Our Story

Our Story


Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. is a proud part of the Patterson Farm family.  Our Market and Tours story begins in 1994.  In an effort to educate the public about the farm and all the crops they grow, where your food comes from, to diversify and to get the diminishing population of pick-your-own customers back to the farm, the family decided to formally begin hosting educational field trips and events.  The educational field trips were operated out of the barn built in 1946, which was part of the Graham Brothers dairy farm where Phyllis Patterson grew up.  This part of the farm, located on Caldwell Road in Mount Ulla, NC was also the location of the farm’s pick-your-own strawberry fields.

patterson-familyEvery year our educational field trip program strives to improve over the year before.  Our staff is passionate, dedicated and committed to ensuring all visitors to the farm have a great experience.  Our mission is to educate people about the importance of agriculture and where your food comes from.  What started out as strawberry and pumpkin tours has grown into a large offering of hands-on educational opportunities designed to educate and enhance classroom learning.  We collaborate with  teachers to ensure our field trips are in line with curriculum requirements, as well as lots of fun.

Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc., now over 20 years old, has earned the distinguished honor of being in the North Carolina Field Trips Magazine Top 25 list. We host approximately 27,000 field trip participants each year.

In 2003, Patterson Farm built a retail market to sell our produce and other products. In 2007, Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. was formed. Our Market offers produce fresh from our farm, as well as other local produce.  We also sell jams and jellies, produce, ice cream and more.

Each year Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. hosts spring and fall weekend events, pick-your-own fun, birthday parties, camps, kid club field trips and special events, all designed to get people out on the farm and to create memories.

Patterson Farm Market and Tours, Inc. is involved in NAFDMA, The Maize, and NCANA in an effort to continuously strive to provide the best possible experiences for our visitors. Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. believes it is important to give back and to be involved in the community.

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