U-Pick and Farm Activities 2018 Guide

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Looking for summer family activities? Many local farms offer U-Pick opportunities and farm stands as well as farm tours, children’s activities, playgrounds and picnic areas within an hour’s drive of Hickory. For many of the U-pick operations, because nature is unpredictable, it is advised to call ahead to check crop availability, field conditions and amenities. Generally blueberry season will begin mid- June followed by blackberries and raspberries. To make the most of your visit and to keep your family comfortable be sure to bring along sunscreen, hats, water and snacks. If you plan on staying a bit or not going directly home, a cooler can help keep your highly perishable berries fresh. Freezing your berries for future recipes is very easy to do. Remove stems and debris, wash, drain and pack into 1- gallon re-sealable freezer bags or containers. To keep the berries from sticking together you can freeze them on cookie sheets first and then pack. You can also save time by freezing recipe ready portions with sweetener included. Be sure to follow farms on facebook to keep up with crop updates and special events.

Check Catawba County Extension Website catawba.ces.ncsu.edu for other summer workshops and events.

Watermelon Grafting Workshop

10-12 p.m.
May 31 at 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
Call 828-465-8240 to register

Local Foods Cooking Class

5:30-6:30 p.m.
June 20 and July 11 at 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton
June 27 and July 18 at 110 2nd Pl. S.E Hickory Soup Kitchen
Call 828-465-8240 to register

Eat, Drink and Be Local Local Farm Feast

July 21 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Main City Cellar Club.
Tickets $30 on Eventbrite or call 828-465-8240

4-H Summer Fun Kids Camps

Check our extension website for a list of summer classes or call 828-465-8240

Catawba County

Shady Oaks Farm
3457 Yount Road, Newton

blueberries – U-Pick
sun-up to sun-down 7 days a week
cash or check

Chip Smith
7596 Greedy Hwy, Hickory

blueberries – U-Pick
cash or check
8 a.m.-8 p.m. every day

Devine Farms
2675 St. James Church Road, Newton

family activities, play area, summer kids programs, children story time
farm stand grand opening at end of June
Check facebook and website for schedule of events

Lincoln County

Linebergers Farm

strawberries – U-Pick
blueberries, blackberries and pumpkins, U-Pick and Pre-Pick
peaches and vegetables, muscadines bunch grapes- U-Pick
children’s activities, playground, hayrides
cash or check only

Iron Station- 980-241-0549
2400 Hudson Poultry Rd.

M-F 9-6:30, Sat 9-5, Su 1-5

U-pick, Pre-pick strawberries only

Dallas- 704-922-8688
906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy (Hwy 275)

M-F 9-6:30, Sat 9-5, Su 12-5

Iredell County

Howards Family Farm
250 Crater Road, Harmony

strawberries- U-PIck
farm stand
M-F 7-7 p.m.
Sat. 7-4 p.m.

Keeper Creek Farm
1679 Triplett Road, Mt. Ulla

blueberries, blackberries, raspberries- U-Pick
704-634-8228- call for hours

Prevette Family Farm
236 Williamsburg Road, Olin

blueberries, blackberries- U-Pick
bedding plants
M-F 8-5 p.m.; Sat. 8-3 p.m.

Burke County

Beans and Berries
7155 Rhoney Road, Connelly Springs, NC

figs, blueberries and raspberries- July U-Pick
muscadines- Aug. U-Pick
828-403-6989/ by appointment

Perry’s Berries
1136 Browning View Road, Morganton

blueberries- 3rd week of June
Farmstand open May 26th
educational tours ice cream, produce
T-TH-F-Sat 8-6 p.m.; Sun 11-5 p.m.

Rock Creek Farm
6520 Rhoney Road, Connelly Springs

peaches- opens mid June- Pre-Pick


  • NC Hwy 18 11 miles south of Morganton at Sugarloaf  and George Hildebrand Roads
  • Hwy 127 S. of Hickory intersection of 321

8-6 Mon.-Sat.

Countryside Berries

raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
Opens June 9th
Mon., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 8-8 p.m.

Alexander County

Blueberry Hill
2677 Paul Payne Store Road, Taylorsville

blueberries- U- Pick
call for appointment
cash only

Campbells Berry Farm
27 Tracey Bolick Lane, Hickory

blueberries- U-Pick
cash, debit, visa/mastercard
828-598-0707/ 252-422-2900

Farmers Daughter
2150 Friendship Church Road, Taylorsville

strawberries- U-Pick
cash, debit, credit
call for hours

Cleveland County

Knob Creek
6471 Fallston Road, Lawndale

strawberries, blackberries, homemade ice cream, farm stand
M-F 8-6 p.m.; Sat. 8-7 p.m., Su. 12:30-8 p.m.