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.
Here it is in list format:
Produce: Apples, Asian pears, peaches and nectarines.
Usually opens in August and closes in late September. More than 20 varieties of apples. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
The Farmers’ Daughter
Produce: Strawberries and mixed vegetables.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday until the end of growing season. Annual strawberry festival April 30.
Thornless blackberries, picking about late June through July. Containers provided. Ready-picked also available; call ahead for orders over 4 quarts. No restroom available. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday.
Flower Farm Berry Co.
Produce: Strawberries and blackberries.
Strawberries until early June. Blackberries through July. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 8-5 Saturdays, 1-5 Sundays.
Ira Cline Farm
Produce: Blueberries and gourds.
Blueberries late June-August. Containers provided. Ready-picked available. Shelled unpopped popcorn also available. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
Shady Oaks Farm
Produce: Blueberries, peaches, sour pie cherries and green beans.
Blueberries mid-June to mid-August; you-pick on honor system. Call for picking dates and hours for other produce, including cherries, which are usually ready by mid-May for a short season. Pre-orders required for ready-picked tomatoes and other vegetables. Honey and free-range eggs available.
Produce: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, muscadines, greens and other vegetables.
Strawberries through May. Vegetables, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches June-July. Pumpkins, gourds, greens, muscadines and hayrides September-October. During strawberry season: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Hours vary beginning in June.
Produce: Strawberries, asparagus, apples, pumpkins and seasonal vegetables.
Strawberries through early June. Asparagus through May 10. Heirloom leaf lettuce, Napa cabbage and bok choy through May. Sugar snap peas May 15-30. Apples in September and pumpkins in October. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 am.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Produce: Strawberries, corn, seasonal vegetables, gourds and pumpkins.
Strawberries through early June; sweet corn late June-July; pumpkins and gourds mid-September to October. Bring your own containers. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Helms Christmas Tree Farm
Produce: Blueberries and choose-and-cut Christmas trees.
Blueberries available mid-June until early August. Christmas trees available from the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Lineberger’s Berry Hill Farm
Strawberries through May. Jams, salsas, and strawberry and blackberry cider available. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
McCurry’s Blueberry Farm
Picking early July until early August.
Hall Family Farm
Produce: Strawberries and pumpkins.
Strawberry through May. Pumpkins late September-October. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during seasons.
Old Store Produce
Produce: Strawberries and blackberries for you-pick, other vegetables for sale and occasionally pick-your-own.
Strawberries until mid-May. Blackberries early June-September. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Cauble Creek Vineyard
700 Cauble Farm Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. 704-633-1137, www.caublecreekvineyard.com.
Produce: Three varieties of muscadine grapes.
You-pick beginning in September. Check website for details. Winery open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
Pesticide-free berries; $10 a gallon you-pick, $20 a gallon ready-picked; picking early June through early August. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday.
Produce: Corn and other vegetables.
You-pick corn and green beans June-July, field peas July-September, turnips and mixed greens September-November. Iris, peony and daylily plants available. Open Monday-Saturday.
Produce: Strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, poinsettias and other seasonal plants, produce.
Strawberries (42 acres on raised plastic beds) through early June. Other vegetables seasonally. Field trips, farm tours, camps and weekend events April to mid-November. Strawberry hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Ready-picked strawberry stand locations in Granite Quarry, Salisbury and Concord; call for directions.
The Hunter Farm
Strawberries through May. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday; hours depend on weather and crop availability.
Last week in June through July. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Sunday. Closed Wednesday-Thursday.
Picking until late May. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call for after-hour arrangements.
Morning Glory Farms
Produce: Blueberries and blackberries.
Blueberries mid-May through late June. Blackberries late June until late July. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Produce: Strawberries, tomatoes and summer vegetables.
Strawberries available until June. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and until 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Vegetables sold at the store, 4212 U.S. 218, Monroe.
Picking in June. 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
Cody Strawberry Farm
Picking through June. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
York County, S.C.
Produce: Strawberries, peaches and tomatoes.
Strawberries until early June. Peaches late June through early September. Tomatoes beginning in July. Call for crop availability. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
Produce: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, ready-picked fruits and vegetables.
Picking strawberries through mid-May. Blueberries mid-May through mid-July. Blackberries beginning late June. Peaches mid-June to September. Farm stand with local produce year-round (limited hours in January and February). Check Facebook or website for mini-festivals throughout the year. Open Monday-Saturday.
Picking begins about July 1. Bring your own container. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Strawberries until late May. Take-home containers available. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
The Peach Tree
Pick your own June 1-Sept. 1. Farm stand with fresh vegetables, ice cream parlor. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday. (Opens at 10 a.m. during peach season.
Windy Hill Orchard
Produce: Apples and hard cider.
Four varieties of apples. Usually picking early to mid-September through early to mid-October. Hard cider and doughnuts made on-site. Hours vary. Check website for details.