Living in an apartment in Charlotte, such as Providence Row, puts all of the benefits of the city close at hand, but when you want to enjoy the country just a little, you may find yourself wondering where you should go. Fall is a time when many people feel a desire to get back to their roots and embrace the farm life. Luckily, there are several excellent farm experiences located not far from Charlotte that give you a taste of farm life not far from your apartment. Here are some worth the drive.
Hall Family Farm
Hall Family Farm is located right here in Charlotte and is open for both spring and summer produce and a fun fall corn maze. In the spring, head to the farm for pre-picked or u-pick strawberries, then stick around for a musical hayride experience. The fall corn maze features a different theme each year and runs from late September until Halloween. You just might get lost in the two miles of pathways, but you will be entertained during your journey.
Darby Acres Farm and Safari
Also located in Charlotte, Darby Acres gives you the chance to get up close and personal with animals, including both exotic and farm animals. This unique farm experience is appointment only, and you can’t get a same-day appointment, so you’ll need to plan ahead. Still, the small group experience and private setting gives you an excellent opportunity to learn about animals, pet some, and see what it takes to care for them.
Hodges Family Farm
In the fall, the Hodges Family Farm opens to the public for its annual pumpkin patch. It’s a large patch along with all of the activities and animals of a working farm, and admission is always free. You do have to pay for your pumpkin, but you’ll find the cost to be quite reasonable. Hayrides and sweet treats are available on the weekends, but it is open any day of the week.
Sweetwater Farm offers several experiences for people of all ages. A popular event is the Day on the Farm. This free event is held on the second Saturday of the month and gives guests the chance to experience what life is like on a working farm for the afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch and get ready to be refreshed by your time at the farm.
Both meat and vegetables come from farms, and B&B farms offers both. Located in Lincolnton, this farm raises beef, honey, and pumpkins. Schedule a tour to see what it takes to keep food on the table or come in the fall for some pumpkin-based fun!
Life down on the farm is definitely a different pace than city life, but both can be exciting. Enjoy a weekend excursion to the farm, then come back to your apartment ready to embrace all that city life entails.