July 17, 2012: Right now on the farm we have a wide
selection of our own produce; we have our own tomatoes, peaches, sweet
corn, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes,
and more that we harvest fresh each morning. All is available for
purchase at The Market (803.581.4545) which is open Monday through
Saturday, 9AM to 7PM.
Our cotton is in full bloom now. It is setting its crop during these
weeks in July. It has just lapped the rows in most
fields. We will hope to begin harvest in the early part of October and it
generally takes one or two months with our cotton pickers to harvest the
Our pumpkins are off to a great start. This year we planted the most
ever, 40 acres! We hope to have plenty for both wholesale and retail
sales in the fall. Please call 803.444.0300 for wholesale inquries. Please mark your calendar now for Farm Fair
2012 on Saturday, October 13th!
February 25, 2012: The new season is fast
approaching! Our strawberries look good and we are watching the weather
forecasts closely from here on out. We will cover the berries with a
large fabric row cover if the temperatures drop too low to keep the frost
or freeze from killing the strawberry blossoms. We hope to start
harvesting by the middle of April and look forward to opening The Market
for another season.
We finished up pruning our peaches early this year and are excited for
our new orchard located 2 miles north of Lowrys
on US 321 to begin bearing peaches. The orchard is 4 years old and we
hope harvest plenty of peaches from the treas
this year. Some varieties made a few peaches last year but we hope all
the trees bear a good bit of fruit this year weather permitting. We have
begun to prepare the land for all of our vegetables but will wait until
early April to start planting most of our vegetable crops.
October 11, 2011: Farm Fair was a lot of fun this
year! The weather was great and we hope everyone who came had a really
nice time. Farm Tours will be held each remaining Saturday in October.
Tours depart The Market promptly at 10:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Guests get to
explore the 4 acre maze, the straw maze for young kids, the barnyard
animals, and take a 40 minute wagonride through
We are picking our cotton as weather permits. We are also about to
plant our strawberries that will ripen in the spring of next year. The
Market will close at the end of the month but will open back up in
mid-April with fresh strawberries!
September 22, 2011: Fall has come to Cotton Hills
Farm. We have harvested most of our pumpkins and are already selling them
wholesale. We will put up our tent by this Saturday and fill it with a
huge selection of pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, and more. We also
have colorful mums for available for purchase at both The Market at home
in Lowrys and The Red Tomato in Fort Mill, SC.
The pumpkin crop did well this year and the quality is exceptional.
We have mountain apples for sell at both retail locations. We have Mutsu, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,
Fugi, and Jonagold
apple varieties. They are for sale both by the pound and by the bushel
box. The bushel price is $22 for about 40 lbs.
Cotton is also turning white and we are picking it now. The weather
needs to be sunny and dry for it to pick well and we have not had much
weather like that this week. Hopefully we will get some needed rain and
then it will dry out for a while both for the cotton and the farm tours
during the month of October.
August 3, 2011: Peaches, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers,
zucchini, okra, watermelons, cantaloupes, and much more are all now ripe
and picked each morning at Cotton Hills Farm. They can be purchased at
The Market in Lowrys or The Red Tomato in Fort
Mill at the corner of Hwy 21 Bypass and Old Nation.
We have just finished up picking the Cresthaven
variety of peaches and are about to begin picking the Monroes.
We also have China Pearl white peaches available right now too. The
tomatoes are ripening fast during the hot weather. #2 tomatoes are
available for purchase on the porch of The Market for $10 for a 1/2
bushel (25lbs)or $15 for a bushel (50lbs).
The cotton has set a good crop this year and the bolls will begin to
open in September. We will begin to harvest the cotton in October. The
soybeans also look good thanks to several good rains earlier in the
April 25, 2011: Our Strawberries are now RIPE and
plenty are available. They can be purchased already picked at both of our
retail locations. One location is at the farm (The Market--open Mon-Sat,
9am to 7pm) and the other is in Fort Mill on Hwy 21 Bypass just south of
Regency Park (The Red Tomato--open Mon-Fri, 12 to 8pm; Sat, 10am to 6pm).
Come U-Pick them yourself at the farm during our
regular hours at The Market. Please check in at The Market before heading
over to the strawberry field. Save $2 per gallon by picking them yourself
or $3 per gallon if you pick 5 gallons or more. Call The Market at (803)
581-4545 for more information.
We are busy on the farm harvesting strawberries and starting all of
our summer crops in the fields. Many of our tomatoes, cucumbers, squash,
zucchini, peppers, egg plants, cantaloupes, watermelons, beans, sweet
corn, and all of our okra has already been planted and look great. We've
had some close calls with bad storms but so far have been spared any
significant damage. Our peaches in the new orchard located a couple of
miles north of Lowrys on US 321 will begin
bearing some fruit this year. At that orchard we have a total of 24
varieties that will start in late May and continue to ripen through
August and into the first weeks of September.
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January 25, 2011: We’re making good progress
pruning our peach orchards. If we get some good weather, we should finish
within a couple of weeks. Each winter we prune the peach trees. We like
to keep our mature trees about head high with open centers. It is
important to keep the trees pruned properly so the weight of the fruit
load will not break the limbs.
Our strawberries are still in the dormant stage but look healthy. We
hope to have plenty of berries for the Spring. We will have U-Pick
berries again this year.
Like every winter, we try to spend some time working on our equipment
getting it in better condition for the coming season. Also important is
planning for the upcoming year. We always make a point to rotate our
crops from one field to another each year. This is an easy way to reduce
disease, insect, and some weed pressures.