in Chapel Hill, Durham &
Chatham County North Carolina
There are lots of WONDERFUL
berry patches in the North Carolina Triangle; we have listed here just a
few of our favorites. Strawberry picking is an annual rite of
welcoming Spring and makes a fun family outing. Every year we try
to pick as many as we can so that we can freeze and save some, but the
local strawberries are so delicious we tend to gobble them up and have none left over to freeze for later!
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(Chapel Hill and Durham NC)
Strawberry Picking at
Waller Family Farm
(very conveniently located, only 3
miles from Chapel Hill!)
5005 Kerley Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
Pick your own strawberries! A fun activity
for the whole family. (Located just a few minutes away from the
shopping center at New Hope Commons and Patterson Place; from New Hope
Commons on 15-501, take Mt. Moriah Rd. to Erwin Rd; left on Kerley;
Waller Family Farm is at the intersection of Mt. Sinai and Kerley Rd.)
Read our Blog:
(or at least the next few weeks in May 2012)
Family Farm in Durham, NC
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.
Nearby: When we go
strawberry picking at Jean's on a weekend, we love to stop by
The Last Unicorn, a fantastic 5-acre wonderland
of architectural antiques / outdoor garden sculptures / beautiful
wrought iron garden gates, located next door to The Governor Club.
Check out the video about
The Last Unicorn here. The Last Unicorn is located at 536
Edwards Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (approx. 8 miles from Jean's
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).
Patch - We haven't been there but saw the signs off of Mount Carmel
Church Rd. near Governor's Club
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
Bowers Farm. MAY 2012 UPDATE: Whitted Bowers Farm strawberry
pick-your-own is now closed for the 2012 season.
2012 update: Due to warm weather the strawberry picking season is
earlier and expected to be shorter than usual (3-4 weeks), so be
sure to come pick early!
Read more about Whitted Bowers Farm in this recent Saturday Evening
Post article (March/April 2012):
Check the website for
hours and updates:www.whittedbowersfarm.com
Strawberry picking updates
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.
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
(available at the
Chapel Hill Public Library)
We read this (chapter) book to our
children every night before bed, and they LOVED it. Quite often
they were all laughing out loud (ages 2 - 8!) and we all enjoyed the
story, and we especially appreciated Strawberry Girl's pluck, grace and
diplomacy in many a sticky situation.
Strawberry Ice Cream
If you have a high-power blender (the
Vita-Mix is our all-time favorite), you can easily make DELICIOUS,
all-natural strawberry ice cream in a few seconds!
Simply add to the high-speed
2 Cups of Frozen Strawberries
1/4 cup Low-Fat Milk or Soy Milk
1/4 cup Sugar (or less, to taste)
Blend on high speed for 10 seconds and
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
There is nothing like fresh
lemonade on a hot, summer day, and it's so easy to make!
6 lemons, freshly squeezed,
seeds removed (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup sugar (regular or superfine)
1 cup crushed ice
4 cups water
Have a parent place all of the
ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (If you don't have
a blender, just mix the ingredients well.) Makes 1 1/2 quarts.
Serve with ice and enjoy!
Blueberries - USDA
researchers have found that our of 30 fruits and vegetables studied, the
blueberry is the top defender of body cells against free radicals (free
radicals cause aging and diseases in the body). Even better,
blueberries are delicious! For more info visit www.blueberry.org.
soon! More recipes and ideas for meals that kids will love!
|"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." - Albert Einstein
WEBSITE FOR ASPIRING JUNIOR CHEFS! For lots of information
for aspiring young chefs (including recipes, nutrition information,
great mini-math lessons, and mini-lessons about the types of food served
in different parts of the world along with recipes for each geographic
region), see the Culinary Institute of America's website for kids at www.CIAKids.com.
Blue Ocean Institute Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood - Some fish
species are high in mercury or other dangerous contaminants; other fish
species are being over-fished or captured using methods that threaten to
eliminate the species. The Blue Ocean Institute Guide to Ocean
Friendly Seafood includes red flag notes for fish species for which one
or more consumption advisories exist from state agencies, the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, or
where consumption concerns of certain fish species have been highlighted
in scientific studies. The guide also has a color-coded fish key
showing which fish species are relatively abundant, those where problems
exist with the farming methods, and those where the species are being
overfished, have a high rate of "bycatch" (ensnaring other
creatures), and poor management etc.