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Herndon Hills Farm
What it is: We have been anxiously waiting on the opening of Herndon Hills Farm this summer. After some wonderful strawberry picking at other farms this spring, we couldn't wait to try our hand at blueberry and blackberry picking. Now, the time has come and Herndon Hills is open again and with the opening comes the opportunity for people to grab a bucket and pick as many blueberries as they want and if they're lucky, some blackberries too. Later in the year, they also have grapes to pick.
What we liked: We love the opportunity to pick our own delicious berries and teach our sons where their food actually comes from. My child had a great time running through the berry patch with his bucket, picking berries and placing a few straight into his mouth. In addition, it is in a convenient part of town to get to. Parking is easy and pricing is reasonable, so it's a great way to spend a morning. (Keep in mind that since the farm is their home and source of income, kids need to be supervised at all times and the only fruit they make money is the fruit that makes it to the cash register.)
What we would change: I've noticed it can get pretty hot out there, as can be expected in berry picking, so make sure that you dress appropriately with sunscreen, hat, etc. The one other minor drawback is the small amount of blackberries. If you don't get there really early in the morning, then there are no more blackberries available for that day. We were there by 9am today and didn't even get any.
Website and other important information: Herndon Hills Farm is located in South Durham near Southpoint Mall.
Website: http://www.pickyourown.org/NCpiedmont.htm (While Herndon Hills does not have its own website, this site has information on it and many other U-Pick farms in the area.)
Harvest Dates: Blueberries can be harvested from June through July, and grapes can be harvested late August through September. Please call for specific dates.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 7am-noon
Pricing: $2.75/lb. for blueberries and $3/lb. for blackberries
Address: 7110 Massey Chapel Road