Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard via Facebook

By Claire Mainprize

August 8, 2023

North Carolina farms are some of the best in the country. 

In fact, NC State University—an agricultural school itself—reports that the state produces more than half of America’s sweet potatoes (1.7 billion pounds each year), is fourth in the country for pumpkin production, and is fifth in the country for cucumbers. The warm climate also makes it one of the best states for berry picking, especially raspberries and blackberries.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west to Neuse River near the coast, dozens of farms allow visitors to pick their own delicious fruits and vegetables. 

The “U-pick” style benefits the businesses and locals alike. Owners can make the most of harvest season while locals can get back to nature, learn about local agriculture, support small businesses, and bring home the best produce they can find. It’s a win-win if you ask us! 

Fruits and veggies vary by season. During the summer and fall of 2023, U-pick farms across North Carolina offer the following crops:

  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Muscadine Grapes
  • Apples
  • Flowers
  • Pears
  • Pumpkins
  • Pecans

Here’s a comprehensive list of all the area farms and orchards where you can pick these goodies yourself. We’ve also included the months when each fruit and vegetable is ripest. However, the crop can sometimes be unpredictable, so check with each farm for its availability. 

Cherries

When to Pick: 

  • May through July

Where to Pick:

Raspberries

When to Pick: 

  • June
  • September and October 

Where to Pick:

Blueberries

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchards | Ramseur, NC via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • Mid-June through early August

Where to Pick: 

Blackberries

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchards | Ramseur, NC via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • June and July
  • September

Where to Pick:

Peaches

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchards | Ramseur, NC via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • June through September

Where to Pick:

Muscadine Grapes

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • Mid-August through mid-October

Where to Pick:

Apples

When to Pick:

  • August through February

Where to Pick:

Flowers

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • April through October

Where to Pick:

Asian Pears

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Circle L Farms via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • August through September 

Where to Pick:

Pumpkins

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Carrigan Farms via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • September and October

Where to Pick:

Pecans

Your Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Historic Oak View County Park via Facebook

When to Pick:

  • November and December

Where to Pick:

Historic Oak View County Park, Raleigh

 

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Author

  • Claire Mainprize

    Claire Mainprize is a writer and editor who covers the intersections of pop culture, lifestyle, and spirituality. Find more of her work at ClaireMainprize.com.

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