McLawland Farms LLC, at 8632 Reedy Creek Road, Charlotte, is a boutique farm that has been around for just two years, but has delighted its many visitors with U-pick flowers and blackberries.
It’s a chemical-free, all natural farm on 28 acres just 12 miles east of Uptown Charlotte. Part of the property is along Reedy Creek. It’s convenient to University City and to Harrisburg, and is very close to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.
We visited on the last day of summer flower picking, September 12th, 2020, to learn about what the farm, and to find out what it will offer in the fall. Keep reading to learn about fall flower picking (including sunflowers), tours, okra, photo sessions, and even a way to stay overnight on the farm.
Fall Flower Picking at McLawland Farms
McLawland Farms has been growing sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, and assorted wild flowers and during Fall Flower Picking sessions, you will have a chance to pick your own flowers and create the perfect bouquet.
Surprise a friend or family member, make a great impression on date night, or just do something for yourself.
Spend 30 to 60 minutes exploring the fields. While you’re there, feel free to take personal photography (keep reading for some pictures we took on the last day of summer.) Professional photographers are also welcome. The fee for professional photographers is $50.
Fall Flower Pricing:
- $16 regular mouth mason jar, filled with flowers from the patch & one sunflower
- $20 wide mouth mason jar, filled with flowers from the patch & one sunflower
- ($1-2 @ additional sunflower)
- Personal vase/jar pricing based on width of opening
- $2 off for bringing your own jars or vases!
There are two long rows of sunflowers, stretching the length of an acre.
Current Schedule for Fall Flower Picking:
These time slots are available at the time of this posting.
- Saturday, October 17th, 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 18th (just added!): 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 4:30 and 5;30 p.m.
Reservations are required. Book here.
Small group farm tours are also available for $12.
Reservations for tours are required. Book here.
The guys behind the farm
This farm is a two-man operation. Larry Land, a 5th grade teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Jason McLawhorn, a nurse educator with Atrium Health, have built this family farm as a labor of love — and it’s a lot of labor, done in addition to their full-time jobs.
They’ve put down roots in every way here. Their house is on the property, and they even got married on the farm this past summer.
Summer at McLawland Farms
The summer season, which ended on September 12th, brings visitors who pick their own blackberries (in June) and flowers (starting in July.) Enjoy some of these pictures from the last day of summer flower picking, 2020!
The farm features zinnias and a potpourri of wildflowers in the summer. Visitors can also purchase produce, when available, including tomatoes and okra.
Visiting the farm always requires an appointment. Completely contactless payment options are available. You can bring your own scissors or borrow a pair of theirs, and then explore the front field, picking flowers for the perfect bouquet.
The field is a certified butterfly garden, and is a haven for pollinators.
The flower and blackberry picking takes place on the front field, but there’s a lot more to McLawland Farms. If you’d like to explore more, you can sign up for a tour, which costs $12 per person. When tours are available (and you can expect them to be available when there are U-pick sessions) you’ll see registration information on the website.
When Jason takes you on a tour, you’ll be able to sample fruits or vegetables right off the plants, if available, and to learn how they’re grown. We got to try fresh-picked okra and figs, both of which were delicious.
Your tour will also take you to other fields that are not normally open to the public, and to a pond.
You can also meet some of the farm’s newest residents, the chickens.
Staying on the Farm
McLawland Farms operates an Airbnb rental on the farm. It’s described as a Modern Farm Retreat, and it looks out on the pond. It’s got plenty of space, and if you book it during the right time of year, you can probably expect to find flowers in the unit.
If you know people traveling through Charlotte who’d like a place to stay that’s just a few miles from Uptown Charlotte, but with the serenity of a farm, let them know about this!
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