Opening Day for 2022 picking at Pack House Farm was Saturday, June 18th. This was a couple of weeks earlier than we had anticipated, so we weren’t completely ready for visitors. We have added a new covered area for sales and relaxing in the shade – so no more working under a tailgating tent!
We plan to be open every Saturday 8am to Noon between now and the end of July. We are no longer picking by appointment only. Depending on how the berries come in, we’ll be opening for a few “Twilight Picking” sessions too. The best place to find out about those are on Facebook – or feel free to give us a call. I love talking about berries!
Here are a few things to plan on when coming out to pick berries:
Our goal is to provide fresh picked fun and a connection to agriculture through our farm. We work all year long so that we can share this with others for a few short weeks each summer. We hope you will come out and join us!
One of our favorite pizza joints in Cary closed a few years ago, and we’ve missed their unique flavor combinations (hello, pimento cheese & jalapeno pizza). When the first berries started turning deep blue this year, we created a pizza that would’ve been worthy of their fantastic menu!
Blueberry & Bacon Pizza
Whether you have visited Pack House Farm, another local pick-your-own farm, or are selecting berries at the grocery store, these tips will help you get the best berries this summer!
Wishing you the berry best this summer!
My earliest childhood memory is helping my grandparents sell sweet corn and other produce at a Farmers Market in Carrboro, NC. Thirty-some years later, one of my favorite things to do is visit a Farmers Market. I’m sure it is the combination of business, agriculture, and salt-of-the earth people that attracts me to any Farmers Market or road-side produce stand I pass.
Today was Blueberry day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and I made time to visit. I enjoyed browsing, sampling, and buying local North Carolina products. Blueberries were on full display! A few of photos of my experience are below.
Take time to visit a Farmers Market this summer! Encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing this information. If you’re in Raleigh, a calendar of special events at the State Farmers Market can be found here.
May was a hot, dry month in Central NC. We had to irrigate a little early this year. Blueberries are starting to get a little color – hope to have some ready by mid-June. The bees are working the 2019 blackberry crop like it’s their job (which it is). Speaking of bees – the first honey crop is in the works! Hoping for a few rainshowers in June!
If you’re looking something fun to do this weekend, look no further than the Got To Be NC Festival at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh! Follow this link for more information and a schedule of events. It’s like the NC State Fair, but smaller and no admission fee! Make sure you stay for the tractor parade – you never know who you might see!
To be honest, life and rain have gotten in the way of spending a lot of time in Chatham lately. After the Plane Pull and before church, we put in a couple hours at the farm.
The blooms are starting to turn into fruit. So excited that there may be a harvest this year! Mocking birds, you are on warning, and I have good aim. A few more rows have been added, so we’re sitting at almost to 200 bushes. Spread a little mulch, and did a couple row markers. Since blackberry sonker (See our Recipes page) is one of my most favorite things, excited to see the 4 new blackberry rows thriving. Checked on the bees, but didn’t find Beeatrice (👸). They are so much fun to watch! Dropped my first frame and got one sting – not so fun.
Gorgeous and perfect day!!
– Preppy Bumpkin