Christmas is a beautiful time of year where friends and families alike gather to spend time together and exchange gifts. This year, give your loved ones something unique, special and straight from the heart of North Carolina! Many farms across our state have an abundance of items available for purchase, including scarves, hats, soaps, candy, toys, lotion and more. Check out some of our recommendations below and visit a farm in your area this weekend. There’s nothing better than supporting your community and putting a smile on the face of someone that you love!
Two Dachshund Farm: Franklinton, NC
Two Dachshund Farm is a beautiful 17-acre farm in the heart of Franklinton. Not only do they raise many animals for fiber, including alpacas and llamas, but they also grow lavender. Throughout the year they offer a variety of events on the farm like birthday parties, classes and tours. Their farm store on-site not only hosts many beautiful products made from the fiber on their farm, but also a variety of crafts from local artists, including scarves, soaps, handbags and more. Their farm store is open each Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mikes Farm: Beulaville, NC
As the original agri-tourism farm in Onslow County, Mike’s Farm is well-known in the community for their seasonal events, restaurant, shopping and more! Throughout the year they offer strawberry and pumpkin picking, tours, wagon rides, dinners and other date specific events. They also have a beautiful barn on-site that functions as a wedding venue. Their farm shop features products made on the farm as well as products from surrounding farms and small businesses. They have an online store where people can purchase their items of choice and either have them shipped or arrange pickup on the farm. If you prefer to visit the farm in person, items can also be bought at the farm store on-site. The shop is open Monday through Saturday each week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the items available this year include pottery, coffee, apple butter, kids toys, bath bombs and beard oil.
Winchester Creek Farm: Waynesville, N.C.
Winchester Creek Farm is a family owned and operated alpaca farm in the Smoky Mountains. In addition to alpacas, they also raise horses, cows, donkeys and a pig. During the year they offer a variety of events to involve the community on the farm, including educational farm tours, parties, field trips, vacation rentals, alpaca yoga and mini palates classes. When visiting the farm, visitors can stop by Granny’s House, aka the gift shop or farm store, to purchase products made from their animals fiber as well as other local products. In addition to visiting the farm, individuals can shop online for the items that they want and have them shipped to their home. From adorable stuffed animals and beautiful clothing items to candy, toys and home décor, Granny’s House at Winchester Creek Farm has something to make everyone on your Christmas list smile this year.
Shady Acres Farm: Thomasville, N.C.
Shady Acres Farm raises livestock animals to create quality handmade products for customers. They offer a variety of events throughout the year where people can meet the animals and learn all about their place in the agriculture industry. Two of the primary livestock animals found at Shady Acres Farm are Nigerian Dwarf Goats and Angora Rabbits. Nigerian Dwarf Goats produce strong fiber that is used to make a plethora of items, including hats and yarn. The farm also produces soaps and lotions from the goat milk that are said to feel great on the skin. Products can be found and purchased through their website, but a higher availability is available on-site at the farm. So check out their website to schedule a time to visit and keep an eye on their Facebook page to participate in their events next year, including a Farm Sound Journey and Paint Your Own Barn Quilt class.
Bailey Bee Supply: Hillsborough, N.C.
Bailey Bee Supply has been in operation since 2013 and takes pride in serving the greater Triangle area and beyond with their beekeeping knowledge and products. They not only offer tours throughout the year, but also have a farm store on-site where you can learn more about their operation, products and even purchase something for yourself or a loved one. This year, they have a variety of products available in the store, some made from their own honey and beeswax, and others purchased from surrounding farms. Their store is open Monday through Friday each week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some products can also be purchased online based on availability. They not only have kits to help you get started as a beekeeper, but also many holiday gift ideas, like jewelry, candles, wind chimes, lotions, tree ornaments, pottery, soaps and more.
The Market by Dragonfly Farms: King, N.C.
Dragonfly Farms LLC was born from a love of pygmy goats. In the fall of 2020, the farm expanded to open a small market in addition to their farm operations that not only features products from their farm, but also products from other local farms and businesses in the area. From food products like coffee, snacks and spices to crafts, art and more, the market is the perfect place to stock up on Christmas gifts this year! The market is located at 117 Meadowbrook Drive and is open Wednesday through Friday each week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to purchase some of their goat milk soaps when you visit. They are fabulous!
State Operated Farmers Markets: Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Colfax, N.C.
In addition to farms all across the state, we can’t forget about our state operated farmers markets that have products from small businesses, farmers and more available every single day. Whether you visit the State Farmers Market, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, WNC Farmers Market, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market or another local market in your area, the amount of products to be found is a beautiful representation of the talent and hard-work across our state. Pick up a gift that your family members and friends will love at a market or farm near you today! Merry Christmas from all of us in the N.C. Agriculture family!