There’s just something about being out in the heat, getting your hands dirty, and getting your produce straight from the source. Some of my BEST childhood summer memories are of the giant vegetable gardens that I was expected to help with every year. I’m sure my mom is reading this right now and having to pick her jaw up off of the floor. Maybe she didn’t realize that my whines, complaints, and general annoying child behavior were actually the makings of good memories. 😉
I’m trying to give that same dirty hands experience to my own kids and luckily they’re doing it with a lot less whining and complaining than I ever did! We live in an area where real farms are just a short drive down the road, each one specializing in something unique. If you want to pick blue, black, or rasberries, Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm in Angier is THE place.
To pick at Dr. Young’s Pond, you don’t have to pay a picking fee or anything like that. After parking, make your way to the farmstand and let them know you’d like to pick. The friendly faces behind the counter will give you buckets to use and pass on a few tips and tricks for getting the best berries. They’ll actually walk you out to the field and make sure you know where each type of berry is growing and how to find the ones ripe for the pickin’. You stay out in the rows of berries, pick until your buckets are full (or until you’ve gotten the amount you want), then head back to the farmstand where they will weigh your loot and let you know your total.
A few things to keep in mind when you head to Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm:
- It is hot. You will be outside. Dress apporpriately and bring some water to drink.
- You are charged per pound for berries. Keep each type separated into different buckets as you pick.
- You must pay with cash or check only.
- Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm hours vary. Check out their Facebook page for updates or visit them online.
- Blueberries are the easiest to pick and definitely in the greatest supply right now. Blackberries and rasberries are still around though especially if you get out there early.
Here’s my biggest piece of advice: get out there with your family, get sweaty, and get pickin’. It’s an incredible family expereince and one that will build memories to last a lifetime. Not to mention, you’ll leave with some of the tastiest berries I’ve EVER had.
– Check out Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm on Facebook.
– Check out Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm online.
– Wondering what to do with these AMAZING berries? Try putting them in this delicious blueberry cobbler cake recipe. It’s pretty easy and oh so yummy. 🙂