Nothing beats freshly picked produce, and it can be fun to do it yourself. An outing to a U-pick farm can be a great tradition for kids. Before you head out, make sure to call and check on conditions. Hours can change depending on the weather and how the crop is doing.
In fact, no matter what you see about hours on other lists…still call. We’re not listing hours because they can vary so much. Click through to the websites or Facebook pages.
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.
We only included farms that have websites or Facebook pages, so that it would be easy to verify the information. We made one exception, for a farm that we couldn’t leave off.
We’ve extended the area that we’re including for this list, because sometimes it’s worth a little drive!
Typical growing seasons in North Carolina:
- Strawberry: Late April to the beginning of June
- Blueberry: Late June or early July, into August
- Blackberry: Late June through July
- Peach: June through September
- Apple: Late August through February
Timing might vary. These are estimates. Here’s a chart from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture that shows approximate growing seasons for many fruits and vegetables.
1650 Filbert Hwy, York, SC
Summer: Blueberries, Blackberries, Peaches
Other crops are available for purchase.
Apple Hill Orchard
2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue, Morganton
Mid-August to late October: Apples
Tours and Saturday wagon tours, bakery, cider mill, country store
1800 Black Highway, York, SC
June through September: Peaches
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville
Visit the website to learn about the other activities throughout the year, such as hayrides, quarry swimming and more.
Deer Run Farms of Midland
12325 US-601, Midland
Hall Family Farm
10713 Providence Rd West
Many kids’ activities available throughout the year
Note: 2019 is the last year for Hall Family Farm in Charlotte.
Helm’s Christmas Tree Farm
6345 Christmas Tree Ln, Vale
Winter (week before Thanksgiving through around December 20): Cut your own Christmas Tree
Also offers hayrides and covered wagon rides
187 Garren Rd.
Mid-August to Early November: Apples
Farm and orchard tours, bakery
Lineberger’s Maple Spring Farm
906 Dallas Stanley Hwy, Dallas
June-July: Blackberries and Raspberries
Wagon rides, bonfires, more
Millstone Creeks Orchard
506 Parks Crossroad Church Road, Ramseur
The Orchard at Altapass
1025 Orchard Road, Spruce Pine
Many varieties of apples. Also music, dancing, hayrides, Heritage Thursdays, and more
4212 E. HWY 218, Monroe
Rivers’ Blueberries Farm
1595 Colony Road, Rock Hill, SC
Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 225) with Pinnacle Mountain Rd.
August to October: Apples
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
170 Stepp Orchard Drive
August to October: Apples
3430 Rimer Rd, Concord
No website or Facebook for this one, but it’s included because of its excellent reputation and because it’s so close to Charlotte. Here’s an unofficial Facebook page.
The Hunter Farm
13624 Providence Road, Weddington
Family activities all year. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, bonfires, summer camps, community gardens
Windy Hill Orchard
1860 Black Highway York, SC
4701 Hartis Road Indian Trail
USDA Certified organic farm. Family activities all year.