Oakley Farm: Strawberries!
Strawberries on the mind? Yeah, here, too. Last year we went to Jean's Berry Patch, which is popular and great. But I wanted to branch out a little - dip my paws in a different berry patch. Thus a quick trip to the very convenient (for me) Oakley's Berry Patch.
This is a farm off of Whipporwill Road, off of Old Fearrington, off of... ok just view the map on their website.... in Chapel Hill. Now this is a smaller shop than Jean's. Smaller patch itself, less organized, and definitely less employees milling about helping and overseeing. However, the berries are just as gorgeous. And part of the joy of picking is feeling like you are walking on to someone's yard, and they might be a friend and HEY, they might just might have some extra good-looking strawberries they won't be able to eat, so HEY, why don't you grab some? And that's the vibe of Oakley's.
Of course, you do have to pay, because they aren't really your friend. It is $1.50/lb for you pick, $3/lb if they pick for you. Which if you compare this to last year's post, note that Jean's has gone up in price and the prices are the same for you pick, a little cheaper at Oakley's for getting berries picked for you. But, really, isn't the point to do your own picking? Come on, get dirty.
So one thing I couldn't quite figure out is if the electric fence that borders the entire strawberry patch was on. I didn't test it out, of course, so just use caution.
Bring your own containers to tote your berries home in. They'll give you plastic buckets for the picking time, but you need to bring something to take them home.
Oakley's is open Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm (unless otherwise noted on their website), Saturdays 7 am - 6 pm, and Sundays 9 am - 6 pm. Yet only while the berries are there.
So get out there and enjoy! I love strawberry time...
383 Oakley Farm Road