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Hill Area BERRY Picking (U-Pick)
One of our favorite things about the Chapel Hill/Triangle area is the abundance of nearby farms to visit and berry patches where
you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes and more!
Berry picking is a fun way to spend a morning out in the
fresh air, and children feel so proud and happy to be
able to help with grown-up work - especially when fresh-picked berries
are the reward!
Strawberry picking is fun for children and the whole family!
Usually in Season in the Chapel Hill area around late April through
Picking at Jean's Berry Patch
Berry Patch, 3003 NC Hwy 751, 9.5 miles south of I-40 on the left (at intersection with Lewter Shop
Road), Apex, NC 27523. Seasonal
strawberry picking at
its best! Pick your own or buy pre-picked. A fun activity
for the whole family.
the Strawberry Season call (919) 362-5800 for more info before you
go to ensure there are ripe berries available for picking. They also
offer pre-picked, but call before you go for a daily availability
Hunt's Strawberries, 4505 Watkins
Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616.Call first for availability.
Lee Farms (contact:
1878 NC Hwy 42, Moncure, NC 27559
Logan Farms (contact:
Bill and Daniel Logan)
110 Logan Farm Lane, Sanford, NC 27330
2009 Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m. til 7:00 p.m. (call first)
Farm Strawberries, 5 minutes north of Durham, Exit 186A off I-85,
follow the signs. Strawberry picking from Spring through
mid-June. Kids will also enjoy feeding the goats! Have a
strawberry picking birthday party on the farm (children can pick
berries, feed the goats, have ice cream and cake in the picnic
area. $4.50 per child includes quart container of berries).
Waller Family Farm,
5030 Kerley Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
Pick your own strawberries (or buy
pre-picked)! A fun activity
for the whole family. (Located just a few minutes away from the
shopping center at New Hope Commons and Patterson Place. That's right,
Chapel Hill/Durham mamas & papas: it's just a few minutes from
Starbucks. (Very convenient!) : ) From New Hope
Commons on 15-501, take Mt. Moriah Rd. to Erwin; left on Kerley;
Waller Family Farm is at the intersection of Mt. Sinai and Kerley Rd.)
and pre-picked strawberries available during the strawberry season at Waller Family
Farm - yum! Call before you go for availability updates.
Read our Blog:
at Waller Family Farm
in Durham, NC
Whitted Bowers Farm,
certified organic and biodynamic strawberries
8707 Art Rd., Cedar
Grove, NC Enjoy picking organic & biodynamic strawberries at
Whitted Bowers Farm, 10 miles north of Hillsborough, NC at Whitted
Call before you go for updated availability info.
Read more about Whitted Bowers Farm in this Saturday Evening
Post article (March/April 2012):
Check the website for
hours and updates:
Strawberry picking updates
Blueberry Picking - (NC Season July - mid August)
Let's Go Blueberry Picking!
picking is a fun activity
for the whole family and gives children a hands-on experience of nature
and the delicious fruits of nature!
CALL FIRST to check on berry availability
and conditions. Some self-pick farms establish specific days and
hours; others offer hours by appointment only.
Patchwork Berry Farm - Chapel Hill, NC!
1575 Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill NC
Patchwork Berry Farm is located VERY conveniently a hop and a
skip from Chapel Hill!
Their blueberry picking season normally starts in the middle of June
and ends mid to late July (depending on weather/conditions, picking
season can be earlier or later). They have three varieties of
blueberry in cultivation: Premier, Climax, and Tiff Blue. They don't
spray their blueberries with anything but water, and they encourage
blueberry pickers to sample while you pick to find the sweetest
Berries and Philoxenia
(organically grown Blueberries) - Two
Patches run by different owners in same location - Blueberry Picking
Cedar Grove (fka Blueberry Hill /
on the front left-hand side) (original berry patch operated for the benefit of the Human Kindness
Foundation), 8411 NC Hwy 86, Cedar Grove, NC 27217
Nice Berries 8411 NC Hwy 86, Cedar
Grove, NC 27217
(patch on the right-hand side as you enter,
ALSO Nice Berries are on the BACK of the left-hand side - behind
Cedar Grove on the left-hand side are MORE Nice Berries blueberries.
Signs are clearly marked.
*** Be sure to pick in the correct
patch so that you can pay the right people for the berries you
Located 11 miles outside of Hillsborough directly on Hwy 86 - look for
All Natural Blueberries sign (the sign is easy to miss - be on
the look-out). (Take 86N through
Hillsborough - continue through Churton St.and continue on as Churton
St. turns back into HWY 86 (North on HWY 86) for @ 11 miles past the intersection
of 86N and the Hwy 70 Bypass in Hillsborough. You will see
"Pope's Tires" on your right. Continue 100 yards and take a right
at the Blueberry Sign into the driveway. Park and pick from
either the berry patch on the left - Cedar Grove; or on your right -
Nice Berries.) Pick the ORGANICALLY BERRIES (picking
buckets are in the kiosk stand), then weigh
them and pay for them at the kiosk stand (honor system). $2 a
pound!! (Prices may be subject to change.) What a great deal for organically farmed blueberries.
around mid-July through August (sometimes through September -
depending on the year's crop), the
Blueberry Hill blueberry patch is expected to have an abundance of wonderful,
delicious, organic blueberries. (Blueberry Hill sold nearly six
tons of delicious organic blueberries back in 2005 - a great yield for a
Interesting Local History:
About the Human Kindness Foundation
(previous operators of the blueberry patch outside Hillsborough)
If you wish to
continue supporting the work of Human Kindness Foundation, please visit
their website catalog to see
the books, CDs, tapes, videos, t-shirts, stained glass, artwork and
other items they sell to support the Foundation. If you aren't
familiar with the Human Kindness Foundation or its founder, spiritual
teacher Bo Lozoff, take a look at the their website.
Children's icon Fred Rogers (of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood fame) was
greatly impressed with Foundation founder Bo Lozoff, and in speeches
Fred Rogers often named among his heroes Ghandi and Bo Lozoff.
When he passed away in February 2003, Rogers left a sizeable bequest to
Mr. Lozoff in his will in support of the Foundation's work. The
Dalai Lama also is an admirer of Mr. Lozoff, and wrote the foreword to
Mr. Lozoff's book, It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice (Viking).
Of Mr. Lozoff's book, the Dalai Lama said, ""Anyone of any faith, or none, can benefit from the universal ideas and realistic advice in this book."
Herndon Hills Farm - Durham - Pick
your own Blueberries, Blackberries and Muscadine Grapes (or buy
pre-picked) -- This beautiful family farm is located a stone's throw from Southpoint Mall
but feels like a rural retreat.
Massey Chapel Rd. / Barbee Rd., Durham, NC 27713 Herndon Hills Farm has
run a pick-your-own-farm since 1987 (and the farm has been
home to the Herndon family since the late 1700's.) Call before
visiting for hours and availability.
Call (919) 544-3313 for
hours and daily update.
FYI - In past years, picking
ended by July 31st, when all of the blueberries and all of
the blackberries were gone for the year. Muscadine grapes
were available in August in some years. Picking season
changes due to weather/growing conditions so call before
visiting for hours/availability.
Directions: To get to the
Herndon Fills Farm from I-40, take the Fayetteville Road exit
(Exit 276) and go south. Take the first left on Herndon Road. Go
1/2 mile. Take a right on Barbee Road. Go 1/4 mile to farm on
MORE BLUEBERRY & BLACKBERRY
PICKING Farms in the North Carolina Triangle
Faircloth Farm - 577 Gilmore Rd.,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(contact: Nevida Faircloth)
Blueberries; No pesticides used.
Hours: By appointment only
Call before visiting for hours
[FYI - In prior years, as of the end of
July blueberries typically were picked down, and available into
first week or so of August. (Call to make an
appointment for picking.)]
As always for berry picking, CALL
FIRST to check on berry availability and conditions. Some
self-pick farms establish specific days and hours; others offer hours by
Ayrshire Farm (contact: Bill Dow)
Pick your own Blueberries
Hours: By appointment only
No pesticides used
Busy Bee Farm (contact: John Strickland)
1092 Dewitt Smith Rd., Pittsboro, NC
Pick your own blackberries and blueberries
Hours: Closed Wednesday and Thursday but open every other day at 8:00
am. Please call for picking conditions prior to coming.
Powell Farm (contact: Rori Powell)
175 Bonsal Crossing, New Hill, NC 27562
anytime (call first for availability)
N.C. Farm Tour / State
Directory of Agritourism
Browse by location to find farms close to home
or near your vacation destination; also browse by category
to find petting farms, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree
cutting, and more.
Berry Picking Tips: Don't pick your berries into a deep
container, as the weight of the berries on top could damage the berries
underneath. It's a good idea to pick your berries into low-sided
containers or fill lots of small containers.
Berry Handling Tips:
Always handle berries very gently, keep them dry and refrigerate them,
and don't wash them until you are ready to use them. (Wash
gently!) If you have some mushed/wet berries among your
fresh-picked berries, pick them out as they can cause the other berries
to go bad quickly. Also, do not wash berries before freezing them;
instead, freeze them straight from picking, and then wash them only
after thawing, right before you use them.
NC Farm Trivia: April/May is the beginning of the season for
North Carolina strawberries, peaches, cabbage, greens, snap beans, and
sweet potatoes. In the Chapel Hill area, the season for
blueberries typically begins in July (this year, probably mid-July).
MORE NC PICK-YOUR-OWN: In addition to our listings below, see
for more Pick-Your-Own options throughout the NC Piedmont area (listed
Chapel Hill Area Blueberry
Delicious Blueberries - late Summer
Hanover Park Vineyard (further
afield in Yadkinville, NC around 1 1/2 hours from Chapel Hill)
1927 Courtney-Huntsville Rd., Yadkinville, NC 27055.
Come see lots of Fall activity in the vineyard! Bring the family
to explore the vineyard and have a picnic beside the 1897 farmhouse
under the shade of the old oak trees. Interesting trivia:
Hanover Park Vineyard is the first bonded winery established in Yadkin
County since prohibition. Hours: Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, 12-6; Sunday 1-5. Directions: I-40 to exit 170
onto US-601. Go North 9.8 miles. Turn right onto
Courtney-Huntsville Rd. The vineyard is one mile on the left.
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|Farmers' Markets and
Arts & Crafts Markets
Sunday Arts & Crafts Market
2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (April - December), 1-5pm
Next to the Carrboro Town Hall at the Carrboro Town Commons
Contact: Sally Bond, (919) 929-3986.
Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
Carrboro Saturday Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 12 noon
the Carrboro Town Hall at the Carrboro Town Commons. (Not held in
Carrboro Wednesday Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m.
(Not held in Winter.)
"Growers Only" Market, Open Rain or Shine!
Fearrington Village, Hwy. 15/501, Pittsboro, NC
Open April - November on Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - early evening
|Hillsborough Farmers' Market
Open Saturday mornings in the CCB parking lot downtown on N. Churton
Street and Wednesday afternoons in the Sherriff's Dept. lower lot on E.
Margaret Lane. (Not held in
Chatham County Fairgrounds, Pittsboro, NC
Open April-November Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Village Farmers' Market
Held in Southern Village (off of 15-501) across from the Lumina
(Not held in Winter.) Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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|Click to see
the CHillKids list of festivals and other
Below are highlights from our
Year-Round Fun Guide:
Patterson's Mill Country Store
5109 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (Between
Hwy. 54 and Old Chapel Hill Road)
Beautiful old country store serving the community in the same spirit
as the original Patterson & Company Store of the 1870's.
Patterson's Mill is a haven for those seeking a moment from an earlier
age! (You may feel as though you just walked into the General
Store from Little House on the Prairie days!) Contains some of the
finest collections of mercantile American in the country, including a
nationally recognized pharmaceutical collection and tobacco memorabilia
collection. The rambling store building houses a furnished early
twentieth century doctor's office, early artifacts from the Patterson's
Mill community, and aisle after aisle of memorabilia, much of which has
remained in the same farming and merchant family since R.S. Leigh opened
the store on his plantation over 100 years ago. Admission is
free. Permanent collections are not for sale, but a large
selection of local and regional crafts and many antiques and
collectibles are offered for sale. (Patterson's Mill also hosts a
wonderful Christmas Tree and Greenery sale during the holidays.)
Visit website for days/ hours.
at Ayr Mount
376 St. Mary's Rd; Hillsborough.
Open daily (year-round), 9am-5pm (till 6pm, Mar.-Apr. & Sep.-Oct.; till 7pm, May-Aug.).
Lovely one-mile walking trail traverses woodlands and pastures along the banks of the Eno River, with views of the Kirkland family cemetery,
the Indian trading path, and a pond that is home to a chorus of
frogs. (Dogs allowed, but must be on leash.) The historic
home is open to visitors (for a fee) during regular visiting hours.
Rock State Park (further afield)
Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546.
hour's drive from Research Triangle and 45 minutes from
a picnic or go camping; hike down the trail to the Cape Fear River.
From the website: "Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park.
. . . The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument.
Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit."
8801 Glenwood Ave. and Highway 70, Raleigh, NC 27612; Harrison Ave.,
Nearly 5,400 acres of park land offers bridle, hiking, and biking
trails, rowboat and canoe rentals, and camping facilities. Call for information and/or reservations. All programs are
free. Canoeing on Big Lake - Join a ranger at the Boathouse for a
paddle around Big Lake; equipment provided; reservations required.
Check website for dates.
Located two miles west
of Chapel Hill next to Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro.
Lake ( operated by the Orange Water & Sewer Authority) is normally be open for recreation from March through
mid-November. (Visit website for days/hours.)
Recreation at the lake
includes canoe rentals, boat and electric motor rentals and fishing, plus a free
picnic/sunbathing area. The lake is open between late March and
early November. Lake tours available by calling (919) 968-4421, ext.
Point on the Eno Park
5101 N. Roxboro Rd. (US Hwy 501 North), Durham. (919) 471-1623
This beautiful park is a great setting for a picnic along the river,
and is the home of the wonderful Annual Eno River Festival in early
July. The park includes three historic buildings. Be sure to visit
the West Point Mill (which you can view in operation, powered by the
river, turning wheat into flour, and corn into cornmeal.. You can
purchase the flour, cornmeal and grits produced at the Mill!) Also
see the McCown-Mangum House at West Point, and the Packhouse & Hugh
Mangum Museum of Photography. Open daily, year-round, from 8 a.m. - sundown.
From the website:
"This 388-acre park is located along a two-mile stretch of the scenic Eno River, six miles north of downtown Durham. You can enjoy a leisurely picnic and stroll around the grounds, or take a hike through the woods on one of the park trails. Feel free to bring your canoe or kayak and experience the beauty of the Eno River."
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|Duke Lemur Center (Home
of the "real" Zoboomafoo)
3705 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC
The Duke Lemur Center is the home of more than 300 prosimians; visits
by appointment only. The Primate Center has a gift shop called Lemur
Landing. From the website:
The Duke University Primate Center houses the world's largest collection of endangered primates. The center specializes in "prosimians" -- lemurs and related species that evolved from the primate family tree long before monkeys and apes. Through conservation, education and research, the center is helping us to better understand and protect these remarkable animals."
Of interest to Zoboomafoo fans:
The Duke Lemur Center also is the home of "Zoboomafoo," the
adorable lemur in the Kratt Brother's televised PBS show. The real
"Zoboomafoo" is named "Jovian," a young male Coquerel's
Sifaka who was born at the Duke Primate Center. (Jovian's mother
was born in Madagascar.) The Zoboomafoo production crew came to the Primate Center in September, 1997 and
filmed there for a little over 2 months. Part of the set for Animal Junction
was built inside Jovian's cage, and that is where they filmed the parts of the show where Chris and Martin are interacting with
Zoboomafoo (Jovian). (Martin Kratt received a BS in Zoology from
North Carolina Aquariums (further
afield at the North Carolina beaches in Roanoke Island (near Manteo at
the Outer Banks), Pine Knoll Shores (near Atlantic Beach on the Crystal
Coast), and Fort Fisher (near Wilmington and Kure Beach). See
listings below for addresses and telephone information. The North
Carolina Aquariums are three state-supported public education facilities
(operated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
located along the North Carolina coast. The aquariums feature lots
of fun activities for kids and adults, including animal feeding time,
meet live animals (pet a salamander, touch a living conch, pet a
starfish; dialog with a diver (ask a diver about life under the sea as
the diver swims around with the sharks and fish in the aquarium; explore
the salt marsh, breakfast with the animals, coastal crafts, birthday
parties, and even sleep with the fishes (groups can experience the
Aquariums at night when they schedule a sleepover!) The sea
horse tank is one of our favorites, and the jelly fish are fascinating
to watch, not to mention the resident octopus at the Fort Fisher
Aquarium, and lots more! The N.C. Aquariums also provide a
unique backdrop for parties and special events.
- N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
(Amazing see life right before your eyes! Watch the sea horses and
pet the starfish. Interact with scuba divers who answer questions
from the audience while swimming around with sharks, fish, skates, and
other sea life!) Located on US 421 @ 15 miles south of
Wilmington, just beyond Kure Beach. From Southport take the
Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach,
NC 28449. (866) 301-3476.
- The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
(Closed for renovation & expansion! Look for reopening in
mid-2006, including wonderful features like a sunken pirate's ship with
sea life swimming all around it and much more.) (Located five miles
west of Atlantic Beach off Highway 58 in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural
Area.) P.O. Box 580, 1 Roosevelt Drive, Atlantic Beach, NC
- The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke
Island (Located at 374 Airport Road, off Highway 64 BUsiness on
the north end of Roanoke Island near Manteo.) P.O. Box 967, 374
Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954-0967. (866)332-3475.
For all three of the NC Aquarium
facilities, the daily hours year-round are 9am to 5pm; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
website for days/hours of operation. Memmbers of the NC Zoo get free admission at the NC
aquariums, and vice versa, so bring your membership card with you when
you visit the member facilities for free admission.
North Carolina Nature Center (Asheville, NC)
(much further afield)
75 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville,
NC 28805. (Buncombe County).
See rare and endangered animals in many different settings at the WNC
Nature Center. The educational farm is a home to rare and
endangered farm livestock, children can pet lambs and Angora goats in
the petting area and watch the goats and cows being milked.
Predator habitat includes bobcats, mountain lions, red wolves and gray
wolves. Nocturnal hall features wildlife displays with owls, bats
and flying squirrels. The WNC Nature Center also has an otter
habitat and the main exhibit building houses box turtles, timber
rattlesnakes among many other reptiles and amphibians.
Also check out the Annual Fall Family Festival featuring games, contests, music,
crafters, food and other festivities at the WNC Nature
Center in October.
Open year round (except major holidays), 7 days a week, 10am -
5pm. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin
Luther King day). Before you go,
visit the website for updated hours/days of
Above are just a few highlights from our
Year-Round Fun Guide;
Check out our Year-Round Fun Guide
for everything awesome to do with families in Chapel Hill/Durham/NC
Triangle, and the NC mountains, beaches and beyond!
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