Located off Highway 64 just between Siler City and Asheboro, you’ll find Millstone Creek Orchards, a direct-to-consumer farm filled with pick-your-own fruit and fun activities for children throughout the year.

While business this year has looked very different for the orchard, owner and operator Beverly Mooney says she has nothing to complain about. Millstone Creek Orchard is in its 16th year of operation — she took over running the farm for her father when he passed away five years ago.

Since then, Mooney and her team have been working hard to learn the ropes on their own with a great deal of help and support from North Carolina State University Extension and the NC Department of Agriculture. She’s proud to say this year is the first year they’ve grown the crops totally on their own. Despite COVID-19, they’ve remained very busy and their crops have been plentiful.

“Apple season was so much fun – watching families and their kids get outside and enjoy the fruits of our labor was so rewarding for us during these crazy times. This month, we are very excited about pumpkins, hayrides, and sharing the beautiful fall weather at Millstone Creek,” Mooney said.

Don’t let the ‘orchard’ name fool you. While this farm boasts peaches and apples-a-plenty, they’ve got a number of other tasty goodies to harvest throughout the year, including summer blueberries, pumpkins and pecans in the fall. They’ve even planted raspberry bushes this year. Apple season runs throughout September, followed immediately by pumpkin season – which is just getting underway.