CHARLOTTE – For Zack Almond, it’s all about family. He pours his heart and soul into Almond Farm, working alongside his wife Cori, while raising their two-year-old twins, Rylie and Pearson. Almond Farm, located at 5180 US 601 in Concord, is a first-generation family farm open to the public for events and activities. They have an incredible variety of fun things to do for children and adults and a curbside market with fresh produce and locally-sourced meats and eggs.
Zack Almond started Almond Farm in 2013 with only four acres. Since then, Almond Farm has grown to over 40 acres, a portion of which has become the dedicated farm destination that has drawn families from all over North Carolina. Families are the heart center of Almond Farm. Zack married his wife Cori under their open barn, which has become a wedding venue and rental space for corporate and family events. Zack and Corie welcomed twins in 2020, and the family has been growing and learning together with the farm ever since.
Over 20 exciting events and activities are ongoing at the farm, including hayrides, playgrounds, nature trails, inflatable slides and obstacle courses, wildflowers, farm games, and a toddler station, to name a few. In addition, there are two engaging corn mazes, a children’s maze and a GPS-designed maze in the shape of a logo supporting Relapsing Polychondritis. Relapsing Polychondritis is a rare autoimmune disorder and degenerative disease characterized by the inflammation and deterioration of the body’s cartilage. One of the Almond family’s close friends was diagnosed with the disease, and Almond Farm is committed to raising awareness. For more information and to gather information on how you can help, visit the Relapsing Polychronditis Foundation.
The curbside market, managed by Zack’s wife Cori, offers a delicious variety of farm-fresh produce, mountain apples, mums, pumpkins, local milk, eggs, honey, beef, chicken, and pork. They also offer ice cream and other treats. Almond Farm also has a variety of animals you can feed, including sheep, goats, rabbits, calves, and turkeys. There is so much to do on Almond Farm that you can easily spend the entire day onsite! In addition, there are picnic spots, and Chik-fil-A even delivers to the farm!
Weekdays are the best time to visit the farm, with fewer crowds and shorter lines. Admission is also discounted on weekdays, with tickets costing $12 per person ($15 on weekends). Children under age two are always free. Almond Farm offers festivals as well. Their sunflower festival has been extremely popular, along with their Fall Festival (running now), and they will be offering strawberry picking and a tulip festival in the spring. They always have plenty of beautiful fresh flowers in time for Mother’s Day and are planning to offer even more family events and homegrown products when they re-open after the winter months.
Almond Farm strives to provide fun and educational opportunities for children and families to learn about farm life, growing vegetables, how pollinators help their crops grow, and raising farm animals. The farm is warm and welcoming, with endless activities to keep little ones busy and adults entertained. Bonfires for cooking hot dogs and s’mores are available by request, as well as tours for corporate outings, schools, and family events. In addition, the open barn, which will be updated and renovated in the coming year, is a popular venue for weddings, corporate, and family events.
For more information on what Almond Farm offers, please visit their website almondfarmproduce.com or call them at (704) 793-1746. In addition, you can follow them on social media on Facebook at “Almond Farm NC” or Instagram @almondfarmnc for more up-to-date information on events and festivals, as well as their story as a family farm.