Best Bets for Where to Pick Strawberries in Charlotte
Check out these pick-your-own farms that offer sweet strawberries and farm fun for the kids.
Strawberry season means spring is finally here! Lucky for families in and around Charlotte, there are tons of places to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and fill your bucket with the beautiful red fruit. Strawberry picking is a fun activity that's perfect every member of the family - from toddlers to grandparents. Plan your day, choose a bucket and get to work selecting the biggest, juiciest berries for a pie, jam, as a cereal or ice cream topper or a delicious snack . Many of the places listed below include special activities so you can plan to stay a while. Welcome to the bright, sticky days of spring. Time to dig in!
Note: Check each farm's availability of berries with a phone call or check on their website before making the trip.
Come enjoy the acres of fields and activities at Charlotte's nearby oasis from the city. The Hall Family Farm was sold to Novant Health in spring 2019, but the strawberry picking season will be in full swing by mid-April. Owners of the farm say they will eventually open another property so don't miss the last season (they will be open in fall too) at this popular location which includes pre-picked and u-pick strawberries, a musical hayride, kids activities and refreshments. 10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte. 704-562-4021.
Wise Acres, a USDA certified organic farm located in Indian Trail, officially opens for spring fun April 26, but follow the Facebook page for updated hours and a complete list of activities. What makes a day of strawberry picking even better? You guess it - pizza. Wise Acres Organic Farm invites families to enjoy a day on the farm then dig into a piece of pie from Wise Pie Pizza starting mid-April on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail. 704-628-6232.
A day of berry picking at Wise Acres Organic Farm.
Photo by Liz Primm
Cabarrus and Iredell Counties
Carrigan Farms anticipates strawberry picking season to be in full swing by April 26. Take the 40 minute ride from Uptown Charlotte to pick fresh strawberries and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Don't forget the fresh asparagus and heirloom leaf lettuce available through mid-May at the strawberry patch. Plan ahead as Carrigan Farms accepts cash and checks but no credit or debit cards. 1145 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville (strawberry patch entrance). 704-664-1450.
Patterson Farm knows a thing or two about making mouth watering produce - they've been in the business since 1919. The farm hosts activities galore to go with those fresh picked berries so plan to spend some time here. Celebrate the Spring Flings on the Farm festival in April and don't miss Very Berry days May 18 and 19 to dig into all things strawberry. All that picking is going to make you hungry! We suggest a stop at the Snack Silo where they make their own kettle corn. Yum! Kids can also burn some energy on Pappaw Carl's playground for a fee. 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. 704-797-0013.
Pick berries, meet farm animals, walk the trails, play on the playground, feed the chickens, grab a few things for dinner at the roadside produce stand and much more! Lineberger's hopes to be in full berry picking swing by the end of April. Check the Facebook page for updates. Not sure what to do with all those wonderful berries? Try some of Lineberger Maple Springs Farm's strawberry recipes. 906 Dallas Stanley Hwy., Dallas. 704-922-8688.
photo courtesy of Karen Lineberger/Lineberger's Maple springs farm
Just Across the S.C. Border
Bush-N-Vine anticipates strawberry picking season starting by mid-April and going through the first week of June. This unique farm just south of Ballantyne in Lancaster hosts Strawberry Saturdays in April and May. Come relax, get your fill of strawberries and finish the day with strawberry ice cream. Don't miss the observation bee hive! Check the Facebook page about availability and conditions or text 704-651-3700. 8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, S.C.
photo courtesy of bush-n-vine
Springs Farm in Fort Mill serves up a double whammy of mouth happiness. Start in the strawberry patch picking only the biggest and best berries, then reward yourself for all that hard and sweet work with some of the best strawberry ice cream around. Win, win! 1010 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill, S.C. 803-548-3939.
The Ivy Place farm, located 15 minutes south of Ballantyne in Lancaster, S.C., grows strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries - talk about endless jam and pie possibilities. Such an idyllic little farm with a rustic barn and gardens, it's also a wedding venue. Check out the list of events! Get updates via its Facebook page on berry availability. 603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, S.C. 704-651-3700.
Image courtesy of The ivy place