Visit Farms in the Triad, Triangle and Sandhills

Visit Farms in the Triad, Triangle and Sandhills

Elodie Farms in Rougemont

On farms in central North Carolina, cotton was once king. Today our enterprising farmers raise everything from butterflies to ostriches and grow crops ranging from strawberries to popcorn. When you visit, you’ll always head home with a fresh perspective.

All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm
High Point
As the name implies, Tim and Donna Pless raise endangered monarch butterflies. From April through mid-October, the farm hosts group tours with advance notice and opens its doors to the general public on Saturdays. Come on these “Family Days” and enjoy learning about the butterfly’s life cycle, get a tour of the flight house and feed butterflies by hand. The farm also does butterfly releases for events.

Celebrity Goat Dairy
Siler City
This working farm uses time-honored French farmstead techniques to make fresh goat cheese. The dairy only opens to visitors a few times a year. In February, you can see newborn goats, or maybe even witness a birth. In April, the farm shows off its low-impact and sustainable agriculture methods. On Thanksgiving weekend, after the year’s cheese-making is finished, you can come back and see how the babies have grown into adolescent goats.

Elodie Farms
This quiet, scenic goat farm 30 minutes north of Durham is known for its Dinner on the Porch events featuring talented chefs from some of the Triangle area's favorite restaurants. The gourmet monthly dinners sell out fast, so watch Elodie's website for details. You can also call in advance to arrange tours or buy goat cheese, and the farm regularly hosts weddings, private parties and other events.

Gillis Hill Farm
Gillis family members are eager to share more than 200 years of family farming history with visitors. You can find out how each new technological innovation made farming a little more productive and efficient. You’ll also learn how crops such as tobacco, cotton, soybeans and corn were the economic engine that powered this area for centuries. Make sure to take a wagon ride and sample some homemade ice cream.

Hill Ridge Farms
At this 55-acre recreational farm, you can pick your own produce or schedule a corporate outing at the conference center. Climb aboard Big John, a 16-gauge, 100-passenger steam engine for a tour of the farm, and then pan for gems at the gemstone mining sluice. You can also pet and feed the animals the Farm Animal Corral.

Maple View Farm
The Maple View Agricultural Center hosts school groups and birthday parties during the week and gives public tours on the weekends. Of course, what Maple View is really famous for in these parts is its Holstein Dairy Farm, which produces top-quality fresh milk and ice cream. The popular dairy products are all available at the farm’s store seven days a week.

Shallowford Farms Popcorn
Pop in at this farm and let your kids discover that popcorn doesn’t grow on trees or inside a microwaveable bag. You can arrange tours for groups of 10 or more to see how to grow, harvest and pop popcorn. At the gift shop, you can buy special gift tins sporting professional and college sports logos, NASCAR tins, John Deere toy tractors, as well as stove-top and antique replica popcorn poppers.

Vollmer Farm
Prime time on the Vollmer spread is spring, when strawberries are ripe, and fall, when bright pumpkins and gourds fill the fields. Any time you visit, Farmer John’s Country Café and Market serves up homemade ice cream and treats, plus roasted corn on the cob and homemade chili. Hay rides, pony rides, marshmallow roasts over a bonfire, cane-pole fishing and John Deere trike track racing add to the fun of being on a farm.

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