We like Jean's because they're close, but honestly we've been lazy about going picking this year because Vollmer Farm is at the Durham Farmer's Market and they have organic strawberries. I think if I went picking, I would make the effort to go all the way out there, because they are so friendly at the Market.
Yes, picking at <a href="http://www.vollmerfarm.com" target="_blank">Vollmer Farm</a> is our addiction (and we go to the Durham market every weekend). We've picked over 40lbs this season. They're in Bunn, about 35 minutes from North Raleigh. ~5lb bucket is $10 (discount if you recycle the bucket).<br><br>
I picked 10lbs on Friday, and the catch is that they have 2 acres of organics (two different varieties) and several acres of conventional (no idea what's out there, no interest). You can pick wherever you want, but if the organics were in rotation all week and now they're "suggesting" the conventional fields, it can take a while to fill up in the organic fields. Maybe call ahead.<br><br>
And yes, the season is winding down - John says as soon as temps hit 85, his crop stops producing.
<a href="http://www.ncagr.com/ncproducts/ShowSite.asp?ID=2529" target="_blank">Windy Acres Farm</a> in Efland (northern Orange Co) does pick your own (mostly organic) and John and Cindy at <a href="http://www.ecofarmnc.com/" target="_blank">Eco Farm</a> near Chapel Hill have had some pick your own days, too. they're totally organic. might be worth a call to either place.