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.
We keep a list, year-round, of farms where you can pick your own produce, and that list is below. Please scroll down to see it.
You might also be interested in this list of farmers markets in the Charlotte area.
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. Facebook is often a better way to get the most current information than the websites.
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, with one exception. We did include one very popular farm with a great reputation, that is very close to Charlotte. They don’t have a website, but we verified their details with an email.
Typical growing seasons in North Carolina:
- Flowers: Spring and summer
- Strawberry: Late April to the beginning of June
- Blueberry: Late May to mid-July
- Blackberry: Mid June through July
- Peach: June through September
- Apple: 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.
U-pick Blueberries and Blackberries
1650 Filbert Hwy, York, SC
Check for updates on their Facebook page
Summer: Blueberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Flowers
Other crops are available for purchase.
8525 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
April – June: Strawberries
June-August: Blackberries and Blueberries
Book your U-pick session on the website (above link.) Blueberries not available for 2021.
Updates on Facebook page
McLawland Farms LLC
8632 Reedy Creek Road, Charlotte, 28215
Vegetables also available for purchase, and tours are available.
Rivers’ Blueberries Farm
1595 Colony Road, Rock Hill, SC
3430 Rimer Rd, Concord
There’s no website or official Facebook page for this one, but it’s included because of its excellent reputation and because it’s so close to Charlotte. Make sure to call first to make sure that there are blackberries ready to be picked. This will be the LAST season for blackberry picking at Summerberry Farm, at least under the current owners, as they’re planning to move, and to sell the property. They’d LOVE to sell to someone who will keep the blackberry fields in operation. Please call the above number if you’re interested in learning more! You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain Creek Farm of Stanley County
32286 Laton Road, Albemarle
8 varieties of blueberries, raised pesticide free. Open every day during blueberry season (but check Facebook page.)
Campbells Berry Farm
27 Tracy Bolick Lane, Bethlehem
Over 2,500 rabbiteye blueberry bushes. U-pick blueberries 7 days a week.
TLC Blueberry Farm
3318 Greene Road, Monroe
Millstone Creeks Orchard
506 Parks Crossroad Church Road, Ramseur
Check for updates on Facebook page
Apple season starts in September. The only way to pick apples is to sign up for their Apple Pickin’ Adventure, which includes access to the U-pick orchards, a hayride, apple tasting in the orchard, apple cider slushie samples, and a quarter peck bag of apples. The price is $11.95/per person on weekdays, and $15.95/person on weekends. Register here.
Other U-pick Farms
The Hunter Farm
13624 Providence Road, Weddington
4212 E. HWY 218, Monroe
The farm offers pre-picked strawberries and U-pick strawberries.
4701 Hartis Road Indian Trail
USDA Certified organic farm. Reservations are required for strawberry picking and they’ve been filling up very, very quickly.
Hall Family Farm
445 West Rebound Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
This is Hall Family Farm’s new location. Look for the kind of family-friendly attractions that were on their old farm, including musical hayride, giant sandbox, kids’ mazes, more.
Howard Family Farm
250 Crater Road, Harmony, NC 28634
Spring: tulips, strawberries
Summer: vegetables, flowers
Fall: Sunflowers, pumpkins
Cotton Hills Farm
2575 Lowrys Hwy, Chester, SC 29706
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville
April: Asparagus, lettuce
Late July and August: Sunflowers
Strawberry picking starts April 30th, 2021, and will go through around May 23rd, with peak picking season May 4th to 11th. $15 per gallon-sized container and $5 for quart-sized container. You can also purchased pre-picked strawberries, strawberry slushies and strawberry shortcake. Cash and paper checks only.
Deer Run Farms of Midland
12325 US-601, Midland
Apple Hill Orchard
2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue, Morganton
Mid-August to late October: Apples
Tours and Saturday wagon tours, bakery, cider mill, country store
Apple season starts in mid-August. They’ll provide you a U-pick bag, which you’ll fill up with apples and keep.
The Orchard at Altapass
1025 Orchard Road, Spruce Pine
Many varieties of apples. Normally there’s music and dancing but they’ve put that on hold for this year.
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
Windy Hill Orchard
1860 Black Highway York, SC
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.