Reidland Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681. 828-381-9271, or 828-632-6497 in the off-season.
Produce: Apples, Asian pears, peaches and nectarines.
Usually opens in August and closes in late September. More than 20 varieties of apples. Price not set. Open seven days a week.
The Farmers Daughter
2122 Friendship Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681. 828-312-8137 or www.thefarmersdaughternc.com.
Produce: Strawberries and seasonal vegetables.
Strawberry patch opens May 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Roadside stand also available. Prices not set.
Berrynice Blueberry Farm
228 Miller Road, Fairview, N.C. 28730. 828-628-1309 or 828-273-5959.
Produce: Blueberries and nursery plants.
Picking mid- to late June to late July. Open Saturdays.
Dogwood Hills Farm
369 Ox Creek Rd., Weaverville, N.C. 28787. 828-645-6286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produce: Blackberries, apples, blueberries and Concord grapes.
Blueberries in mid-June. Thornless blackberries about Aug. 1. Concord grapes in mid-August. Old and new varieties of apples may be available about July 1 through October. Wednesdays and Saturdays for all crops. Call for hours.
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
2075 Pleasant Hill Ave., Morganton, N.C. 28655. 828-437-1224 or www.applehillorchard.com.
Produce: Apples, peaches and nectarines.
Picking peaches mid-July; call 828-433-1406 for crop information. Picking apples late August until early November, Monday-Saturday. Prices not set. Wagon rides on Saturdays from early September through October; farm stand, bakery and country store late August until Dec. 24. Educational orchard tours available.
3430 Rimer Road, Concord, N.C. 28025. 704-721-0670.
Thornless blackberries, picking about late June through July. $2.75 a quart, $10 a gallon. $4 a quart ready-picked; call ahead for orders over 4 quarts. Containers provided. No restroom or water available. Open Monday-Saturday.
Ira Cline Farm
4444 Lee Cline Road, Conover, N.C. 28613. 828-464-5942.
Produce: Blueberries and gourds.
Blueberries late June through August. Price not set. Containers provided. Ready-picked available. Also strawberry jams, jellies and ciders. Open Monday-Saturday.
Shady Oaks Farm
3487 Yount Rd., Newton, N.C., 28658. 828-464-5722.
Produce: blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, sour pie cherries and plums.
Cherries ready in mid- to late May. Call for further picking dates. Hours vary.
Cotton Hills Farm
2575 Lowrys Hwy., Chester, S.C. 29706. 803-581-4545, www.cottonhillsfarm.com.
Produce: Strawberries, peaches and pumpkins.
Strawberries available in late April. Peaches starting mid-June through September. Pumpkins late September-October. Farm stand all summer; hayrides in October. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call ahead for you-pick.
1017 Seegars Road, Fort Lawn, S.C. 29714. 803-789-3452.
Strawberries available now until June. Open Monday-Saturday.
2784 Clineland Road, Cherryville, N.C. 28021. 704-466-7892.
Produce: Strawberries, hanging baskets and potted plants.
Picking begins late April. $1.50 a pound you-pick; $8.75 a gallon ready-picked. Containers provided. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
318 Peachtree Road, Shelby, N.C. 28150. 704-434-7190. www.lattimorefarms.com.
Picking early May until early June. Prices not set. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday.
Linebergers Maple Springs Farm
906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy., Dallas, N.C. 28034. 704-922-8688 or 704-748-1488.
Produce: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, greens and muscadines.
Strawberries beginning late April or early May. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches in June and July. Pumpkins, gourds, greens, muscadines and hayrides in September and October. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
J.H. Stepp Farms Hillcrest Orchard
221 Stepp Orchard Drive, Hendersonville, N.C. 28792. 828-685-9083.
Produce: Apples, grapes and pumpkins.
Apples available mid-August to October. Grapes late August to early September. Pumpkins late September to October. Saturday wagon rides, farm tours, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, fresh apple cider and gift shop. Open Monday-Saturday from mid- to late August, and Sunday beginning in September.
187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville, N.C., 28792. 828-243-2420 or 828-243-7235. www.justusorchard.com.
Produce: Blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, Asian pears and pumpkins.
Blackberries by July 4; apples in mid-August and pumpkins in October. Email email@example.com.
1193 Pinnacle Mountain Road, Zirconia, N.C. 28790. 828-692-7930. www.skytoporchard.com.
Produce: Apples, Asian pears, sour cherries, grapes and pumpkins.
Up to 20 varieties of apples; expected to start picking early August to November. Pears, peaches and grapes in August.. Also cider, cider doughnuts, honey, farm stand, petting zoo and hayrides. Farm stand open daily from late August to December.
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville, N.C. 28115. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com.
Produce: Strawberries, asparagus, apples, pumpkins and seasonal vegetables.
Strawberries in early May. Open daily; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Asparagus available mid-April through mid-May. Heirloom leaf lettuce, Napa cabbage and bok choy through May. Sugar snap peas May 15-30. Apples in September and pumpkins in October.
218 Burke Farm Loop, Union Grove, N.C., 28689. 704-592-2450 or 704-929-3204.
Usually available in September and October.
250 Crater Rd., Harmony, N.C. 28634. 704-539-4994.
Produce: Strawberries, corn, gourds and pumpkins.
Strawberries in early May through mid-June; sweet corn in late June or early July; pumpkins and gourds in mid-September to October. Bring your own take-home containers. Open Monday-Saturday.
Helms Christmas Tree Farm
6345 Christmas Tree Lane, Vale, N.C. 28168. 704-276-1835.
Produce: Blueberries and choose-and-cut Christmas trees.
Blueberries available mid-June through mid-August.
Linebergers Berry Hill Farm
2400 Hudson Poultry Road, Iron Station, N.C. 28080. 704-748-1488.
Strawberries in early May. Jams, salsas, and strawberry and blackberry cider available. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
McCurrys Blueberry Farm
735 Wise Rd., Lincolnton, N.C., 28092. 704-735-0338.
Picking late June through late August.
Hall Family Farm
10713 Providence Road W., Charlotte, N.C. 28277. 704-540-0367 or 704-562-4021. www.hallfamilyfarm.com.
Produce: Strawberries and pumpkins.
Picking mid-April to early June. Pumpkins available late September to October. Farm stand with vegetables through the summer and pumpkins in the fall. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during seasons.
Old Store Produce
15909 Brown Mill Rd., Huntersville, N.C. 28078. 704-992-6106.
Produce: Blackberries, blueberries and other vegetables.
Berries ready in early June through September. Open daily.
The Bradford Store
15915 Davidson Concord Rd., Huntersville, N.C., 28078. 704-439-4303.
Picking in late April or early May. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
2275 River Rd., Richfield, N.C., 28137. 704-661-0232.
Picking early June through early August on Tuesday and Saturday.
7933 Karriker Road, Kannapolis, N.C. 28081. 704-938-9863.
Produce: Flowers, corn and other vegetables.
Iris, peony and daylily plants now through July (flowers not you-pick). Corn and green beans in June and July, peas July through September, turnips and mixed greens September through November. Open Monday-Saturday.
Patterson Farm Inc.
10390 Caldwell Rd., Mount Ulla, N.C. 28125. 704-857-5242. www.pattersonfarminc.com
Produce: Strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, poinsettias and other seasonal plants, produce.
Strawberries available late April-early June. Ready-pick tomatoes starting in late June. Pumpkins mid-September through October. Poinsettias Thanksgiving through Christmas. Seasonal plants and vegetables pre-picked. 35 acres of strawberries on raised plastic beds. Strawberry hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Ready-picked strawberry stand locations in Salisbury, Kannapolis and Concord; call for directions. Farm tours by appointment in April, May, mid-June through mid-November.
28212 Hatley Farm Rd., Albemarle, N.C. 28001. 704-986-0192.
Picking July through August. Call for availability and varieties.
Cody Strawberry Farm
44052 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield, N.C. 28137. 704-791-0342.
Picking now through June. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
Joe Lorch Scuppernong Vineyard
43733 Rummage Road, Albemarle, N.C. 28001. 704-983-5724.
Produce: Scuppernongs and muscadines.
Picking early September for about six weeks. $7 a gallon. Open Monday-Saturday.
Violette Farms Inc.
6220 Settlers Trail, Stanfield, N.C. 28163. 704-888-3502.
Picking early June to late July. Two varieties, thorny and thornless. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The Hunter Farm
13624 Providence Rd., Weddington, N.C. 28104. 704-846-7975 or 704-846-3277.
Strawberries available late April through June. Open daily.
M & M Farms
7208 Alexander Farm Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-574-9200 or 704-753-4092.
Picking late April through early June. Call for hours.
Morning Glory Farms
6205 Kate Rd., Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-363-2878 or 704-753-4614.
Produce: Blueberries, blackberries, asparagus.
Asparagus available now until mid-May. Blueberries mid-May through late June. Blackberries late June until late July.
9601 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-753-2300 or 704-753-4264.
Produce: Strawberries, tomatoes and vegetables.
Strawberries available now until June. Open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, until 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Vegetables sold at the store, 4212 U.S. 218, Monroe.
1800 Black Hwy., York, S.C. 803-684-2333. www.blackspeachesandbakery.com.
Peaches late June through early September. Open 8 a.m.-6 pm. Monday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
1650 Filbert Hwy., York, S.C. 29745. 803-684-2732. www.bushnvinefarm.com
Produce: Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, ready-picked fruits and vegetables.
Picking strawberries now through mid-May. Strawberry festival with hot dogs and hamburgers, childrens activities on April 27. Blueberries mid-May through mid-July. Peaches mid-June to September. Farm stand with local produce year-round with limited hours in January and February. Open Monday-Saturday.
1595 Colony Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29730. 803-366-5691 during picking hours.
Picking begins about July 1. Open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Bring your own container.
1010 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill, S.C. 29715. 803-547-7563. www.springsfarm.com.
Strawberries available May 3. Take-home containers available. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.
The Peach Tree
2077 Filbert Hwy., York, S.C. 29745. 803-684-9996. www.thepeachtreeorchard.com.
Pick your own June 1 through late August. Farm stand with fresh vegetables; ice cream parlor. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
Windy Hill Orchard
1860 Black Hwy., York, SC 29745. 803-684-0690. www.windyhillorchard.com.
Four varieties. Usually picking early to mid-September through early to mid-October. Hard cider and doughnuts made on site. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Sunday hours vary. Check website.