Strawberries on 903 is located in southern Pitt County in the heart of a thriving farm community. This farm is included in 1600 acres of the Renston community that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The McLawhorn family began farming in the early 1900s. At this time, tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cotton were the prevalent crops. The sharecroppers and tenants that lived here experienced a simple life that evolved around farming. The pack house, wash house, commissary, and outdoor ice house that were used in this era are still standing.
From the 1950s to the 1990s, the McLawhorns were involved in the dairy business, egg production, and beef cattle industry. The farm quickly became one of the largest dairy and egg productions facilities in eastern NC. The milking parlor, silos, feedlots, egg grading and storage facilities are still a novelty to many visitors.
A commercial herd of 60 Black Angus cattle still roams the farm. When visiting the farm, chances are a cow will greet visitors with a baby calf tagging along.
Since 2000, Steve McLawhorn and Mike Skinner have been growing strawberries and produce at the Renston Homestead, 4 miles south of Winterville on Hwy 903. They currently cultivate over 25 different varieties of fruit and vegetables, several varieties of cut flowers and plants, all natural beef, all natural pork, and fresh farm eggs. The fruits of their labor are available to consumers from the roadside stand at Strawberries on 903, through CSA shares, and at the Pitt County Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and Sundays during open season.