I have said it before and I will say it again, one of the best things about becoming a parent is that it forces you to discover new things that you would have never found on your own otherwise. Example: strawberry picking at Carrigan Farms. Not until I became a mom did the idea to go strawberry picking come to fruition, however after seeing how much fun Joaquín had this past fall pumpkin picking, I thought we should try visiting another farm in the spring.
Carrigan Farms is a 5th generation family-owned farm located in Mooresville, North Carolina that specializes in growing fresh fruits and vegetables, which they sell directly to their customers. They also host educational school tours, field trips, weddings, swim parties, and other special events. The Carrigan’s have been farming the same land for over a century; growing everything from asparagus to apples and everything in between. When you pull up to the farm you will notice their gorgeous home nestled on the estate. Keep your eyes open for the family dog named Lady!
One of the most special things about Carrigan Farms is a hidden quarry on their property. The natural prettiness of the blue water and sky, gray granite cliffs, and white sugar sand beach create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Pictures and words attempt, but fall short of capturing the magical beauty that will amaze you.
The quarry is an outdoor facility with a covered pavilion, much like a private park, equipped to host events from March through November. Catering is also available. Most people visit for the open swim. There is always a lifeguard on duty. The quarry opens up for swimming after Memorial Day weekend.
I cannot wait to return and spend an entire day at the quarry once Joaquín is older. For now, we will have to stick to strawberry picking. Joaquín never ceases to amaze me with is his curiosity about life. He loves anything new. He sees it as an adventure and never lets fear get in the way of experiences. My wish is that part of his personality stays with him forever.
The strawberry stand at Carrigan Farms is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM – 7:30PM and Sunday from 11:00AM – 6:00PM. I highly recommend spending the day there with your family. If you are based in Charlotte, it is less than an hour’s drive away. Do not forget that each season brings new fruits and vegetables to pick!
Do you have a favorite way to eat strawberries? Let me know in the comments, as I have quite a few waiting to be eaten.