Farm Market

Exceptional NC Taste and Value

The freshest, most flavorful food for your family is just a short country drive from Raleigh in Willow Spring. Porter Farms and Nursery specializes in growing and selling only the tastiest varieties of NC produce available. Our crops are grown using scientifically superior farming techniques in an environmentally conscious manner.

Roadside Produce Stand

Visit our NC certified roadside produce stand for our most popular and other farm-fresh goodies:

Springtime Strawberry Picking

From mid-April to early-June, it is strawberry season at Porter Farms & Nursery! You are invited to bring the whole family for a special farm outing in our strawberry fields - where the ones you eat in the fields are free! Two locations in Willow Spring and Raleigh, NC.

You'll find five luscious acres of sweet red ripe strawberries... ready for picking! Porter Farms provides and prices by the container: Quarts, 4 qt Buckets, and 8 qt Flats.

Strawberry Farm NC

Homemade Ice Cream RaleighOld-Timey Homemade Ice Cream Parlor

Our Willow Spring Market makes mouths happy with our delicious homemade Ice Cream.People drive from miles away to get a hand-dipped scoop of our rich and creamy ice cream made from the freshest dairy and fruits picked at the peak of ripeness. We make 16 seasonal flavors - all homemade in our ice cream kitchen by our highly trained ice cream chefs using special recipes developed by the farmer's wife. Our strawberry ice cream is made from the juiciest and sweetest strawberries picked straight from our fields and our vanilla is made from 100% pure vanilla.

16 Seasonal Flavors for Scoops, Shakes, and Sundaes

Savor a single scoop or add toppings to create your own sundae or to use as mix-ins in our famous super-thick shakes. Bust that diet wide open with our delectable hot fudge brownie sundaes or our strawberry shortcake sundaes. Wash it down with one of our delicious handmade fresh squeezed lemonades or one of our refreshing Coke® products.

NC Homemade Organic Ice Cream
  • Banana Pudding
  • Blueberry
  • Caramel Apple Crunch
  • Carolina Rainforest
  • Cherry Pineapple
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Thunder
  • Chocolate Covered Banana
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Cotton Candy
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Honey Almond
  • Peach
  • Pumpkin
  • Vanilla

NC Happy CowsMade From Happy Cows

The dairy for our naturally organic ice cream is provided by our friends at Jackson Dairy Farm, a family-owned dairy farm since 1806. Jackson Dairy Farm keeps happy cows, treated with kindness and respect. Cows are fed the finest grain and graze on grass from organic fields.

Spring and Summer Produce

Use our Crop Calendar for your in-season guide to freshness. The varieties of NC produce offered at our farm market are selected for taste, not shelf life. Our customers enjoy over 11 different varieties of lip smacking heirloom and hybrid tomatoes. Three varieties of strawberries are offered as well as several varieties of super sweet corn, delicious okra, squash, peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, peas and beans, potatoes and onions, and cucumbers.


Porter Farms Crop Calendar

NC Seasonal Produce Crop Calendar

Pumpkins and Mums

The fall season in North Carolina doesn't just mean time for football. Porter Farms & Nursery knows it's time to harvest the pumpkins! In addition to selling at our Farm Market on Hwy 42 in Willow Springs, Porter Farms retails our mums and pumpkins at the Raleigh Farmers Market during September and October. Porter farms has been recognized for excellence in its ability to grow fall produce:

  • 1st Place: Largest Pumpkin - 21st annual NC State Farmers Market Great Pumpkin Contest
  • 1st Place: White Pumpkin under 30 lbs true to type - 2006 NC State Fair
  • 1st Place: Pumpkin under 10 lbs true to type - 2006 NC State Fair
  • 1st Place: Largest Tomato - 2006 NC State Fair

You'll find the largest selection of pumpkins and ornamental gourds in Raleigh. Our pumpkin patch boasts Atlantic Giants, Howden Biggie, Magic Lantern, Cinderella, Autumn Gold, Gold Rush, Lumina, Indian River, Sugar Pie, Baby Boos, and Jack-Be-Little.

In addition, our roadside stand is blooming with a dazzling array of garden mums grown to complement the harvest season's bounty.

Largest Pumpkin NC State Farmers Market           NC Garden Mums