Day: September 27, 2017

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If you’re looking for a true and classic family farm where you can have a good time with your family, Hall Family Farm is the place to go. Located in Charlotte’s Ballantyne area, Hall Family Farm is a family-owned and operated farm that has been successfully in business for the past 70 years – and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

While the farm originally grew cotton (something that they no longer do), they offer a wide variety of produce, from strawberries in the spring, to seasonal vegetables in the summer, to corn and pumpkin in the winter – and much more. One can buy these in their in-farm sales tent.

The services of this farm do not stop at food, however. Hall Family Farm offers several family activities, picnic tables and hayrides, along with children-specific activities. They also offer several refreshments and snacks in their sales tent for visitors to enjoy.

 

Contact Information:

Address: 10713 Providence Rd West, Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: (704) 562-4021

Website: http://hallfamilyfarm.com

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If you’re looking for a farm that’s a little set apart from the rest, you should definitely give Ross Farms a try. Located in the Queen City itself, Ross Farms is a perennial nursery that specializes in growing high-quality flowering plants. While they do not (and in fact cannot) grow hard-core gardening plants, they do have a very wide collection of perennials, which in fact make up 99% of everything they produce.

Ross Garden has perennials for all sorts of gardens, tastes and varieties. In addition to growing classic perennials such as hosta, phlox, peony and veronica, among others, they offer special perennials that specifically attract certain animals and insects, such as finch and honey bees. They also offer ornamental and designer plants, as well as groundcovers for decorative purposes. Ross Farms grows several hard-to-find varieties of plants as well.

No matter what sort of perennial you’ve been looking for, there’s every chance you will find it here.

Contact Information:

Address: 9424 Community House Road, Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: (704) 543-6388

Website: https://www.rossperennialfarm.com

ALL-NATURAL-FARMS-LLC

If you’re partial towards food that is absolutely natural, there’s no place like All Natural Farms. Located in Rutherfordton, All Natural Farms LLC specializes in producing and supplying premium quality organic meat. A family-owned and operated business, the farm, spread over 50 Acres, produces a wide variety of meat such as (but not limited to) grass fed lamb, Grass and grain finished Beef, free range chickens and Pasture Raised pork.

The farm raises their own meat, and makes it a point to not include any sort of antibiotics or added hormones. Their meat is flash frozen and vacuum sealed and thoroughly inspected and certified by the USDA.

Contact Information:

Address: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Rd, Building B, Charlotte, NC 28217

Phone: N/A

Website: http://allnaturalfarms.org

Windcrest Farm Organics

If you’re looking for a farm that offers a very wide range of products, you should definitely put Windcrest Farm at the top of your list. Founded by Ray and Mary Roberts Tarlton (who are also the co-owners and managers of Final Touch Construction Services), Windcrest is a family-owned and operated farm that is spread over an area of 14 acres and located in Monroe, 30 miles south of downtown Charlotte.

The farm is dedicated to biodiversity and sustainable agriculture principles and to that end, makes it a point to grow products and plants that are friendly to the ecosystem and to the customers. The farm grows over 250,000 flower, herb and vegetable plants every year, and includes rare plant varieties as well. True to their motto, all of their flowers and produce are Certified Organic by the USDA, using amendments that meet the standards of the National Organics Program (NOP), organic fertilizers and natural methods of pest control.

Besides farming, the farm supplies home gardeners and farmers markets, and conducts hand-on classes to guide gardeners and farmers at the beginning of their career on learning the tenets of sustainable agricultural practice.

Contact Information:

Address: Monroe, NC

Phone: 704-764-7746

Website: http://www.windcrestorganics.com

Poplar Ridge Farm

If you’re looking for a great farm with good produce, Poplar Ridge Farm is the place you should go to. Located 24 miles south of Uptown Charlotte, Poplar Ridge Farm small-yet-very-popular farm that offers some of the best produce in the Charlotte, NC area.

An Organic Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that is certified by the USDA, Poplar Ridge Farm was founded by Marianne Battistone and Philip Norwood – athletes who have been involved in and made great contribution to the field of advanced nutrition and organic food movement since their teenage years. The family-owned and managed farm grows a wide variety of herbs and produce, which it sells through online orders and on-farm market stands, and also supplies to high end restaurants in Charlotte’s metro area. Rather than focusing on wholesale sales and farmers markets, Poplar aims to serve the local community and makes the local area its sole focus.

Contact Information:

Address: 1619 Waxhaw Indian Trail Rd S, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Phone: 704-843-5744

Website: http://www.poplarridgefarmnc.com/

Carolina Balloon Fest

Do you love hot air balloons? Then you must make it a point to attend this festival! Carolina Balloon Festival is a fun-filled weekend festival that takes place in the 3rd weekend of October, and includes a wide variety of attractions and activities – all revolving around hot air balloons. Taking place every year since 1974, the festival’s main attraction is the colorful and beautiful sight (and sound) of over 50 hot air balloons that launch twice daily against the beautiful autumn weather. There are also other balloon-related activities such as walk-in balloons and tethered balloon rides that can be enjoyed.

There are several that activities have very little to do with balloons as well, from stage magicians and an inflatable-filled Kids’ Zone for the small ones, bungee jump and wall-climbing for the adventurous, as beer and wine tastings for adults looking for a different kind of experience. Needless to say, one can never have a dull time at the Carolina Balloon Festival.

Contact Information:

Address: 260 Hangar Dr, Statesville, NC 28677

Phone: 704-818-3307

Website: http://www.carolinaballoonfest.com

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Are you a history buff, or at least a fan of all things Medieval? In that case, you should definitely head over to The Carolina Renaissance Festival. Filled with costumed historical characters, one-of-a-kind entertainment and attractions, fun rides and games, thrilling live performances, and some of the best and most authentic food, this festival truly brings the medieval times to life and is a treat of all kinds.

The over 2-week long festival, which functions as an artisan marketplace and a Medieval amusement park definitely has a lot to do. A wonderful reconstruction of 16th century Europe, the annual festival features several top-line live performances such jousting knights, roaming jesters, fire jugglers, and aerial acrobats. There are various fun rides, such as Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, and more fun games than one can count! There’s also lot of opportunities to shop, and tasty, authentic food such as fish-and-chips and turkey legs.

Contact Information:

Address: 16445 Poplar Tent Rd Huntersville, NC, 28078

Phone: (704) 896-5555

Website: https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com

Yiasou Greek Festival

Are you a fan of all things Greek? Then this festival is definitely the place for you to be!

One of the biggest cultural events of Charlotte, the Yiasou Greek Festival is (as the name implies) a Greek-themed festival that offers multitudes of activities that cater to all sorts of tastes and ages. From shopping and dining, to kids’ rides and play areas, to classy parties and wine tastings, and much more, there’s nothing that this festival does not offer to visitors!

Held in the second week of September, the Yiasou Greek Festival features authentic cultural exhibits that portray the history and richness of the Greek culture. There are also several live performances that will enthrall visitors, including nationally-renowned Greek bands, dance performances and live re-enactments. There a lot for the shopper as well, from belly dancing skirts and Greek jewelry to beautiful mementos and souvenirs. The festival also features several high-end wine tasting sessions and cooking demos.

Contact Information:

Address: 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: (704) 334-4771

Website: https://yiasoufestival.org

Charlotte Film Festival

If you’re a fan of films, you simply cannot miss this one. One of the most famous festivals of the Queen City, the Charlotte Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival that gives a chance to up-and-coming filmmakers while giving visitors a chance to watch something new and innovative. Featuring both emerging and veteran filmmakers, and some of the best and most outstanding artists, the Charlotte film festival works as a great platform where laymen, beginners and experts unite and exchange ideas and opinions – besides seeing films of course.

All in all, this is a full, interesting week that is dedicated to creativity, art, and of course, films.

Contact Information:

Address: 9110 Kings Parade Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Website: http://www.charlottefilmfestival.org

Hola Charlotte Festival

If you’re looking for the best Latin experience, this uptown street festival is indeed the place to be.

A free, annual, street festival, the Hola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival is one of the best representations of Latin culture in the state, and is filled with family-friendly, fun activities that everyone can enjoy. The largest Hispanic Heritage event in both Carolinas, the Hola Charlotte highlights the richness and diversity of the Latin way of life through art, music, dance, food and much more.

The festival takes place in the first week of October in Center City, and features nationally recognized entertainers as well as a constructed Latin American Village which highlights the culture and heritage of 15 different Latin countries.

Contact Information:

Address: N Tryon St. & W 6th St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-405-3170

Website: https://holacharlottefestival.com