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.
I'm a fan of taking my children to pick fresh strawberries each year, and this year, much like last, the picking season is early at some farms. Enjoy a sunny spring day at the farm and bring home a few buckets of strawberries for eating, freezing and making ice cream, strawberry jam and smoothies. Don't forget to bring a hat and wear sunscreen as it can get hot picking berries in the field.
Note: Check each farm's availability of berries with a phone call or check on their website before making the trip.
Acres of fields are ripe for the picking just around the corner from Ballantyne's urban landscape. Enjoy hayrides and slushies, too, and there are plenty of activities for children, including a musical hayride and live animals to meet, plus a doughnuts and ice cream. 10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte. 704-562-4021.
We had a blast picking strawberries at this organic farm. They have slushies and organic cotton candy, a recycled-tire playground, sand box and more kid-friendly activities. Follow the farm's Facebook feed for strawberry picking conditions. 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail. 704-628-6232.
A day of berry picking at Wise Acres Organic Farm.
Photo by Liz Primm
Just on the edge of town, Hunter Farms prides itself on pesticide-free strawberries. They also have a petting zoo and hayrides. Follow them on Facebook for daily updates on strawberry availability. 13624 Providence Road, Matthews. 704-846-7975.
Cabarrus and Iredell Counties
A fifth-generation family-owned farm, Carrigan Farms is a year-round favorite for families to visit. The farm opens for strawberry picking April 21, 2017, and is then open seven days a week. 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-1450.
In addition to picking strawberries at Patterson Farm, kids can explore the barnyard and playground. During the week, the farm hosts field trips, so you must purchase a special arm band to venture into the barnyard. Weekdays in May, there's a puppet show at 1 p.m. (arrive by 12:45 p.m.) for $8.50 (plus tax) per person, which includes the puppet show, a visit to the barnyard, a hayride, and picking a pint of strawberries, plus fun in the playground and picnic area. Follow Patterson Farm on Facebook for updates on strawberry availability. 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. 704-797-0013.
Pick berries, meet farm animals, walk the trails, and explore educational activities. Try some of Lineberger Maple Springs Farm's strawberry recipes for enjoying all the strawberries — that is if you make it home with any left. 906 Dallas Stanley Hwy., Dallas. 704-922-8688.
Just Across the S.C. Border
Open Monday-Saturday, this farm in York County has pick-your-own strawberries, as well as blueberries and blackberries when in season. Sip on a strawberry slush after having a picnic lunch, and let little ones play in the sandbox, or tour the farm on the hiking trail. 1650 Filbert Hwy., York, S.C. 803-684-2732.
Be sure to have some homemade soft-serve ice cream while you are here. 1010 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill, S.C. 803-548-3939.
Kylie's Strawberry Patch is located on the outskirts of Rock Hill. The owners of the farm started Kylie's Strawberry Patch in 2016 and named it for their granddaughter. The 1.5-acre farm has strawberries ripe for the picking. Follow them on Facebook to see updates on strawberry availability. 2950 Southeastern Road, Rock Hill, S.C.
The Ivy Place farm, located 15 minutes south of Ballantyne in Lancaster, S.C., grows strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Such an idyllic little farm with a rustic barn and gardens, it's also a wedding venue. Get updates via its Facebook page on berry availability. 603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, S.C. 704-651-3700.