Summer Fun in the Piedmont

Summer Fun in the TriangleWhile some annual events in our area might have been cancelled or scaled back this summer due to the ongoing (but improving) Covid situation, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out of the house for some fun – and safe – outdoor activities.

July 4th Celebrations

Cary’s traditional Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park includes a fishing tournament, parade, donut eating and watermelon seed spitting competitions, and a free NC Symphony Independence Day concert with fireworks at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Raleighs Independence Day celebration is indeed spectacular, with massive displays at the PNC Arena, Carter-Finlay Stadium, and NC State Fairgrounds, as well as a 4th of July event on the grounds of the State Capitol and a fun street party downtown.

Wilmington’s Waterfront Park is the place to be for an unforgettable 4th of July fireworks display deployed from a barge in the middle of the Cape Fear River, just a short distance from the USS North Carolina. Although this year the historic downtown area will not be hosting the traditional food vendors and entertainers of years past, the city’s fireworks are typically some of the state’s most impressive.

Free tickets need to be reserved in advance for Durham’s 4th of July Laser Light Show at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Attendees are allowed to watch from their cars or from chairs set up directly in front of their vehicles, in reserved parking spots. Food trucks will be on hand, and the fireworks themselves will get started immediately following the July 4th Durham Bulls baseball game. The game starts at 6pm; laser light show at 9pm.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament / Morehead City / June 11-20, 2021

Morehead City’s 63rd annual Big Rock event will feature several exciting sportfishing competitions in 2021 including a weeklong Blue Marlin fishing tournament, KWLA (Keli Wagner Lady Angler) ladies-only billfish tournament, and inaugural Big Rock Kids billfish tournament, a little later in the summer: July 14-17. Big Rock’s mission of promoting sportfishing and conservation, preserving the heritage of sportfishing, and promoting marine education in Carteret County has also included a tremendous amount of financial support to community-based nonprofit organizations. In 2020 alone, the tournament donated over $650,000 to local charities!

Summer Music & Outdoor Concert Series

Raleigh’s “The Best of North Hills – A Comeback Tour” is a celebration of the return of live Motown, oldies, beach music and R&B through mid-summer (May 27 – July 22), then on into autumn starting August 13. Tickets are $10 to these fun Thursday night musical events taking place at the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. 100% of proceeds are donated to local charities. 

Pittsboro’s Summer Music Series takes place each Saturday evening through June 26 at the Carolina Brewery (120 Lowes Drive, #100), with performers taking to the stage between 5:30 and 8pm. Some of this year’s most anticipated groups include New Orleans-style jazz musicians “New Orleans Masquerade,” and renowned blues performers “Robichaux, Reynolds and Rosebrock.” 

Asheboro holds its own Sunday evening free Summer Concert Series at Bicentennial Park throughout the summer: rhythm & blues, soul, beach music and more.

Traingle Musicians and Summer FunDowntown Raleigh’s “Noon Tunes at City Plaza” is a free concert series sponsored by the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts each Wednesday. Pack a sack lunch and enjoy some lively tunes, dancing and other live performances – including acts presented by the Carolina Ballet and NC Opera – between Noon and 1pm at City Plaza.

The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama / Manteo, NC / May 28 – Aug 21, 2021

Many people are unaware of the rich cultural history of Roanoke Island and the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, or the many activities and resources that are open to the public there. Besides very visitor-friendly art galleries, cafes and an aquarium, an outdoor theater at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre hosts Monday-Saturday evening symphonic performances – The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama – depicting the story of the late 16th century English settlement that mysteriously disappeared between the year of settlement – 1587 – and the date on which English ships returned to the area with supplies, just three years later.  

Funds raised from The Lost Colony’s Wine, Beer & Culinary Festival, September 24-26, support this outdoor drama, which happens to be our nation’s longest-running outdoor production. Chefs and local restaurants will offer food samples and wine pairing events, while North Carolina vineyards will be on hand to introduce guests to several delicious regional wines.

Summer Festivals

Murfreesboro’s 36th Annual NC Watermelon Festival, Aug 4-7, 2021, promises four full days of rides, parades, races and more including the much-anticipated Little Farmer and Little Miss Farmer competitions and an autograph signing by the one and only NC Watermelon Queen! This is a true community-wide event, with several live local musical performances, home-cooked food and – of course – mountains of sweet, juicy watermelon.   

Cary’s popular Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival takes place in late summer – August 28/29 in 2021 – on Academy Street at Town Hall. Featuring scores of artists, food vendors and live musicians, the Festival welcomes thousands of visitors each year who are interested in dabbling in the culinary or visual arts, visiting local exhibits and galleries, or simply strolling the festival seeing what’s going on in the world of arts and crafts.

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0 Lawrence Road Wake Forest NC 27587

BEAUTIFUL Heavily Wooded 37.5 Private Acres with Development Potential in Wake Forest! Awesome Trail System in Place with Mature Trees Everywhere! Slightly Rolling Terrain.

Great Location only minutes to Falls Lake and close to Raleigh. Build your Dream Home or Family Compound! No Soils Work in Place. Property is Accessible from Bluebell Lane. No Recent Survey. Call for details!! $656,250 or $17,500 per acre.

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Hurdle Mills Farm for Sale on 20 Acres

9710 Tapp Road in Hurdle Mills

(UNDER CONTRACT) $329,500! This Secluded, Private Farm on nearly 20 Acres is the Perfect Getaway! The Well Maintained Manufactured Home Has 4 Bedrooms / 3 Baths + A Huge Attached Garage w/ Large Unfinished Room Above that Offers Flexibility if you need More Room. The Land has 20+/- Acres Ideal For Gardens, Horse Pastures or Recreation. Small Pond can be Expanded. Master Suite + 3 Additional Bedrooms. Family Room Off Kitchen, New Carpet. Screened Porch & Large Deck Overlook the Fields & Wooded Areas. A Nature Lovers Dream! 9710 Tapp Road Hurdle Mills NC 27541

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Grace Cove Lane Sold in Wake Forest NC

Grace Cove Estate at Falls Lake

(SOLD) Exquisitely Designed Grace Cove Estate Home on 30 plus private acres adjoining Falls Lake! Heavily wooded, gated, paved drive, 8000+ square feet, pool and more! $2,395,000

Two story foyer at custom marble-tiled entryThis exceptional property is located just minutes from Falls Lake and close to both Raleigh and Durham. Built in 2008, the custom five bedroom, seven full bath home offers all of the amenities including an open floor plan, HUGE kitchen, first floor master, four car garage with bathroom, a two car garage/workshop downstairs, outdoor porches and patios, pool, custom waterfall and Koi pond, and attentive landscaping throughout.

Interiors feature ten foot ceilings on the first floor with five piece crown molding, heated floors, domed stained glass, a two story foyer with custom marble, arched doorways, elevator, extensive custom mill work, custom wrought iron, heart of pine floors, granite vanities, an extensive security system and so much more. Over 1,200 sq. ft. of unfinished space and storage! Poolside covered entertainment area

The quartz counter tops in the kitchen are matched with stainless steel appliances and Sub Zero freezer. There are two fireplaces with wood stove in the library along with wormy chestnut paneling, and please remember the home gym and craft room.

The first floor master suite is spacious with extra sitting room, onyx vanity tops, large garden bath with heated jacuzzi tub, separate walk-in steam shower, and extra large his & her closets, both completely cedar lined.

The well-landscaped exterior include two private automatic gates, paved drive, 5000′ of galvanized fencing, two wells with water filtration system, all on 30 plus acres! Call brokers Frank Gombatz (919)-696-4249 or Gardner Reynolds (919)-749-3177 for details.



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Agricultural Learning Opportunities for Triangle Kids

Agricultural Learning Opportunities for Triangle KidsFor a child, there aren’t many experiences that can compare to exploring life on a farm, whether it’s fishing, gardening, taking a walk with a friendly alpaca, or learning the feeding habits of a piglet or a pony. And if you’re a parent, on the lookout, as summertime approaches, for fun and educational things to do for the littlest members of your family, there’s nothing better than the prospect of a camp or an excursion to a place where kids are able to hike, fish, explore and develop an appreciation for animal life and the great outdoors in a safe and friendly environment.

Animal Lover Experiences at 1870 Farm

The 17-acre 1870 Farm, a property located in some of the prettiest countryside outside of Chapel Hill, is an educational farm dedicated to allowing visitors – big kids and little – to explore and learn how farms work. Campers and visitors alike are able to interact with and learn about goats, sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens as well as some less traditional farm animals: alpacas and llamas. Once a few basic instructions are reviewed upon arrival, group visitors receive a bucket and animal feed, followed by full access to the petting area and fishing pond. Campers take part in hands-on activities involving the care and socialization of farm animals and learn what each animal’s purpose is.

Summer Camp, Toddler Classes and Lupine Preschool

Agricultural Learning Opportunities for Triangle Kids in Chapel HillKids fortunate enough to spend a week or more at 1870 Farm Summer Camp or My Little Farmer Toddler Classes will have fun in an environment entirely focused on animals, kid-appropriate farm activities, and Mother Agricultural Learning Opportunities for KidsNature. Campers may collect eggs and build a campfire one day, learn to identify wild plants or animal tracks the next. Half-day or full-day experiences ae available to children ages 5 through 16, and toddlers between 3 and 5 years old. The 1870 Farm Kids’ Vet Club / Junior Vet Academy gives older children an opportunity to explore their love of animals and experience what it might be like to be a veterinarian through a series of workshops and summer camps.

Operating during the traditional September/June school year, the Lupine School for preschoolers focuses on introducing very young children to the natural world around them. Art and music activities are centered on the ebb and flow of the seasons, and outdoor exploration allows kids to develop their own appreciation of nature and community. 

Field Trips & Parties

School, family, or special interest groups are able to book 90-minute self-guided sessions at the Farm, with planned activities based on each group’s particular interests. Feed buckets and access to petting pens and the fishing pond are provided, and picnic tables provide plenty of places to sit and enjoy a snack or picnic lunch. Up to three groups may book at a time, as long as Covid restrictions remain in place.

Private parties, events and photography sessions are also available to pre-book. 


More Piedmont-Area Educational Farms

Raleigh City Farm

Visitors here at this one-acre downtown Raleigh lot help maintain the farm by participating in the cultivation, weeding, harvesting and distribution of produce to local nonprofit organizations. Visitors learn about regenerative agriculture through workshops and educational events including farm tours and yoga classes.

800 N. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604 /

Spence’s Farm for Kids

Children with a particular interest in horses will thrive on this community farm where differences are celebrated and every child is encouraged to develop communication, teamwork, and cooperation skills. With the aid of mentors, kids learn to face their fears, accept challenges, and work hand-in-hand with animals and nature as they develop a sense of their own value and place in the universe. Pony rides, birthday parties, field trips and camp opportunities are also available.

6407 Millhouse Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 / (919) 968-8581

NC State University’s Agroecology Education Farm

A wide range of resources on topics from building a school garden to farm stewardship (creating sustainable food systems) and permaculture to pollinators are available through this community-based, educational farm. Visitors are invited to participate in volunteer days, club or group visits, farm tours and opportunities to maintain small research lots.

4400 Mid Pines Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603 / Contact Alison Reeves at

Changing Tomorrow Farm

This very hands-on farm and recreation center dedicated to environmental education, healthful living and child-centered farm experiences offers track-out camp, after-school care, and birthday parties. All activities are centered on nature, nutrition and the environment.

6312 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540 / 919-762-7002

Winterpast Farm

Baby goat “snuggling season” is in full swing at this Wake Forest petting zoo and animal rescue center, where Farmer Mary introduces kids to farm animals, their habitats, and their behaviors. The farm also offers a mobile petting zoo, on-site birthday parties, live Nativities at various local venues, and week-long “pet hosting” opportunities. Price per visitor is $10; visits are allowed by appointment only.

12936 Ghoston Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 / 919-244-1800 / Text Farmer Mary to confirm 

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Strawberry Fresh: Pick-Your-Own in and Around the Raleigh Area

Raleigh Strawberries for SaleIf ever there was a fruit that symbolized springtime and new growth in North Carolina, it would have to be the strawberry. And with dozens of local growers and weeks of harvesting still left to go, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy picking and eating your own bucket or basket of these delicious berries.

Health Benefits

Strawberries are one of Mother Nature’s wonder-foods. Besides being low in calories, sugars, carbs, sodium and fat and high in healthy fiber, the vitamins and minerals alone in a single serving are enough to increase blood flow to the brain and heart (manganese), regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke (potassium), and help the body produce healthy red blood cells (vitamin B9, or folate). Strawberries are also one of the top natural foods in terms of their antioxidant capabilities; antioxidants called polyphenols help keep blood pressure and blood sugar in check, and even, according to some studies, help protect the body from developing cancer and tumors. Finally, few people realize that the quantity of Vitamin C in a serving of strawberries – a vitamin that serves, among other things, to boost your immune system – is actually more than the vitamin C in an orange!

North Carolina’s Strawberry Industry

North Carolina’s location and climate as a southern coastal state make it ideal for growing strawberries; NC is the fourth largest producer of strawberries in the nation. Cultivated on over 1,100 acres and in every one of the state’s counties, the vast majority of berries are grown on small or family farms, and most of those offer both u-pick and purchase-by-the-container options available at roadside stands and/or farmers’ markets. Due to Covid, many if not all farms are requesting that social distancing, masking and hand washing guidelines be adhered to, but if you call ahead and check before your visit, you should be ready to go once you get there.


Local Strawberries for SaleA vast majority of North Carolina’s farmers use a very specific method of growing strawberries developed in the mid-1980s called plasticulture. Using this system, farmers cultivate small strawberry plants in the fall on raised beds under a layer of black plastic, which serves to warm the soil over the winter months and keep them protected from freezing as they go dormant. A tube, or drip line, is placed in the soil beneath the plastic, through which the plants are watered and fertilized. In the springtime, 15-25,000 pounds of North Carolina strawberries per acre ripen and are available to be picked, more or less, between April and June. Farmers re-plant each fall, starting the process all over again.

Here are a few local strawberry farms to get you started if you’re planning your own u-pick adventure.

Page Farms

6100 Mt. Herman Rd

Raleigh, NC 27617

(919) 451-5534

Open Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm; strawberries, blackberries and pumpkins (in season); also, field trips, fall hayrides and corn maze.


Pope Farms / Pope’s Strawberries

1008 Bethlehem Road

Knightdale, NC 27545

(919) 796-6784

Sunday & Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 3pm-6pm, Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm; strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, squash and more; also available – honey, eggs.


Hunts Strawberry Farm

4505 Watkins Rd

Raleigh, NC 27616

(919) 669-6048

Open Monday-Sunday 8am-8pm; pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries; also available – honey, sour cream poundcake.


DJ’s Berry Patch

1223 Salem Church Road
Apex, NC 27523

(919) 600-4020
Open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm; wholesale and retail berries; Sweet Charlie and Camarosa varieties; also available – tomatoes, corn, melons and more.


Porter Farms & Nursery Farm Market

Willow Springs Location

3525 NC Highway 42
Willow Springs, NC 27592
(919) 567-0504

Raleigh Location

7615 Ten-Ten Road
Raleigh 27603

(919) 442-7920
*Porter Farms Raleigh Strawberry Stand – McCullers Crossroads Community, at the corner of Ten-Ten and Lake Wheeler Road

Open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm; also available – wide variety of seasonal produce.

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Raleigh Real Estate Specialists You Can Rely on: The Land Guys

Raleigh Real Estate Specialists You Can Rely on: The Land Guys

If you’re considering selling your Raleigh land, or if you’ve aspired to purchase your own rural property to farm, raise horses, or simply build your own dream home, talk to NC natives Gardner Reynolds and Frank Gombatz of Legacy Farms and Ranches of North Carolina: “The Land Guys.”

Experienced and professional with millions of dollars each year in central Carolina real estate transactions under their belts, Fonville Morisey’s preeminent Raleigh land and lot brokers are uniquely qualified to assist you in the process of listing your Raleigh land for sale. Gardner and Frank live in and love the Triangle, and with over 50 years of combined real estate experience, they know the real estate market here inside and out.

Raleigh Lots

Wake Forest Land for Sale 10 acresRecent Legacy Farms land listings include an outstanding – and quick selling! – Wake Forest lot, another superb 3-acre lot in desirable northern Wake County, and a 10-acre Pittsboro property, all situated within a convenient 30-minute drive of the Raleigh area.   

Pretty Wake Forest Mini-Farm

With 9.6 acres of pristine pastureland, this gem is one of the most beautiful Wake County lots most recently sold by Legacy Farms and Ranches. Currently being farmed for hay, the stunning property features rolling topography, an ideal location close to Falls Lake, a natural home site surrounded by lovely mature oak, and plenty of room for horses, livestock, and your own perfect country house. Wake Forest Lot for Sale 10 acres

With the expert marketing of Gardner and Frank, this gorgeous lot closed within just days of listing.

Picturesque Northern Wake County Lot

Old Creedmoor Road Lot for SaleThis beautiful, heavily wooded Wake Forest property is located in the Wakefield area off Old Creedmoor Road. With outstanding access to RDU, Interstate 540, shopping areas and the Falls Lake recreational area, the lot features 3 prime acres of rolling countryside.

Prime Pittsboro Acreage

These 10 beautiful acres just minutes from Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and the desirable RTP area are surveyed, partially fenced and cleared. The versatile property is ideal for those looking to build the iconic country estate, equestrian property or mini-farm, with some acreage available to be cleared for even more pasture. A beautiful piece of land in one of The Triangle’s most desirable locations, this property also closed within a matter of days. Lamont Norwood Lot for Sale in Pittsboro

If you’re looking for lots like these or your own Triangle farm, equestrian property or other land for sale in Raleigh area, check out the Land for Sale tab on the Legacy Farms and Ranches of North Carolina website. Gardner and Frank can assist with all your real estate needs in Wake County as well as surrounding Franklin, Granville and Chatham Counties!


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Lamont Norwood Rd Lot Sold

10 Acres on Lamont Norwood Road in Pittsboro

(SOLD)! Beautiful 10 Acres Perfect for a Country Estate in a Prime Location just Minutes to Chapel Hill and Shopping and Convenient to Downtown Pittsboro, Chapel Hill and RTP! Already Cleared and Partially Fenced! Ideal for a Mini Farm or Equestrian Property. Road Frontage on Lamont Norwood Road and Easy Access. Cutover Could be Cleared for More Pasture! Survey on File but No Soils Work.

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Forest Moon Farms in Liberty

Wonderful Opportunity to Own an Income Producing Organic Produce Working Farm in Liberty! Live the North Carolina Dream on this Beautiful 16 +/- Acre Property! Large Stone Fireplace in Cabin Style Home w/ 2 Beds & 2 Baths. Fully Functional Produce Facility w/ Growing Tunnel, Barns, Sheds, Irrigation and More! Open Pasture for Horses or Cattle with 5 Stall Barn. Expand with Another Home Overlooking the Pond. Mini-House Conveys with Monthly Income and Consistent Bookings. Farm grossed about $30,000 last year part times!  $494,000, 7792 Hornady Trail in Liberty 

16.35 acres total with approx. 3 acres of established raised growing beds with good quality prepped, composted, and amended soil. All established growing beds have professionally installed irrigation where water is sourced from the property’s well and professional water storage tank system. Property contains a large approx. 1.5 acre stocked pond along with a walking/ riding trail. There is the main A-frame farmhouse in the middle of the property, and on the top of the property sits the Tiny House cabin. There are several barns and storage sheds for varying purposes. 2 of the barns contains stables. There is a partial fence in place around the main growing area and upper pasture area. The farm is located strategically 30 mins from both Greensboro and from Chapel Hill, which offer opportunities for many marketing outlets in high customer demand areas. Property can be sold as complete business with LLC status established with the state of North Carolina with all legal documents in place.

Established farm with functional produce facilities, 2 BR/2BA modern farmhouse, and farm-stay B&B operation conveys. Farm sale includes existing agritourism/farm-stay operation featuring the farm’s log-cabin style Tiny House (on wheels); established Air BNB account along with “Super Host” status and 4.9/5.0 guest rating. AirBnB operation currently has consistent high demand and grosses ~$10K in annual revenue. Huge potential for expansion, especially around the pond. Mentoring available, if desired.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Greenhouse
  • Livestock facilities
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment
  • Processing facilities
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure – more info

Farm facilities including: two barns, stables, harvest/wash station with “greens bubbler” and greens drying equipment, 8’x10’x20′ walk-in cooler, seed starting shed that transitions to garlic drying shed, and new 30×70 high tunnel. Professional irrigation system consists of 5000 gallon storage water storage tanks, pump, and drip irrigation. Currently setup for produce operations but could easily accommodate poultry or small livestock operations. 16 acres including stocked pond, camp-fire rings, and walking/riding trails.

Current production on farm

  • Hay or pasture
  • Herbs
  • Orchard
  • Vegetable production

Current production on farm – more info

Small produce/berry operation for several local farmers markets and restaurants. Land owners are exiting farming due to career advancement in off-farm employment. The main farmhouse is located down the hill about 200 yards from the top of the farm property.

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices – more info

We are passionate about natural growing. Although not currently certified, We’ve used all-natural and organic (OMRI approved) amendments from the start. Our raised beds have been heavily composted and cover cropped on a regular basis.

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Wake Forest 10 acres

9.6 Acre Mini Farm in Wake Forest

(UNDER CONTRACT)! One of the Prettiest Mini Farms in Wake Forest! Beautiful Open Pasture in a Rural Setting yet Close to Wake Forest and Raleigh. Perfect for a Dream Home with Horses and Animals. Rolling Topography with Outstanding Views from Every Angle. Old Oaks Outline the Perfect Home site. Close to Falls Lake! $250,000

Do not drive vehicles across pasture. Property is being farmed for hay. Park on road and feel free to walk. Acreage has general flags on borders. Call agents for details!

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