State Fair recognizes Gaston’s Lineberger’s Farm for his contributions



Generations of Gaston County residents have visited Lineberger Farm in Dallas, from pumpkins and hay rides in the fall to picking strawberries and vegetables in the spring.

And this year, Gaston County’s iconic farm received some recognition at the State Fair as an award winner. Farm family of the day winner.

The State Fair showcased the new program, along with sponsor Tractor Supply Co., this year during its October 14-24 run in Raleigh. The award aims to recognize family farms for their contributions to agriculture and to the community in which they are located.

“We applied for the title in mid-September and learned the news around the beginning of October. The Linebergers grew up attending the North Carolina State Fair every year, so be a part of it. is exciting, â€said Aaron Hines, husband of Erin Lineberger. Hines.

“There aren’t a lot of family farms in North Carolina so when we were honored at the fair it was exciting for us to see other family farms.”

Barry Lineberger drives the tractor as he gives a tour of the farm to children and adults on Friday morning, October 22, 2021, at Lineberger's Maple Springs Farm on Dallas Stanley Highway.

Hines, who grew up in Huntersville, would often go to Lineberger Farm for tractor rides or pick strawberries. He married into the family two years ago and is now helping to carry on his legacy of being a family recreation center focused on farm life.

“I remember coming here a lot as a kid in the fall and then meeting my wife when we were both working at the Whitewater Center and getting involved with the farm,†Hines said. .

Thousands of visitors come to the farm each year for the same amazing experience Hines had on the farm as a child.

The farm offers plenty of opportunities for fruit picking, feeding the chickens and an environment filled with homemade attractions for the kids to enjoy free of charge.

The only thing the public can pay for when they visit are the various commodities such as homemade jams and pumpkin carving tools offered by the farm, produce, and tractor tours.

The 58-acre farm, located at 906 Dallas Stanley Highway, receives visits from school groups and families year-round, with activities focused on the seasons and crops on the grounds.

Those who visit can not only buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but also learn about farm life and nature.

Generations of Linebergers have owned and operated the farm since the 1920s, and each new generation has strived to preserve the family heritage in a growing urban environment.

“We want people to know that we’re not just a grocery store. It’s a beautiful place where people can enjoy being outdoors while watching our flowers and crops grow, â€said Hines.

The farm usually opens from spring (around March) until the end of October. The public can also find Lineberger products at the various farmers’ markets in Gaston County.

You can reach Beatriz Guerrero at 704-869-1828 or on Twitter @ BeatrizGue_


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