Meet Our Farmers
Spring Lakes’ agricultural roots run deep, and you’ll find multi-generation farms all over the area. An opportunity to meet some of our farmers and purchase locally grown goods happens once a month at the Sandhills Farmers & Heritage Market. The last market of the season will occur on September 8th, and at the same time, the Sandhills Family Heritage Association is also hosting their Annual Heritage Food Tasting (ticket purchase required). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Spring Lake’s farmers and try some traditional dishes.
Many of our farmers have embraced North Carolina’s agritourism potential and opened their doors for the public to visit. One such farm is West Produce. With the autumn season upon us, this charming destination presents the perfect excuse to take the family outdoors. Farmers Tommy and Jean West offer Hayrides that also include an educational tour, plenty of photo ops, a place to have a picnic, a variety of autumn décor and farm goods for sale, and more. Plan for an afternoon of down-on-the-farm fun at this Spring Lake gem between September 21st and October 31st.
Take A Picnic
On your way north to West Produce, stop off at Crown Fried Chicken for a box of picnic-food perfection. For traveling families, it’d be hard to beat the prices here. For instance, a 10-piece, mixed-chicken family special is just $14.99. My recommendation for first-timers is to start with Crown’s signature fried chicken and traditional sides, such as potato salad. This is picnic food at its finest! Just don’t forget the banana pudding.
Explore A Park
Most people would never guess that the North Carolina State Parks Passport features a state park right here in Cumberland County. You simply can’t visit the Spring Lake area without spending some time at Carvers Creek State Park. This is one of the newest ones in the 100-year-old North Carolina park system, opening to the public just 13 years ago. Projected plans for Carvers show it will eventually be spread out over a total of 4,000 acres. Meanwhile, part of the land that makes up this nature haven now has a fascinating story to tell our visitors.
James Stillman Rockefeller, of Rockefeller family fame, once used his Long Valley Farm as a winter retreat. Now that family’s farm, buildings, gristmill, and even home are all part of the draw for tourists interested in exploring both nature and history here. Carvers Creek park rangers regularly host events that offer explorers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at these historical sites, or visitors can take a leisurely hike through the park’s trails on their own time. As you’re collecting stamps in your passport, don’t overlook this gem.
Right off NC 24-87, you’ll find a town park that is both a community hub and a recreation site. Mendoza Park is a perfect spot for travelers to stop for a picnic and let the kids run off their energy on a playground, but it’s also a fun site to visit for seasonal festivals and other family-friendly events. The Spring Lake Live Music Festival, planned for September 1st, is just one example of the types of festivals that the town hosts here. Food, music, and family fun!