Where to Pick Strawberries in Raleigh
Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles
We are so “berry” excited for strawberry season! The DIY Farmer in me has gone overboard this year with all the container gardening. Becky mentioned I should share all my gardening adventures. I guess she thought it was funny that I decided to get the basil-attacking-slugs drunk (Editor’s note – Beer is lethal for slugs). When that did not work, because my slugs are hard core drinkers, I tried to convince my husband to let me raise chickens. I may or may have not sketched my coop already. I will share some tips, once they actually work for me!
Since our strawberry plants did not survive the sudden freeze – I scouted the internet and Facebook pages for some info on the best strawberry picking farms. My main criteria, not further than 1 hour from my house. I did not realize all these other cities were less than 1 hour from Morrisville. I also did not realize I had so many around the corner from me. Most of them offer both pick-your-own (PYO) and pre-picked (PP).
I noticed most farms are using social media to keep their customers informed in “real time.” Check their page before going – just in case there are any changes in their schedule. Also, if you are planning on picking your own, it is important to check if they are not picked out for the day. Oh, and not all of them accept credit cards or have baskets available. I tried to as include as much information as possible in the list below …and I am planning on touring them all so I can find my most favorite strawberry picking farm.
2700 Holland Rd, Apex, NC 27502
This farm is currently open for pick-your-own strawberries. The cost is $2 per pound. You need to bring your own picking containers.
1223 Salem Church Road, Apex, NC, 27523
We love this farm! They have been selling pre-picked Sweet Charlie strawberries since last week for $14 per bucket. DELICIOUS! I was afraid to buy the large bucket since I thought it would be too much for my family. My strawberry monsters proved me wrong. They were all gone within 36 hours. This farm will be ready for pick-your-own today (4/18)
1606 Pickett Road Sanford, NC 27332
This farm opened this past Thursday, April 14th and they have pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries available. Their prices for this season are as follows: Flat $11.00, Quart $4.00 and PYO $1.80/lb.
4505 Watkins Road, Raleigh, NC, 27616
This farm is open for pick-your-own strawberries. The gallon bucket of pre-picked strawberries is $13.00. PYO gallon’s cost is $9. This farm is cash or check only.
38 Lewter Shop Road, Apex, NC
While their official season begins today, Monday 18th, they were open over the weekend. You can stop by since 7:30am for pick-your-own strawberries. The cost for PYO is 1.80 per pound and the cost of pre-pricked strawberries is $4.50 per quart. Cash/check only and you need to bring your own container to this farm.
110 Logan Farm Lane, Sanford, NC, 27330
Strawberry Picking started Friday, April 15th. This farm is one of the farthest from us, but excited to stop by so I can visit their greenhouse. I contacted the get pricing information. I will update this post as soon as I hear from them.
1544 Munns Road, Creedmoor, NC, 27522
This farm is already open for season. The cost is $1.5/lb for pick-your-own strawberries and $10 for the pre-picked bucket. This farm has other vegetables available for sale on-site. Payment is cash/checks only.
6100 Mt. Herman Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27617
While the strawberry season has already started in this farm – check their Facebook page before you decide to stop by. They are very good at announcing if there are picked out for the day in social media. The cost of their berries is $1.85/lb for pick-your-own and $14 for a pre-picked bucket.
6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary, NC, 27519
Their strawberry picking season starts today, Monday April 18th. The cost for pick-your-own is $2 per pound and the cost of pre-pricked strawberries is $4.25 per pound. Cash/check only and you need to bring your own container to this farm. If you forget it, you can buy a picking basket there for $1.25 each.
1305 Fayetteville Street, Knightdale, North Carolina, 27545
Schedule to open April 20th – check their Facebook page for further updates.
3525 NC Highway 42, Willow Spring, NC, 27592
Strawberry picking fields are currently open. Their pre-picked strawberries are also available at 7615 Ten-Ten Road. The cost of a Bucket of strawberries is $10.
443 Sanders Road, Benson, NC, 27504
The farm has been open for pick -your-own strawberries since March 31st. The cost is $2.50/lb for PYO. Pre-picked strawberries buckets are $13.50
677 NC 98 Hwy E, Bunn, NC 27508
This farm is very popular. They are one of the few certified organic berry producers in the area. They are open for you pick-your-own strawberries and the cost is $3.50 per pound. Pre-picked strawberries are also available at the farm and at Western Wake Farmers Market in Cary by the UNC Wellness Center.
5030 Kerley Road, Durham, NC, 27705
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