14 Strawberry Picking Farms near Raleigh (Wake County & Beyond)

Who doesn’t love the sweet taste of strawberries in the spring? They’re even sweeter when you pick them yourselves, and if you’ve started researching “strawberry picking near me”, we’ve got you covered.

Thankfully, you have plenty of strawberry picking farms near Raleigh in Wake County and further afield into our neighboring counties less than an hour’s drive away. 

girl holding punnet of strawberries

When is strawberry picking season? Strawberry picking is a popular activity for families and friends during the spring and summer months.

We remember when our girls were in that toddler, preschooler age, hanging out for this season to come as they loved it so much, and we were so grateful for an activity that didn’t need our creative input. 

Just show up, pass them the basket, let them have fun, sneak a few in between the cutting, and snap those cute pics of the strawberry rimmed grin. 

In addition to strawberry picking, many of these Raleigh U-pick farms offer other activities and events, including festivals, games, farm animals, farm stands, and other seasonal produce.

sisters cuddling under corn maze sign

Many of their farm activities continue throughout the year, such as pumpkin patches in the fall, Halloween fear farms, and Christmas tree farms in the winter. Some also offer birthday party packages and group tours.

The hours of operation for each farm vary and can be dependent on the supply and demand chain, so it is recommended to check their websites or call ahead before planning a visit. 

Why not make a day out of it and incorporate other things to do near the farm you are visiting like hiking trails and exploring nearby downtowns etc.

Most farms are open during the week and on weekends, with some offering extended hours during peak season. We’ve done our best to include updated information for 2023, but finding updated information is difficult as farms don’t update their websites. It’s best to phone ahead or check their Facebook.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Pre-picked berries will always be available until supplies last. The earlier you arrive the better!

Also, the photos in this post are from our strawberry picking adventures in Orange County, California. We don’t have any current photos for the U-Pick Farms in Wake County, but you get the picture, and we do a lot of strawberry picking when we travel.

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Strawberry Picking in Raleigh Area

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There are several strawberry picking farms in Raleigh and neighboring Wake County districts. Just look for the places that have more land and less development!

DJ’s Berry Patch, Apex

DJ’s is that charming southern roadside stand you’re searching for. It’s located just outside downtown Apex. This family-owned farm has been in operation for over 35 years. 

The farm is usually open for strawberry picking from mid-April to early June, but check now as strawberry season has started early in 2023.

You can enjoy picking their own strawberries or purchase pre-picked ones (picked fresh daily) They have the large Sweet Charlie strawberries that have a good balance of sweet and tart. Their Camarosa is a blood-red strawberry great for pies, shortcake and freezing. 

The farm also offers hayrides, a playground, and a picnic area for visitors to enjoy.

  • Address: 1223 Salem Church Road Apex, NC 27523
  • Website
  • Hours: ​Opens Mid-Late April to Early May
    • Mon-Sat: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Page Farms, Northwest Raleigh

Page Farms is located in Raleigh and is open for strawberry picking from mid-April to early June. Visitors can pick their own strawberries or purchase pre-picked ones. The farm also offers a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and a farm stand where visitors can purchase fresh produce.

Don’t just stop with the strawberries though. Page Farms have Pre-Picked flower bundles, which include their popular Snapdragons, as well as several other varieties of beautiful blooms.

Is there anything more beautiful than the aroma and bright colors of fresh cut flowers in your home? Even better when you’ve gifted them to someone. You can also purchase spring vegetables while here. 

  • Address: 6100 Mount Herman Road, Raleigh, NC 27617
  • Website
  • Hours:
    • ​Monday – Saturday 8AM – 6PM
    • Sundays 9AM – 6PM

Porter Farms and Nursery, Willow Spring

In Australia we’re kinda obsessed with big things – like the Big Pineapple or the Big Banana. Giant sculptures that become tourist attractions and point the way to things like banana or pineapple farms. 

At the  Porter Farms and Nursery produce stand in South Raleigh you have the Big Strawberry – large grain bin out front – painted to resemble a strawberry!

Porter Farms has five luscious acres of sweet red ripe strawberries – where the ones you eat in the fields are free! Two locations in Willow Spring and Raleigh.

Their Willow Spring Market location has rich and creamy homemade ice cream in 16 seasaonal flavors, including strawberry!

  • Address: 3525 NC Highway 42, Willow Spring, NC 27592 or 7615 Ten-Ten Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Opening Hours: Saturdays: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Sundays: 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm
    • Monday thru Friday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Website 

Phillips Farms, Cary

One of the most well-known farms in the Triangle area is Phillips Farms, located in Cary, North Carolina.

This year will be their third year of their Spring Shop & Play Saturdays featuring a market, family fun and MORE! They partner with local farmers and artisans to showcase their offerings. Each Saturday has a particular theme, so check their site for details. 

It also includes a Family Fun Zone with activities the kids will love from putt putt to cow trains. Cost $10 cash / $12 card There’ll be food trucks and local ice cream available as well. It begins Apr 22, 2023.

They’ll be open each Saturday from 9am -3pm, and they’re excited to partner with local farmers and artisans to showcase their offerings. This family owned farm has been serving North Carolina for over 100 years.

  • Address: 6720 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary, NC 27519 ·
  • Website

Ogburn Berries and Produce, Willow Springs

Located in Willow Springs just outside Fuquay Varina is Ogburn Berries and Produce, a fourth-generation family farm committed to providing the best quality strawberries and the freshest produce. 

At this Wake County farm you’ll find sweet red strawberries available for picking April through June. They also have a variety of jarred goods including our local honey and a few flavors of ice cream from a local dairy.

  • Address: 13065 Old Stage Road, Willow Spring, NC 27592
  • Hours: 
    • Monday-Saturday: 9am-7pm
    • Sunday: 12pm-5pm
  • Website

Pope’s Strawberry Farm, Knightdale

Pope’s Strawberry Farm is located in Knightdale and is open already for strawberry picking and pre-picked strawberries for purchase. 

Hunts Strawberry Farm, Raleigh

Hunts Strawberry Farm in Raleigh is open for mostly U-Pick strawberries. Come early to ensure supply. They also sell a famous pound cake and strawberry honey! 

Buckwheat Farm, Apex

Buckwheat Farm is located in Apex and is open for strawberry picking from mid-April to early June. They also have fresh bouquets of tulips for sale. 

Strawberry Picking near Wake County

person holding bunch of strawberries from the vine in hand

Below are some additional strawberry picking farms in Johnston County, Chatham County, Orange County, and Durham County.

Double R Cattle Farm, Hillsborough

This Northern Orange County farm has a long family history of farming (over 150 years). Double R typically starts their strawberry picking season in May but call ahead in case it’s earlier. They also sell grass-fed beef and pastured pork. 

  • Address: 701 Ollie Lane, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
  • Opening hours Mon- Sat 8am – 7pm; Sun closed
  • Website

McAdams Farm, Efland

The McAdams Farm has been in operation since 1885. In the year 2000, the family pivoted due to changes in the economic climate of farming, and replaced the tobacco fields with strawberries, produce, and cut flowers.

They grow about 2 acres of the Chandler variety of strawberries. Their strawberry picking season usually runs from May to June. They also have pre-picked strawberries until supplies run out. 

They also have a huge variety of produce including vegetables, fresh cut flowers, meat, local honey and eggs.

Lyons Farm, Creedmor

Lyon Farms in Granville County is a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm with pre-picked and u-pick strawberries available. They also have a Fruit and veg stand in Raleigh with other produce available. 

Smith’s Nursery and Strawberry Farm, Benson

Located in Johnston County, this farm offers pick-your-own strawberries from late April through May. They also offer pre-picked strawberries and a farm stand with other fresh produce, plants, and flowers.

A great additional feature of this strawberry farm near Raleigh is their Ice Cream Shack which offers Maple View Dairy Ice Cream products including milkshakes, slushies, and delicious hot and cold coffee drinks using the wonderful Larry’s Coffee.

For the season they’ll also host fun and educational workshops, egg hunts, lots of pick-your-own blueberries, story times, and family fun! Stay updated via their facebook page

  • Address: 443 Sanders Road, Benson, NC
  • Website

Pace Family Farms, Clayton

Pace Family Farms is a family owned farm who practices sustainable agriculture. Apart from farm fresh meat they offer pre-picked and U-Pick fresh strawberries – from mid April to around the second week in June. Check Facebook for updates. 

  • Address: 12701 Buffalo Road, Clayton, NC, United States, North Carolina
  • Website 

Waller Family Farm, Durham

Located in Durham County, Waller Family Farm has been a working farm since 1943. The tobacco fields were replaced with strawberries but they still have cows, chickens, and now horses.

They offer pick-your-own strawberries from late April through May, as well as pre-picked strawberries and a farm stand with other fresh produce. 

They also have other seasonal produce, eggs, fresh cut flowers, honey and homemade pound cake. Check Facebook for current updates. 

  • Address: 5030 Kerley Rd, Durham, NC, United States, North Carolina
  • Website

Map of the U-Pick Farms Near Raleigh

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Things to consider when strawberry picking

woman holding punnet of strawberries in strawberry field
  • The best strawberries grow in the sun. So expect little shade when picking. Arrive early in the day and wear sun protection and drink plenty of water.
  • Pick only red berries. They’re the sweet and ripe ones. The berries will get redder once they’re picked, but they won’t get sweeter!
  • Keep an eye on small children. Strawberry patches can get busy. 
  • Take care of the strawberry patches. Don’t walk on them or the black plastic surrounding them. It’s protecting the fragile strawberries. 
  • Always check with the farm as to opening hours, supply and conditions. And whether they accept cash or card. 
  • Store strawberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator
  • Don’t wash strawberries until ready to eat. It’s probably best not to eat them before you do!! 
  • Take lots of photos. Have fun!
  • Remember Mother’s Day is in May, so cover those chocolates in strawberry and serve them up to Mom with a glass of bubbly! 

In conclusion, strawberry picking farms in Wake County and in neighboring county farmland offers a fun and enjoyable experience for families and friends. 

With several farms to choose from, visitors can pick their own strawberries, enjoy other activities, and purchase fresh produce. So, grab your baskets and head out to one of these farms for a sweet and memorable day!

Do you know of any other strawberry picking farms near Raleigh? Share your favorites in the comments.

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