The Charlotte Observer has put together a comprehensive list of you-pick farms in the Charlotte area and beyond. It includes an interactive map, as well as a list that includes the address, website (if available), contact number, crops, and approximate dates for each farm. Call ahead to check on hours, weather and availability. Check out the guide.
This list covers the whole growing season, so you’ll find information on everything from strawberries in the spring to summer peaches to apples in the fall.
Here’s some advice, from the Observer article:
A few things to remember when you go: Always call the farm first, or check their website or Facebook page. Nature can be fickle and fields sometimes get picked out before new fruit is ready. Wear clothes (particularly shoes) you don’t mind getting muddy. Take water, especially if you have kids along. And it’s always best to pick in the morning or early evening, when it’s cooler.