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Patterson Farm Market & Tours

Spring Educational Tours

Check out our tour packages and pick the one just right for your class. All tours are by appointment only. Combination tours on a single visit are available. Title 1 schools receive $1 discount per student.


Strawberry Tour

April 22 – May 31, 2024, Monday thru Friday

Investigate and explore everything there is to know about strawberries. Why are these sweet things called “straw”berries? Can you guess? There’s a hands-on activity and a hayride to the strawberry patch where students will each pick a pint of berries to take home. Puppet show or DVD options.

Treasure Mine

June 3 – August 30, 2024

This tour educates students on the differences between rocks and minerals and the life cycle of rocks. There’s a hands-on learning experience at the Mining Sluice, where students will discover and identify various minerals and gemstones.

Dirt on Dirt

March 11 – 29, 2024, Monday thru Friday

Learn about the importance of soil to farmers, plants, and our planet. While it can be modified for any age, this tour is promoted for 3rd graders as it meets N.C. Common Core Standards for Third Grade.


June 3 – August 30, 2024

In this high-tech treasure hunt game participants search for hidden caches (buckets) on the farm, using the latitude and longitude coordinates which are entered into GPS (Global Positioning System) units.  Lots of walking, so dress appropriately.

Special Needs Days

Spring: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Twice a year, during the Fall and Spring season we host Special Needs Days. Special Needs Day is designed for our staff to meet any special needs our guests may have. Special Needs Day is space is limited and is by reservation only.

Farmer for the Day

April 1 – 19, 2024, Monday thru Friday

Experience a day in the life of a farmer with a walk around the farm and stops at interactive learning stations. Students gather produce from each station to “sell” at the farmer’s market for a Patterson Farm Buck, redeemable for a treat.

Home School Days

Spring: Thursday, May 16, 2024

Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. is offering two days, one in Fall and one in Spring, dedicated to accommodate the different ages and interests of Home School Students. During these two special days, we are offering different topics throughout the day.