“You can't help but be happy seeing all of those sunflowers smiling at you as you stroll through the fields.”
Advertisement
Girl Holding Sunflowers
Credit: petrenkod/Getty Images

This year, the normally bustling spring and summer seasons have looked considerably different for one popular North Carolina farm.

But, in the months that Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville was closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Farmer John was busy planting more than 10 varieties of sunflowers, yielding more than 50,000 beautiful blooms.

In celebration of the flowers, the beloved farm is inviting the public back for its new “Pick Your Own Sunflowers Days.”

“You can't help but be happy seeing all of those sunflowers smiling at you as you stroll through the fields,” reads the description of the “Pick Your Own Sunflowers Days” Facebook event. “Bring your cameras to capture your friends and loved ones in this beautiful and unique setting.”

The train rides, petting zoo, country store, concessions, and the rest of the attractions remain off limits due to the pandemic, only the sprawling sunflower fields will be open for your picking pleasure from July 30 to August 14.

Admission is $20 per vehicle, cash only. The fields are open from 6:30 am to noon and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  

If you'd like to pick sunflowers, you'll need to bring your own clippers, bags, and containers. The minimum price is $5 for a half dozen, $10 for a dozen and $5 for additional sunflowers purchased in increments of six.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.

"Be aware you are coming to a very large public outdoor sunflower field," the event description notes. "We have lots of space to spread out and will be keeping our staff to guest interactions at bare minimum for not only our safety but for yours."

Happy picking!