Apple Picking at Carrigan Farms
Looking for the authentic apple picking experience? Look no farther than Carrigan Farms. Conducted every September since 1975, our tractor-drawn apple orchard hayrides might be old fashioned, but we assure you they are the real deal.
In September, each hayride includes a trip to the apple orchard where everyone gets to pick a half-peck bag of apples. Our orchard contains both red and golden delicious apple trees on dwarf rootstock so no ladders are needed. Hayrides generally last about 50 minutes from start to finish and include a stop at the petting zoo. This year masks are required on the hayride and wherever 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
Cost of hayrides is $12.00 per person for everyone ages 2 and older. Young babies 23 months and under are free; however, they do not get a bag of apples. A $2 per person, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment and the remaining $10 per person is due at the door. Only cash and check are accepted for payment at the door. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Click the link above to pay your $2 deposit and make your hayride reservation.
Anyone who wishes to walk to the orchard instead of taking the hayride may do so between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM daily from September 9, 2020 through September 16, 2020. Reservations are not required to walk to the orchard. Cost of walking to the orchard is the same as taking the hayride: $12 per person total, each person ages two and older is required to check in at the farm market and pay the $12 admission. Anyone walking to the orchard will get to pick a half-peck bag of apples.
Please do not bring pets or dogs with you to the farm.
Coronavirus Safety Measures
Carrigan Farms has implemented changes in response to the coronavirus that we plan to continue as long as needed.
Overall attendance is limited to provide more room for "social distancing" between family units / groups. Currently, the maximum allowable size of any single family unit / group is ten people. As we progress through the phases of the re-opening plan, more attendance capacity may be added. In order to facilitate an attendance limit, we request that each group make an advance reservation online and pay $2 deposit per person.
Also, we are asking that each group "social distance" from other family units / family groups.
Third, do not visit the farm if anyone in your family is feeling sick or has recently had contact with someone who was sick or symptomatic of the coronavirus. Those with underlying health conditions are also discouraged from attending at this time. Take comfort in the fact that we have two registered nurses at the farm, one of whom is usually at the farm on any given day, should first aid be needed.
And lastly, be patient, kind and courteous of each other. The Farm is a place to relax and enjoy outdoor recreation. It is possible to do this in accordance with safety guidelines but it requires everyone's participation. We at Carrigan Farms value your safety above everything else. It is at the forefront of every practice we implement. We don't take the designation of being an essential business lightly and we will be striving to keep everyone safe during their visit.
Unfortunately, due to the high transmissibility of the coronavirus, we can not guarantee that it is not present at any given time. Please also note that if the Iredell County Health Department requests our visitor log that includes your name and contact information, on any given day, for the purpose of contact tracing of the coronavirus, we would be obliged to comply; however, aside from that, we keep your contact information private.
Masks and Face Coverings:
Pursuant to Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order number 147, dated June 24, 2020, requiring face coverings where social distancing of six feet or more is not possible, Carrigan Farms LLC requests your cooperation in complying with this new mandate beginning with events at the farm scheduled for June 27, 2020 and beyond, as long as this Executive Order is in effect.
What this means for you and how it impacts your visit:
On the hayride itself, each person will need to wear a mask. We also ask that you wear a mask whenever you are unable to social distance while you are at the farm.
We are currently asking all patrons to have an advance reservation. Group size is limited to ten people. Capacity is limited to allow for greater than six feet of social distancing between individuals. Cleaning / sanitation protocols are in place. Upon arrival, one of our staff members will ask if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus or have had recent contact with anyone symptomatic. Anyone feeling sick should not attend.
In Executive Order number 147, Our Governor has stated that:
“WHEREAS, face coverings can decrease the spread of respiratory droplets from people, and evidence has grown, showing in numerous recent studies that the use of face coverings decreases the spread of COVID-19 within populations; and”
Our Governor has also stated that:
“WHEREAS, some people have medical or behavioral health issues, disabilities, or other reasons that mean they should be excepted from wearing a face covering, and this Executive Order puts North Carolinians on the honor system to identify if they are within one of the exceptions to face covering requirements and should not wear a mask; and
"C. Exceptions. This Executive Order does not require Face Coverings for-and a Face Covering does not need to be worn by-a worker, customer, or patron who:
- Should not wear a Face Covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance)
- Is under eleven ( 11) years of age;
- Is actively eating or drinking;
- Is strenuously exercising;
- Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
- Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
- Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle;
- Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;
- Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;
- Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or
- Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child's face.”
Carrigan Farms LLC is asking all guests who are within six feet of another individual not in their group, and who are able to wear a face covering, to please do so. Our large outdoor farm and reduced capacity do allow for appropriate social distancing; however, the Executive Order, Dated June 24, 2020, asks all to do their part to lower the spread of coronavirus.
As we all try to approach this pandemic with common sense and evidence-based guidelines, we ask your support in helping to keep everyone safe while continuing to enjoy pick-your-own activities at the farm. Please assist us in working to keep the citizens of North Carolina safe and well.
Online Reservation Details:
Guests who reserve in advance pay a $2 per person deposit at the time of reservation to guarantee their spot on the hayride. The remaining portion of admission is due when reserved guests arrive at the farm. Note that cash or paper check are the only forms of payment accepted at the door. The remaining amount due at the door is $10. All deposits and reservations are final sale deposits - that means no refunds, no exchanges, no moving. At the door when you arrive, we only accept cash or check, no credit or debit cards.
Please be on time. The hayrides leave on time, regardless of whether or not everyone is there. If you miss your hayride time, there may not be space for you on the next hayride.
All guests at the farm are required to have a signed waiver prior to entry. Children must have a parent or guardian complete their waiver. Click here to access the waiver. You will receive a confirmation email upon completion. Bring this with you to enter.
What to Bring / What to Expect:
Bring your completed waiver confirmation; this is a QR code that will be emailed to you right after you fill out your waiver online. Both the admission and the food truck accept cash or check only. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Also, be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for an apple orchard.
The ground in the apple orchard is uneven which makes it difficult to push strollers around. There is also not a lot of space on hayrides to store strollers, so we do not suggest bringing a stroller to visit the apple orchard.
Directions / Entrance:
Enter at the Carrigan Farms Farm Market. The address for GPS purposes is 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville NC 28115.
Weather / Rain:
This is an outdoor facility. Please check weather conditions and dress accordingly. Fall weather forecasts often include a chance of rain. Hayrides will continue in a light drizzle but not a downpour. If we close due to weather we will notify reserved guests and work with them to reschedule. Unless we contact you, we will be open and will not offer ticket changes, refunds, or rain checks.