Where to Pick Blueberries in the Triangle and Surrounding Areas


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Welcome the early days of summer at these local blueberry-picking farms. Picking blueberries is not only fun outing for the whole family, but blueberries are also good for you, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Before you head out, please call ahead to be sure that the blueberry farm you would like to visit is open for the season, as opening times often vary according to weather and when the fruit is ripe. Hours may also vary due to produce availability.

Note: A late frost took a toll on many of the farms’ blueberry crops in the 2017 season. Be sure to contact locations before visiting to make sure there are enough berries to pick. 

Make the most of your blueberry fields outing:
* Follow these tips for blueberry picking and storing.
* Enjoy your pickings by trying these blueberry recipes.

Jump to your county: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake

Interested in picking strawberries? See our pick-your-own strawberry farm page here

 

Chatham County

Faircloth Farm
577 Gilmore Road, Chapel Hill, 27516
919-967-2131
https://www.facebook.com/FairclothFarm
Hours: Call for appointment; closed Sundays
2017 Season: Mid-July through third week in August
Offers pick-your-own and pre-picked berries. Check Facebook page for updates.

Patchwork Berry Farm
1575 Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill, 27517
919-590-9849
https://sites.google.com/site/pwbfarm/
info@patchworkberryfarm.com
2017 Season: Unfortunately, will not be open to the public for the 2017 season. Check back for 2018 picking season. 
Uses natural growing practices. Payment: Cash, check.

 

Durham County

Architectural Trees
6404 Amed Road, Bahama, 27503
919-620-0779
http://www.archtrees.com/
archtrees@aol.com
Hours: Call for schedule and hours. Open mid-to-late-June through July. 
Offers pick-your-own and pre-picked blueberries from ‘never sprayed’ bushes.  

Herndon Hills Farm
7110 Massey Chapel Road/Barbee Road, Durham, 27713
919-544-3313
http://www.localharvest.org/herndon-hills-farm-M7600
https://www.facebook.com/HerndonHillsFarm
Hours: Call for schedule and hours or check Facebook page. 
Offers blackberries, blueberries, and a picnic area. Pick-your-own only. Can only accommodate individuals and families. Muscadine and scuppernong grapes available for picking in September. 

 

Franklin County

Vollmer Farm
677 NC Highway 98 East, Bunn, 27508
919-496-3076
www.vollmerfarm.com
https://www.facebook.com/thevollmerfarm?_rdr
thevollmerfarm@gmail.com
Hours: Open starting mid-June to late July for blueberry and blackberry pick-your-own. Check website for hours.
Offers blackberries, blueberries, pumpkins, strawberries, honey, eggs. You-pick or pre-picked offered. A farmers market, gift shop, concessions stand, porta-potties, picnic area, and party accommodations are available.
Enjoy live music, food trucks and more at the 2017 Blueberry Music Festival on June 24, 2-10 p.m. 

 

Harnett County

Dr. Young's Pond Berry Farm
10865 NC 210 N, Angier, 27501
919-639-6360
www.dryoungspondberryfarm.com/
www.facebook.com/Dr-Youngs-Pond-Berry-Farm
info@dryoungspondberryfarm.com 
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2017 season is June 1 through July.
Offers blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and garden vegetables. Accepts cash and checks.

Just-A-Growing Produce
5705 US 421 N., Lillington 27546
910-893-2989
https://www.facebook.com/justagrowingproduce
Hours: Call for hours. 
Offers blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, fruits, veggies, jellies, and jams. Pick-your-own and pre-picked.

Steve and Cindy's Blueberry Patch
835 Roberts Road, Sanford, 27332
919-499-4678
http://www.berrywerks.com/farms/103902 
2017 season: Open June through August. Call for hours. 
Offers pick-your-own and pre-picked blueberries. Accepts cash and check.

 

Johnston County

Creekside Farm Berries
300 Pine Tree Road, Selma, NC, 27576
919-965-9969
http://www.creeksidefarmberries.com/
https://www.facebook.com/creeksidefarmberries/
2017 season: Check Facebook page for latest updates. Likely opening the beginning of July.  
Offers pick-your-own and pick up at the farm blueberries. Blackberries, seasonal vegetables, honey, blueberry salsa, syrups, jams and juice also available. 

Jim's Blueberries
331 W Wilson St., Smithfield, 27577
919-934-6721
pickitfarmfresh.com
2017 season: July through August. Call for hours. 
Pick-your-own blueberries. 

 

Lee County

Blueberry Hill U-Pick
1921 Steel Bridge Road, Sanford, 27330
919-498-4282
http://www.blueberryhillupick.com/
https://www.facebook.com/blueberryhillupick?pnref=lhc
blueberryhillupick@gmail.com
Hours: Mid-June through August. Picking is from sun up to sun down, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Monday. 
Offers multiple varieties of blueberries. Cash only. New retail store located at 3122 White Hill Road. 

 

Orange County

Cedar Grove Blueberry Hill Farm
105 Persimmon Hill, Cedar Grove, 27231
828-450-6558
http://www.cedargroveblueberry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cedar-Grove-Blueberry-Hill-Farm
cedargroveblueberry@gmail.com
Hours: Open daily, late June through mid-August, from sunrise to sunset.
Offers blueberries, natural growing practices, porta-potties and a picnic area. Cash and check only.

Hawk Hill Berry Farm
3009 Hawk Hill Road, Mebane, 27302
919-923-3275
www.hawkhillberryfarm.com
https://www.facebook.com/hawkhillfarm
info@hawkhillberryfarm.com
Hours: Opening day is July 1, 2017 (tentative). Open Monday-Friday, 7:30 to noon and 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to noon.
Uses natural growing practices for blueberries, pick-your-own and pre-picked. Offers a picnic area. Cash and checks only.

Minka Farm, LLC
120 Minka Farm Lane, Efland, NC 27243
919-304-4999
www.minkafarm.com
farmer@minkafarm.com
Hours: June through July. Call for hours. 
Animal-Welfare approved farm. Offers blueberries, figs, muscadine grapes, fresh eggs, pick-your-own and pre-picked, restrooms, farm animals, and school tours. Cash and checks accepted. Please call before you go to get updates on picking conditions or to arrange picking outside of standard hours. 

 

Wake County

Buckwheat Farm
2700 Holland Road, Apex 27502.
919-303-0339
www.buckwheatfarm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buckwheat-Farm
buckwheatfarm@bellsouth.net
Hours: Open last week of June through late July. Hours vary depending on picking conditions and availability; please call ahead. 
Pre-picked and pick-your-own. For pick-your-own, bring your own containers. Also offers honey, jams, jellies and shiitake mushrooms.

Granny Pearls Farm
7209 Mitchell Rd, Zebulon 27597
919-426-1772
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Granny-Pearls-Farm
Hours: Opening mid-June. Call for hours
Minimizes use of pesticides and other chemicals. Offers blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, pears, peaches, pecans, plums, raspberries, a picnic area, party accommodation and tours.

 

Interested in picking grapes?

(September season)

  • Crossroads Vineyard - 145 Dreamcatcher Trail, Youngsville (Franklin County) 27596. 919-554-1962 (muscadines)
  • Whispering Oaks Vineyard - 1624 Sledge Rd, Louisburg (Franklin County) 27549.  919-812-0994 (muscadine, scuppernog)
  • Griffin's Vineyard - 915 Thomas Road, Sanford (Lee County) 27330. 919-258-3587 (muscadines)
  • Adams Vineyards - 3390 John Adams Road, Willow Spring (Wake County) 27592. 919-567-1010
  • Flintstone Farm - 460-C Watson Road, Selma (Johnston County) 919-284-1100

 

Written June 8, 2014 by Carolyn Caggia
Updated June 4, 2017 by Megan Finke

 

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Historic Yates Mill County Park
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N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
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Raleigh, NC  27601
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Cost: Free

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Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
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Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Cary, NC
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Forest Hills Park
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Durham, NC  27707
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Knightdale, NC  27545
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Raleigh, NC  27612
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Raleigh, NC  27614
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Crowder District Park
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Apex, NC
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Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Cost: Free

Where:
Forest Hills Park
1639 University Dr.
Durham, NC  27707
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Telephone: 919-806-7502
Contact Name: Kate Macartney
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2513 Sidewinder Court
Apex, NC  27523
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Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Durham, NC  27707
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Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 after June 20

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Beacon Ridge Blvd.
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Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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