Looking to get lost in a corn maze, cuddle goats or pick your own fruit? Look no further — here’s the info you need on our favorite farm festivals. We’ll add to this list throughout the season.
:: Pick Your Own Apples: Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon
Blueberry Thrill Farm, in Gibsonville, has a wide variety of apples that ripen from late August to mid October. Pick a peck for $15 — thats 11 pounds. A half peck is $8. Get there from Southern Pines in about an hour and a half.
:: AppleFest 2018: Weekends through September
Millstone Creek Orchards’ apple crop may have been wiped out this year, but they’re sill hosting hayrides, cider pressing demos, a pie eating contest and more. Admission is $8; kids 2 and under are free. Get there in an hour. Info.
:: Feast in the Field Farm Dinner: Sept. 15
Take a tour of Olde Carthage Farms, the only organic berry farm in Moore County, before having a multi-course dinner prepared by local chefs and served at a community farm table. Tickets are $75; cash bar. Info.
:: Malcolm Blue Festival: Sept. 22
See blacksmiths, wood carvers, cloggers and storytellers at work. Pet the farm animals, mine gems, ride a pony and in a horse-drawn wagon. Sample fair food and beer. Admission is $5 per person, $20 max per family. Kids under 5 are free. Info.
:: Traditional fall fun: Weekends, Sept. 28-Oct. 31.
Local favorite Kalawi Farms, in Eagle Springs, has long offered corn mazes and hayrides, as well as a giant barrel slide built into a hill. A “blob” jump pillow has recently been added to the kids’ area. Prices vary per activity. Info.
:: Fall Farm Day: Oct. 7
Visit the dairy and cuddle baby goats at Paradox Farm from 1-4. Free, but parking is $5 per car. Info.