May 10, 2018 - Food and Drink

The complete guide to 11 pick-your-own strawberry patches in the Charlotte area

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May is officially strawberry season.

And you don’t have to travel too far from the city to pick your own berries.

Here are the full details on all of the best options within an hour of Uptwon.

Bush-N-Vine

You’ll find the York Stand (also home to the farm) just under an hour out of Charlotte nestled between York and Clover. In addition to pick-your-own berries, the grounds are also home to an observation bee hive, a picnic area (complete with a sandbox) and a hiking trail that winds through the woods, across a meadow and past a wetland area.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • The season will run through late June and picking is only available on Saturday
  • Follow the farm on Twitter and Facebook for updates on picking conditions
  • You’ll be assigned a row from which to pick berries
  • Pick-your-own strawberries are $8 per half-gallon and $15 per gallon; pre-picked strawberries are available for purchase as well
  • Cash, debit, credit and checks are all accepted

Picking hours: Saturdays only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 1650 Filbert Highway, York, South Carolina
Connect: Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Carrigan Farms

You likely know Carrigan for its Quarry, a 25-foot deep natural spring-fed body of water into which swimmers can jump from the rocks, but don’t sleep on their pick-your-own options, which include asparagus, apples, pumpkins and, of course, strawberries.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • The season will last through late May
  • Pick-your-own strawberries are $12 per four-quart basket; pre-picked run $14 per four-quart basket

Picking hours: Monday – Saturday (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Location: 1150 Oak Ridge Farm Highway
Connect: Web, Facebook, Twitter

Hall Family Farm

The family owned and operated farm was in Ballantyne for 70+ years but recently sold there and moved the operation to Lancaster, South Carolina. It was by far one of Charlotte’s most popular U-Pick locations. They’re planning to open again in April 2021, and posting updates here.

Connect: Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Hunter Farm

Established in 1868, this Weddington-area farm is open to the public and is home to plenty of farm animals, community gardens and more.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • Containers are provided
  • Pick-your-own berries are $2.75 per pound
  • Picking conditions are updated daily on the farm’s Facebook page

Picking hours (dependent on availability of strawberries): Tuesday through Saturday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Sunday (12-7 p.m.)
Location: 13624 Providence Road, Weddington
Connect: Web, Facebook

The Ivy Place

The historic homesite of Adam Ivy, which operated as a dairy farm until the late 1950s, is now a well-known and meticulously tended site the hosts weddings and is complete with barns, gardens and fields of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.

What to know about strawberry picking (the farm’s most successful crop):

  • Picking season will last through early June
  • Containers are provided
  • Pick-your-own strawberries are $2.40 per pound, pre-picked $3.10 per pound

Picking hours: Monday through Friday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (1-5 p.m.)
Location: 8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, South Carolina
Connect: Web, Facebook

Kylie’s Strawberry Patch

I wish.

The Rock Hill patch, opened in 2016 and named after the owners’ granddaughter, has Facebook reviewers raving over the size, taste and quality of its strawberries.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • $2.49 per pound; 2 containers of strawberries cost $25
  • Containers are provided
  • Cash and credit cards accepted

Picking hours: Daily until 6 p.m., depending on availability; check Facebook before you go
Location: 2950 Southeastern Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Connect: Web, Facebook

Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

Though the farm is home to plenty of fruits and vegetables, it’s best known for its first-ever strawberry crop, whose profits Harold Lineberger used to propose to his wife, Patsy. In addition to plenty of pickable strawberries, the farm is also host to playgrounds, trails, educational exhibits and cider, slushies and jams all available for purchase. Pro tip: Check out their recipe page for what to do with your haul.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • You-pick strawberries cost $7-$9 per gallon
  • Cash or check only

Picking hours: Monday through Friday (9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (12-5 p.m.)
Location: 906 Dallas Stanley Highway, Dallas, North Carolina
Connect: Web, Facebook

Patterson Farm

45 minutes north of the city in Mount Ulla, this farm known for its hands-on educational programs and the 27,000+ field trips it hosts annually, first came to life focused on strawberry and pumpkin tours. It’s stuck to its roots, and in addition to fresh berries, the grounds are also host to a market, ice cream shop, snack silo, playground and barnyard.

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • Berry availability depends on weather, and it’s recommended you call (704-797-0013) or check Facebook before you head out
  • Pick-your-own berries are $14 (plus tax) for a 4-quart basket or $4 per quart; pre-picked are $15 for a 4-quart basket and $4.25 per quart
  • Baskets are provided
  • If you plan to go often, get a Strawberry Loyalty Card (pick 5 baskets, get 1 free)
  • Cash, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all accepted

Picking hours: Monday through Saturday (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Location: 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla
Connect: Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Piedmont Produce

The farm sticks to its roots (owner Allan Baucom started the farm with two types of strawberries over 10 years ago) during the pick-your-own season. Stop by the farmstand fresh produce, snacks and more.

Things to know about strawberry picking:

  • Containers are provided
  • Both pick-your-own and pre-picked berries are available
  • Pick-your-own berries cost $11 per gallon; pre-picked cost $14 per gallon. Pints and quarts are also available

Picking hours: Monday through Friday (8 a.m.-7 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (1-5 p.m.)
Location: 9509 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe
Connect: Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Springs Farm

The season will at the beginning of June, so cross the South Carolina state line sooner rather than later for picking, group tours, wagon rides and – do not skip this – homemade strawberry ice cream.

Things to know about strawberry picking:

  • Farm-provided containers are the only containers that can be used
  • Pick-your-own strawberries are $2.25/pound
  • Cash, check and credit cards all accepted

Picking hours: Monday through Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), Sunday (1-6 p.m.)
Location: 835 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Connect: Web, Facebook, Instagram

Wise Acres Organic Farm

This USDA Certified Organic farm uses natural methods to grow quality produce, and you’ll find a detailed picking guide near the red barn to guarantee you get the best berries.

Snacks and refreshments – everything from organic fruit and sugar slushies to popcorn popped in coconut oil – are available for purchase, but you’ll want to stop by Wise Pie for a shareable, made-to-order pizza, where five pizza options are made in an outdoor pizza kitchen complete with a wood-fired oven and sell out quickly.

[Agenda story: Wise Acres Organic Farm is springtime perfection with strawberry picking and an outdoor pizza kitchen]

What to know about strawberry picking:

  • Strawberries are $3.29/pound; no pre-picked available
  • Free wagons are available
  • You can check picking conditions on Wise Acres’ Facebook page
  • Cash, checks and credit cards all accepted

Picking hours: Tuesday and Wednesday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.), Sunday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Location: 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail
Connect: Web, Facebook

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