This summer, four area farms, each very different from the others, have joined together to encourage everyone to visit and get to know them. These farm visits are fun for both kids and adults. You can meet animals, learn about farming, come home with the freshest products amazing.
When you visit the first farm, just pick up a free passport. Get it stamped at all four farms, and then drop it off at the last farm you visit, and you’ll be eligible to win one of four prize packages from the farms! Each basket is chock-full of farm goodies, with a value of $60 each.
The Farm Crawl is going on in July and August, 2021. The hours of each farm differs, and might vary depending on weather and other factors. In some cases you need to make an appointment ahead of time. So make sure to visit the website or social media account for each farm and give them a call if you have any questions.
Read on to learn about each farm and how to visit.
Good Karma Ranch
Good Karma Ranch Alapacas, 1041 Brevard Place Road, Iron Station, NC.
This alpaca ranch is about 28 miles to the northwest of Charlotte, before you get to Lincolnton. It’s convenient to readers in the Mountain Island area, Huntersville, Stanley, or parts of Gaston County. It’s just 20 minutes from Birkdale Village in Huntersville.
Good Karma offers farm tours, as well as alpaca yoga. Yes. You read that right. They also have a store where they sell a variety of wonderful items made from alpaca fleece. Farm tours are just $10. You do have to register in advance.
If you follow Good Karma on Facebook, you’ll see when they announce new events.
McLawland Farms, 8632 Reedy creek Road, Charlotte, NC.
McLawland Farms is a U-pick flower farm right in Charlotte, very convenient to I-485, University City and Harrisburg. It’s close to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. You need to make a reservation to visit.
In July and August you’ll be able to pick summer flowers, including zinnias, black-eyed susans, and sunflowers, depending on the timing.
While you’re there you can also get a tour of the farm, and meet some extraordinarily beautiful chickens. Other products, including vegetables and eggs, will be available for purchase, at times.
Also, if you’d like to stay on the farm, or you have friends coming in from out of town who would like to, make sure to check out their Airbnb rental!
Also, check out their YouTube channel to get a great look at the farm and all the projects that Farmers Larry and Jason are up to.
Dallas Lavender Lane
Dallas Lavender Lane, 937 Old Willis School Road, Dallas, NC
Beautiful, fragrant lavender is the centerpiece of this farm, which is just 30 miles to the north west of Center City Charlotte, and is especially convenient to those in Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
You can cut your own lavender, when it’s in season, and purchase lavender products like lotions, Lavender Lemonade Slushies, and much more. There are also regularly scheduled plant sales. We bought some lavender plants last year and they are doing incredibly well.
Although the lavender is the heart of the farm, there is much more going on. You can meet many animals, including goats, a miniature pony, goats, a donkey and more. In addition, there’s a playground, the “Lavender Express” train, and mini-golf.
There’s no cost to visit and you don’t have to make a reservation but make sure to check the hours on their website and look for announcements on their Facebook page.
Midland Farms, 11000 Sam Black Road, Midland, NC
Midland Farms is about 20 miles from the center of Charlotte, and is very convenient to those in Mint Hill and Cabarrus County. It’s free to visit and you don’t need an appointment, but make sure to check their hours.
At Midland Farms you can meet and pet the animals, and shop the store.
Stop by The Midland Farms Store and shop a variety of products including locally raised meats (chicken, beef, pork), cheese, eggs, butter, meat sauces, local honey, goat’s milk soap and lotion, candles, jewelry, breads, muffins, scones, jams, jellies, and more.