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Perkins Orchard


5749 Barbee Rd
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 491-9559
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Photo of Bella Tamayo Bella Tamayo
Jun 16, 2020 5

It was my family's first time here, so we were given a tour of the place, and were told about their 50 years of business. All the staff were VERY welcoming, great deals and prices, and a vast variety of things to pick from! All fruit was very fresh! I will definitely be visiting here again soon with more people!

Photo of OSO LOVE 45 OSO LOVE 45
Jun 22, 2020 5

My Mom told me about Perkins Orchard today she brought me a jar of there Five Alarm Pepper Jelly. She knows I love spicy foods etc. The hotter the better 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥... So I just took my wife there today and she loved it. The people were helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable about where and how the food was grown. We have plans to go back again real soon. This is truly a gem of a place to go and share the experience with family, friends, and your kids...👍👍👍👍👍

Photo of Eireann Lily Eireann Lily
Jun 11, 2020 5

I have been following their Facebook for 3 years and finally visited them. It was amazing. Donovan is the most polite owner and you can tell he truly loves what he does. Our first visit and he introduced himself and a the history of the business. I have never had that kind of experience. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The 20 dollar bag is ABSOLUTELY the best deal. Plus you get a free item as well? They have a HUGE selection of produce, fruits, jams, honey and all amazing prices. I am never buying produce anywhere else. The fruits actually have the taste they are supposed to! I encourage anyone and everyone to get their produce here. I would give them a higher rating if I could, but it only goes up to 5. Thank you Mr. Donovan and staff so much!! Also the sorbet is amazing.

Photo of Alexandra Rice Alexandra Rice
Jun 15, 2020 5

Amazing fruits, vegetables, service, and owner! We stopped here last week and were really impressed with the variety of items as well as the history. They even carry yellow watermelons which are very rare! This orchard was started by a young entrepreneur who started selling fruits and vegetables as a child and carried on the family tradition. He was on-site and is very active in the operation. He personally gave us a tour and warmly welcomed us. Not only did we receive incredible hospitality, but everything we bought was delicious! 😋🍉🥑🥭

Photo of Joselyn McDonald Joselyn McDonald
Jun 3, 2020 5

We will never go to the grocery store produce section ever again! This produce stand is phenomenally stocked and the prices are so fair! Make sure you do their $20 fill-a-bag with any produce deal. We just got a ton of amazing-looking local peaches and watermelon. Support a local black owned business!

Photo of Ebony Gorum Ebony Gorum
Jun 2, 2020 5

This was our first time here and it WILL NOT be our last. A friend of mine posted her bounty of goodies on Facebook. So I told my family we were headed there the next day. We got up early because it's a 30 min drive from where we are. It was worth every mile. Being a real estate agent I take customer service very seriously. We were greeted upon entering the facility and asked if we had been there before. We hadn't so the owner gave us a tour and and awesome history lesson of the orchard. This was a beautiful legacy. He had been working there since he was 10 with his grandfather and now at 26 he's still there and the owner. Talk about legacy. The grounds are well kept and the display of the food is awesome. I really like the $20 bag deal. Go visit and find out what it is. I can't wait to bring my parents here. Thank you Donovan Watson for keeping your grandfather's vision alive and well

Photo of mattt Royal mattt Royal
May 22, 2020 5

The Owner of the Business and Former NC Commissioner of Agriculture candidate has amazing character and is a go-getter. Donovan Alexander Watson is a wonderful asset to our community and to the State of North Carolina with his commitment to the well being of its people and the endless hard work and time he devotes. Cheers to you Donovan! Keep being the leader you are.

Photo of Shaunte Hester Shaunte Hester
May 9, 2020 5

First time going and definitely won't be my last! Everyone was so friendly and even gave me background on the stand and it's history. All the fruit and veggies looked nice and fresh. Everything is organic except for the citrus. My daughter and I had one of their strawberry banana popsicles and let me just say it was the best popsicle I've ever had. So refreshing! I can't wait to go back to support this local business!

Photo of Aisha Chavis Aisha Chavis
May 23, 2020 5

Seeded Watermelon 🍉.... need I say more!?!? If you haven't checked this place out yet.... you're doing yourself a disservice. Also the 20 dollar, stuff a bag... and get a free item deal is EVERYTHING. Seriously, check them out, before I buy up all of the fruit.

Photo of Im Just TK Im Just TK
Apr 26, 2020 5

The owner is amazing!!!!! He took the time give me a tour of the place. It’s affordable and beautiful!!!

Photo of Amanda Farrell Amanda Farrell
Apr 24, 2020 5

Wonderful place with really awesome staff! The $20 deal (fill your bag with any produce) is a great way to stock up on fresh veggies and fruits ❤️❤️

Photo of lacey mcdougall lacey mcdougall
Apr 11, 2020 5

Great place to get A little bit of everything from fruits vegetables cheese cider eggs. Fantastic customer service! I definitely will be back!! If you have not been you need to go!

Photo of Mallory Wiederspiel Mallory Wiederspiel
Jan 20, 2020 5

The owner was very friendly and accommodating. The fruits and vegetables were fresh and there was a large variety to choose from. I definitely will be back more often when they reopen in the spring. It's also a nice place to sit outside and relax with friends or family while shopping around for produce. I would highly recommend going!

Photo of Chrissy Claypool Chrissy Claypool
Nov 6, 2019 3

I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the produce this past Sunday. My zucchini and squash didn’t last two days and all the peppers in the stand looked terrible. Avocados were just fine. I feel like you still get a decent amount of produce for price but hated that several items had to be tossed. Will return next spring and try out that seasons produce.

Photo of Beth Rudd-Myers Beth Rudd-Myers
Sep 17, 2019 5

Stopping by Perkins Orchard has become part of my regular routine. We love the $20 bag deal and it's a great chance to try new fruits and veggies. Today we picked up the sapphire grapes and they were delicious. Great company, great value!

Photo of Andrew C-K Andrew C-K
Sep 2, 2019 5

Great little family run business with a wide variety of fruits and veggies. Orchard itself doesn't grow much, but they try to get as much as they can from the region (300 mile range). Owner likes to come out and tell you about the place on the first visit.

Photo of Abbey Barker Abbey Barker
Sep 10, 2019 5

Wow! Great 1st time experience! I was warmly greeted by Donovan and his helpful employees and given a history and tour of the market. Donovan explained the $20 sack which I happily took advantage of! My only disappointment is that I am late to the game discovering this delightful market as I am confident I will be a frequent visitor to purchase fresh produce!

Photo of Jennifer Jean-Baptiste Jennifer Jean-Baptiste
Oct 7, 2019 5

My husband and I experienced this place for the first time this past weekend! Wow is all I can say! What an incredible experience. It was our first time and Donovan when above and beyond and even gave us the history of the place which was admiring! Such history!! You can fill an entire bag with whatever you’d like for only $20!! We got so much! And he gave us a free thing of strawberries, free cilantro, and parsley! My husband and I decided with customer service like that and amazing produce we are going to make this part of our routine on weekends and get a lot of our produce here instead of the store! Donovan said he gets all his stuff locally and besides a few items most the produce is not sprayed! Check out his place !!

Photo of Sarah Toton Sarah Toton
Jul 13, 2019 5

I love the fresh produce and neighborhood feel. The owner and employees are very friendly and helpful. This place is close to my house so it helps me pick fresh veggies right before dinner. I love that they sell meat (BBQ and other) now and that they have special events. They are dog friendly too. The 20 dollar bag deal is great!

Photo of Madeline Roper Madeline Roper
Jul 1, 2019 5

I love the $20 bag deal and their produce is fresh and delicious. I recommend the popsicles and sorbets. Good customer service too. There's also an ADORABLE CAT 😍😍😍 that I think belongs to the owner. I will definitely come back.

Photo of Regina Beard Regina Beard
Apr 27, 2019 5

Met the owner of this legacy produce market and he gave me the history of Perkins and shared everything I needed to know to shop. Purchased the popular $20 bag of any fruits and vegetables I could pack in and got a package of free strawberries also. My first visit but definitely not my last.

Photo of franicallison franicallison
May 17, 2019 5

Proud to be able to have this in my community and to support them through purchasing produce. . Produce and sorbet pops were all delicious. Keep up the great customer service Donavan!

Photo of Lynette Lynette
Jun 7, 2019 5

Awesome place! Very reasonable for fantastic produce.... and the service is beyond exceptional. Well done!!!

Photo of Tish F. Tish F.
May 4, 2019 5

This was my first time going and I am so glad that I did. I usually go to the Farmer's Market, but when I can't get there by noon, I miss out. Perkins Orchard is near my house and there are so many varieties of fruit. The $20 bounty bag is perfect. I will stop by weekly to get out fresh produce and other local items.

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
May 15, 2019 5

Awesome $20 bag deal comes with a free item. Veggie and fruit quality looked good. Loved the peach and honey I had tonight and looking forward to the many other items I got! Owner is super friendly and helpful. His love for maintaining the family business shows!

Photo of Harley Hopkins Harley Hopkins
Jul 16, 2020 5

Lovely place! Good selection, parking, and you get a free item with the $20 bag. Washed off and cut up my cherry tomatoes as soon as I got home, and they're delicious! Will definitely return, doesn't get much fresher than this. Got me excited to get my garden beds done soon!

Photo of Anthony Jay Blackwell Anthony Jay Blackwell
Jul 18, 2020 5

Wow! A great open-air produce market providing farm-fresh fruit, vegetables, butter, jams, honey and other items. Over 300 local farms supply a continuing stock of deliciousness. This is a family business existing for 50 years, black-owned, which moves more farm produce than any competitor in the state.

Photo of Thomasina Hamilton Thomasina Hamilton
Jul 26, 2020 5

The fruit is always delicious and sweet and you can't beat the $20 bag fill-up with an extra free item. The vegetables are equally delicious. You can even purchase beef, pork and chicken. The owner and staff are pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoy our visit every time we go. Highly recommend!!

Photo of Nika Bass Clayton Nika Bass Clayton
Jul 5, 2020 5

I live all the way in Person County and will come in to buy my fruit and veggies. After the first trip there, you will be back, faithfully. Super fresh. Great quality for your $. Amazing. I recommend.

Photo of Madison Walker Madison Walker
Jul 15, 2020 5

The best! So cute and also has such a wide selection of fruits and veggies! As well as jarred goodies like elderberry jam and honey 😋

Photo of Mia Burwell Mia Burwell
Jul 12, 2020 5

Perkin's Orchard never disappoints! Friendly service, great produce, and great prices. Without a doubt the BEST place for produce.

Photo of Andrea Pulliam Andrea Pulliam
Nov 21, 2021 5

Awesome experience. Super kind staff. It didn't even feel like we were in Durham. It was a nice get away for us and our kids. We had a nice time outdoors, got beautiful produce, and best of all its black owned. It was so peaceful - literally a spiritual experience - I almost cried. My toddler was so happy. Fruits and veggies, she got to help us gather our items, and outdoors. All of her favorite things.

Photo of Eco Watchdogs Eco Watchdogs
Mar 7, 2022 5

What a find!!! An oasis of produce in the middle of the Triangle. I make a point to stop here every time I'm in Durham. The staff at Perkins Orchard is very friendly, the manicured grounds are amazing, and the selection is impressive for its size. My $20 bag with cage-free eggs is enough to feed omelets to 6 people with enough fruit and veggies to spare for dinner. The $99 deal yields enough fruit to do my seasonal still runs. You can't get any better than this.

Photo of Regina Beard Regina Beard
Mar 27, 2022 5

It was a great day to shop produce at Perkins on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Their selection is unmatched and with the $20 bag deal, why wouldn't you shop here regularly. Can't wait to try my freebue homemade apple butter with the bag deal. Love this place!

Photo of Camille Sherrod Camille Sherrod
Feb 16, 2022 5

Since moving to Durham & discovering Perkins, I’ve eaten better quality, locally sourced food and am SO much healthier! We truly are what we eat, & I’m glad to find nutrient rich food straight from the good earth—not a manufacturing plant. Great customer service with friendly, knowledgeable staff. LOVE this place!

Photo of Matthew Matthew
Feb 27, 2022 5

First timer here and had a great overall experience. I participated in the $20 bag deal, where you stuff has much produce in a bag. The woman at the check out insisted I had more room and had me go back. I am excited to bring friends and family here when they come to visit!

Photo of Amari H Amari H
Jan 19, 2021 5

Unfortunately it’s temporarily closed right now, but I come here all of the time for my produce!! I was truly shocked reading some of these reviews as I have NEVER had a bad experience with them, the staff has always been nothing but respectful to me and my boyfriend. I love their $20 bag deal, and I LOVE the fact that it’s black owned! Plenty to choose from and you can even buy meats.... Can’t wait until it opens back

Photo of Lori Thompson Lori Thompson
Dec 12, 2020 5

It was my first time there today. The employees were so helpful and nice when explaining how the pricing works. I can't wait to go back there in the Spring when they reopen.

Photo of Amy Armstrong Amy Armstrong
Dec 12, 2020 5

Staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a great variety of produce available. The story of this establishment is inspiring!

Photo of Kyle Winters Kyle Winters
Dec 6, 2020 3

Cool place, but we came for Christmas Trees. $360 may be market price, but is too steep for us. This isn't a knock against Perkins Orchard staff- the market is what the market is. This is just an average, 3-star informational review for others trying to navigate the shortage this year. We found a similar tree elsewhere for less.

Photo of Michael Long Michael Long
Sep 5, 2020 5

This place is simply awesome. The staff are so knowledgeable , friendly and helpful. The $20 bag is an unbelievable bargain for such fresh fruits and veggies! You don’t have to wait till Saturday to go to a farmers market.. Perkins is open 7 days a week till 8pm!

Photo of Mary Warren Mary Warren
Oct 2, 2020 4

The $20 deal bag is pretty awesome. I got 2 huge Honeycrisp apples, 1 small cabbage, 4 end of season tomatoes, about a pint of cherry tomatoes, a small eggplant, a medium red onion, a small bunch of bananas, a ripe plantain plus they gave me a free pineapple. Things I'd like to have gotten - beautiful oyster mushrooms. Sorry I missed the orange watermelons this summer. The owner gives newbies a quick tour and history of this Black-owned family business that's thrived in Durham for 50 years. I'll definitely be back.

Photo of Calientebabe Calientebabe
Sep 23, 2020 5

What an amazing experience! I am new to NC and my daughter in MD suggested that I visit Perkins Orchard. It was such a wonderful experience. I was greeted with a smile and a lovely welcome, then I received a brief tour. I learned a lot about the business and its owner. I then went shopping taking advantage of the $20 promotion to fill a bag with produce and also get a free product. I couldn't wait to tell my daughter, so I text her pictures from the parking lot. I felt very safe as the staff and customers wore masks and practiced social distancing. I will definitely be back. Thank you Perkins Orchard for your professionalism, delicious produce, and noteworthy customer service.

Photo of Lauren Hodges Lauren Hodges
Sep 11, 2020 5

I love this place! The $20 bag deal is where it's at. As a two person household, it's nice being able to mix produce so I don't end up buying too many of one thing and letting it go bad. I'm currently fixated on their perfect peaches and seedless watermelon, but also make sure to grab avocados because you won't find a better deal on them in the area! The staff is always super helpful and smiling, even when there's a line of people waiting to enter on a hot Saturday or it's fifteen minutes before closing in the middle of the week. Seriously can't say enough good things about Perkins Orchard. Once you go you won't look at the produce sections of the big chain grocery stores the same way again!

Photo of Kristen Wise Kristen Wise
Oct 3, 2020 5

This place is amazing! We've lived in Durham for a few years and recently visited for our first time. They have a wide assortment of produce, local poultry, and baked goods. The prices are reasonable and more importantly, it supports local businesses. The owner and team are extremely professional and courteous and also felt very safe in the COVID era. Will be back!!!

Photo of Ashley Payne Ashley Payne
Sep 8, 2020 5

I love this farmer’s market so much. The staff is always super helpful and kind. It’s also great that they give you a free item if you purchase the $20 fill up bag.

Photo of Jennifer Griffith Jennifer Griffith
Aug 10, 2020 5

Nice fruits and vegetables from local growers and from outside the area. They also carry local honey, specialty ciders, and locally produced jams, jellies, and condiments. The owner, Donovan, is a good, honest businessman. When you're there, take advantage of their $20 fill the bag special, which also includes a free item in addition to the field bag of fruits and veggies.

Photo of Kimberly Clark Kimberly Clark
May 31, 2022 4

Love this place, I have been patronizing for years. However, I wish the workers were a little more knowledgeable in what they are selling. I had a question about a couple of items, I can tell she didn't know by her answer. In her defense, after the second question she was willing to go ask someone else.

Photo of Madeline Baker Madeline Baker
Jun 6, 2022 5

I can always find the freshest produce at Perkins! The owner has created an shopping experience you can’t find anywhere else - it’s definitely worth the trip! I love their house made sorbets and seasonal popsicles too

Photo of Deloris Nwadeyi Deloris Nwadeyi
Jun 25, 2022 5

This is place is my new grocery store and more! The people are soo nice and helpful! The produce is always amazingly fresh and just all around great quality. I always go in for there $20 bag deal. I freaking love this place.

Photo of Chang Jung Chang Jung
Jun 25, 2022 3

I need to preface that this is a great place to get produce and we shop here all the time, but it was our first time getting watermelon here. The checkout person was rude. She asked what type of watermelon we wanted (red, orange, or yellow) and we asked what's the difference. She said we are essentially blind if we can't tell the difference 🤷‍♀️ Regardless, the watermelon we got was juicy and sweet.

Photo of Andrew Richard Andrew Richard
Jul 16, 2022 5

This place is great. Even if you aren't getting the $20 bag deal (which you should), this is great. Whenever you go you'll find new types of produce as well as the classics. This should be on every local newspaper and TV station for bettering the communities food understanding and overall environment.

Photo of Cherise McManus Cherise McManus
Aug 6, 2022 5

This place is amazing! As soon as I walked in I was greeted and given a history lesson, thank you David. They have a WIDE range of fruits, veggies, honey, butter, ciders and other freshly grown food. They have a $20 deal where you can fill a bag and everything that fits is $20 total. They even have a separate shop with meats. Definitely worth it. I will now come here for my eggs, fruits and veggies for now.

Photo of Ayritha Sample Ayritha Sample
Jul 30, 2022 5

This was my first time going there and I love it! If you're looking for fresh fruits and vegetables this is the place. They also have a store that sells certain meat and other products. Great customer service! Highly recommend!

Photo of Robert McLymore Robert McLymore
Oct 2, 2021 5

Really enjoyed our visit to Perkins Orchard. The $20 bag was a great way to try out a lot of inventory. Some of the sweetest grapes I’ve ever tasted came from Perkins. The owner Donovan was very active. He came right up and gave us the first time visitor’s tour. The staff was very nice and helpful as well. Great place to visit, I recommend giving Perkins Orchard a visit!

Photo of Tiarra Geter Tiarra Geter
Sep 8, 2022 5

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The produce is amazing, the atmosphere is amazing, employees are amazing! Donovan is an extremely hard worker and it was very nice to see him around and of course, Ms.Perkins is such a treat and was sure to make us feel right at home.

Photo of Randy Parnell Randy Parnell
Aug 28, 2022 5

Open 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Most of the Orcahard is pet friendly. Parking is past the buildings. Make sure you are watching your GPS, or you will drive right past, but this place is worth stopping. The owner is happy and energetic. His passion for people and produce make for a unique shopping experience! Produce Building- the home of the $25 produce grab bag! Anything you can put in the bag for $25! They have fresh produce, everything from tomatoes, lemons, limes, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, and so much more! Watermelon 🍉 bins- grab your watermelon mine was juicy and sweet! Green Building- it has soups, lemonade, meats, precooked Bar-BQ, cheese straws and sooooo much more! They have pumpkins 🎃 and 🎄 Christmas trees.

Photo of John John
May 22, 2022 5

The best little fruit stand / Orchard in the area. The produce is excellent. We got a fill your own bag for $21.50 and had the best Pico de Gallo and salads for the week. They threw in a free pineapple which was one of the best pineapples I've ever eaten. Thank goodness for a place like this so close to home

Photo of Meghan Reid Meghan Reid
Jun 28, 2022 5

Friendly staff ready to greet you and tell you the history of the fruit stand! I did the $20 bag deal and ended up with what would have cost $30 at a grocery store (I added everything up online out of curiosity). Will be returning!

Photo of Victoria Sabisch Victoria Sabisch
Sep 15, 2022 5

What an absolutely amazing place. There $25 bag deal is fantastic. You get such a better deal than the farmers market and the store. We will definitely be getting our produce from here from now on. The staff were very friendly and kind.