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Our annual guide to pick-your-own farms

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Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
Bush-N-Vine co-owner Susan Hall and employee Laura Saboley put out just-picked fresh strawberries for sale at the Bush-N-Vine farm.

If you’re going to a pick-your-own farm:

• Always call first, to check the hours, weather and crop availability. Ask if take-home containers are provided. 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 it’s cooler. Always take water, a hat and wear clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. Kathleen Purvis

Alexander

J&A Orchard

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.

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 3. Roadside stand also available. Prices not set.

Buncombe

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 Road, Weaverville, N.C. 28787. 828-645-6286 or email dogwoodhillsfruit@gmail.com.

Produce: Blackberries, apples, blueberries and Concord grapes.

Blueberries in mid-June. Thornless blackberries about mid- to late July. Concord grapes in mid-August. Apples may be available about mid-July through October.

Burke

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

2075 Pleasant Hill Ave., Morganton, N.C. 28655. 828-437-1224 or www.applehillorchard.com.

Produce: Apples.

Picking apples late August until early November. Farm stand, bakery and country store late August until Dec. 24. Educational orchard tours available. Closed Sundays.

Cabarrus

Summerberry Farm

3430 Rimer Road, Concord, N.C. 28025. 704-721-0670.

Produce: Blackberries.

Thornless blackberries, picking about late June through July. $3 a quart, $10 a gallon. $4 a quart ready-picked. No restroom available. Closed Sundays.

Catawba

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. Ready-picked available. Also strawberry jams, jellies and ciders. Closed Sundays.

Shady Oaks Farm

3487 Yount Road, Newton, N.C., 28658. 828-464-5722.

Produce: blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, sour pie cherries and plums.

Cherries ready in mid- to late May. Call for further picking dates.

Chester (S.C.)

Cotton Hills Farm

2575 Lowrys Highway, 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.

Jordan Farms

1017 Seegars Road, Fort Lawn, S.C. 29714. 803-287-5505.

Produce: Strawberries.

Strawberries early May until early June. Closed Sundays.

Cleveland

Clineland Farm

2784 Clineland Road, Cherryville, N.C. 28021. 704-466-7892.

Produce: Strawberries, hanging baskets and potted plants.

Picking begins early May.

Lattimore Farms

318 Peachtree Road, Shelby, N.C. 28150. 704-434-7190. www.lattimorefarms.com.

Produce: Strawberries.

Picking early May until early June.

Gaston

Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

906 Dallas-Stanley Highway, Dallas, N.C. 28034. 704-922-8688 or 704-748-1488.

Produce: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, greens and muscadines.

Strawberries beginning early May. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches in June and July. Pumpkins, gourds, greens, muscadines and hayrides in September and October.

Henderson

J.H. Stepp Farm’s 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.

Justus Orchard

187 Garren Road, Hendersonville, N.C., 28792. 828-243-2420 or 828-243-7235. www.justusorchard.com.

Produce: Blackberries, nectarines, apples, Asian pears and pumpkins.

Blackberries by July 4; apples in mid-August and pumpkins in October. Email mdjustus@yahoo.com.

Skytop Orchard

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 early August to December.

Iredell

Carrigan Farms

1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, N.C. 28115. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com.

Produce: Strawberries, asparagus, apples, pumpkins and seasonal vegetables.

Strawberries in early May. Asparagus mid-April through mid-May. Apples in September and pumpkins in October.

Carolina Sky Muscadine Vineyard

218 Burke Farm Loop, Union Grove, N.C., 28689. 704-592-2450 or 704-929-3204.

Produce: Muscadines.

Usually available in September and October.

Howard’s Strawberries

250 Crater Road, Harmony, N.C. 28634. 704-539-4994.

Produce: Strawberries, corn, gourds and pumpkins.

Strawberries in early May through mid-June; sweet corn mid-June through July; pumpkins and gourds mid-September to October. Bring your own take-home containers. Closed Sundays.

Lincoln

Helms Christmas Tree Farm

6345 Christmas Tree Lane, Vale, N.C. 28168. 704-276-1835.

Produce: Blueberries.

Available early June through mid-August.

Lineberger’s Berry Hill Farm

2400 Hudson Poultry Road, Iron Station, N.C. 28080. 704-748-1488.

Produce: Strawberries.

Strawberries in early May. Jams, salsas, and strawberry and blackberry cider available.

McCurry’s Blueberry Farm

735 Wise Road, Lincolnton, N.C., 28092. 704-735-0338.

Produce: Blueberries.

Picking late June through late August.

Mecklenburg

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 late April to early June. Pumpkins available late September to October. Farm stand with vegetables through the summer and pumpkins in the fall.

Old Store Produce

15909 Brown Mill Road, Huntersville, N.C. 28078. 704-992-6106.

Produce: Blackberries, blueberries and vegetables.

Berries ready early June through September.

The Bradford Store

15915 Davidson Concord Road, Huntersville, N.C., 28078. 704-439-4303. www.thebradfordstore.com.

Produce: Strawberries.

Picking mid-May. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Rowan

Campbell Farm

2275 River Road, Richfield, N.C., 28137. 704-661-0232.

Produce: Blueberries

Picking mid-June through August. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Karriker Farms

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.

Patterson Farm Inc.

10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, N.C. 28125. 704-797-0013. http://pattersonfarminc.com.

Produce: Strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, poinsettias and other seasonal plants, produce.

Strawberries available early May-early June. Ready-pick tomatoes starting in late June. Pumpkins mid-September through October. Poinsettias Thanksgiving through Christmas. Seasonal plants and vegetables pre-picked. 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.

Stanly

Arnold’s Orchard

28212 Hatley Farm Road, Albemarle, N.C. 28001. 704-986-0192.

Produce: Peaches.

Picking July through August.

Cody Strawberry Farm

44052 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield, N.C. 28137. 704-791-0342.

Produce: Strawberries.

Picking late April through June.

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.

Union

M & M Farms

7208 Alexander Farm Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-574-9200 or 704-753-4092.

Produce: Strawberries.

Picking early May through early June. Closed Sunday.

Morning Glory Farms

6205 Kate Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-363-2878 or 704-753-4614.

Produce: Blueberries, blackberries.

Blueberries late May through late June. Blackberries late June until late July.

Piedmont Produce

9601 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe, N.C. 28110. 704-753-2300 or 704-753-4264.

Produce: Strawberries.

Strawberries available now until June.

Wise Acres Organic Farm

4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail. 704-628-6232. www.wiseacresorganic.com.

Produce: Strawberries and pumpkins.

Picking now through early June. Pumpkins late September through October. Organically grown; working toward certification. Includes a playground and obstacle course for children, snacks, refreshments and slushies. Closed Mondays.

York (S.C.)

Black’s Peaches

1800 Black Highway, York, S.C. 803-684-2333. www.blackspeachesandbakery.com.

Produce: Peaches.

Late June through early September.

Bush-N-Vine Farm

1650 Filbert Highway, 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, children’s activities April 26. Blueberries mid-May through mid-July. Peaches mid-June to September. Farm stand with local produce year-round. Closed Sundays.

Rivers’ Blueberries

1595 Colony Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29730. 803-366-5691 during picking hours.

Produce: Blueberries.

Picking begins about July 1. Closed Sunday. Bring your own container.

Springs Farm

1010 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. 29715. 803-547-7563. www.springsfarm.com.

Produce: Strawberries.

Available May 2.

The Peach Tree

2077 Filbert Highway, York, S.C. 29745. 803-684-9996. www.thepeachtreeorchard.com.

Produce: Peaches.

Pick your own June 1 through mid-September. Farm stand with fresh vegetables; ice cream parlor.

Windy Hill Orchard

1860 Black Highway, York, S.C. 29745. 803-684-0690. windyhillorchard.com.

Produce: Apples.

Four varieties. Usually picking early to mid-September through early October. Hard cider and doughnuts made on site.

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