Patchwork Farm: Blueberries!
Isn't that, like, the best picture ever to entice to read this post? Love it. And it really was taken at Patchwork Farm in Chapel Hill, right off of Old Lystra Road. Because in addition to rows and rows and rows of blueberrries, Patchwork Farm has 2 adult goats and 2 billies to feed and watch. C was a little obsessed with the goats (had to use the goats as enticement for him to keep picking blueberries). Patchwork Farms was simply a great time for us.
This farm is family owned. They have actually had the property for years yet just put in blueberry bushes and opened up for picking last summer. So although this is only year 2 of picking for the public, it is GREAT picking. We got over 3 pints off of just 2 bushes. And there were rows and rows to be had still.
I also really appreciated the family nature of this business. The owner greeted us when we arrived, told us where to pick, and also helped us feed the goats when C was allowed. If the owners aren't out when you go, or if they leave while you pick, whenever you need them there is a big bell to ring (also a hit with the kids).
They provide containers and buckets to put your blueberries in, including a genius thing where you tie the container to your waist so you can pick 2-handed. They also have step stools to sit on if you want while you pick.
There were also some little tot yard toys such as a playhouse and slide near the blueberry patch.
The cost was $2 a pound. No problems. And "nothing but water" on the blueberries. Which is great considering that everyone who was picking was also taking them straight off the branch and into the mouth. Delicious.
Picking is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7 am to 7 pm ("if you can see 'em, you can pick 'em"). You can call ahead and/or visit their website before going if you would like.
Patchwork Berry Farm
1575 Old Lystra Road