Pick-Your-Own Farms and Roadside Stands

Pick-Your-Own Farms and Roadside Stands

Apple picking at Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock is fun for all ages

Whether you’re looking for just-picked fruit for your cobbler, vegetables for your salad, or fresh eggs and cheese for your Sunday omelet, you’ll find it at one of the state’s hundreds of pick-your-own farms and roadside stands.

Pick your own

For a feeling of accomplishment to go with your fresh food, find a farm that allows you to do your own picking. Visit North Carolina Farm Fresh to explore more than 500 places you can go to pick your own produce. Narrow the search by selecting a specific product or county.

Most pick-your-own farms will provide you with pails for your harvest and tips for finding your produce at the peak of perfection. Kids love the adventure, and tasting something they picked themselves is a great way for them to learn about the process of growing and harvesting the food they usually only see in a grocery store. For adults, the taste of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables and the savings over regular market prices is well worth getting their hands a little dirty.

Roadside stands

If you’re looking for that just-picked taste without the manual labor, North Carolina also has roadside stands all across the state. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables right off the vine, and you can usually meet a member of the family that grew them. You’ll almost always come away with substantial savings over grocery store prices, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing the food you’re bringing home is both fresh and local.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers a comprehensive online guide to which fruits and vegetables are available from what farms and when.


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