PICTURE PERFECT: Pender Co. farmer turns land into sunflower field

Sunflower fields at Old River Farms near Burgaw. (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a field of sunflowers perfect for photos for you and your family and you can even take a few home.

It’s happening this weekend at the Old River Farms near Burgaw.

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Farmer Michael Lanier usually plants strawberries, but since the crop wasn’t great last year he decided to plant something different this time, so he planted more than 100 pounds of sunflower seeds!

Lanier says the field of sunshine is shortlived though.

“This will be the only week that they’re blooming unfortunately,” Farmer Michael Lanier said. “We are going to try another field of sunflowers that will be ready in the fall so that maybe the weather will be a little more comfortable in late September or October.”

Old River Farms is at 8711 Old River Road in Burgaw.

There’s no admission to walk through the flowers Friday or Saturday but if you want to take some home they’re a dollar per stem.

Next week, professional photographers can rent the field for private photo shoots.