Located in the heart of Southeast Durham, surrounded by a residential neighborhood. Perkins Orchard is uniquely Grandfathered into the City of Durham.  

Photos by Donovan alexander Watson


                    Dr. J.E. PERKINS (pictured above) is the Founder & President of the Historical Apex School of Theology



  • Perkins Orchard was founded in 1970 by the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Perkins. It started out as a simple roadside stand with Tomatoes & Cucumbers, before long Dr. Perkins was planting trees around the House in which Perkins Orchard Rest. 200 plus fruit trees covered the 3 acre property. Plum Trees, Apples, Pears, Cherry Trees,  Pecan, Blueberry bushes, Peach trees, & Grape vines along with the annual garden


  • As time past connections were made with farmers across the state of North Carolina & to this day we rely mostly on these connections that deliver such produce. Our company is based on the Belief & Trust of the honor system. There used to be a Drop Box through the door in which customers could drop there money or change after they have completed there purchase. With the vast changing effect technology has had on merchants, Perkins Orchard began accepting Credit & Debit Cards in 2011 & in 2013 expanded further back onto our property.

Knocked down 60 pine trees, dumped 20 tons of dirt, & 30 tons of crush n run. Reopened for our 43rd season June 1st, 2013. 

  • Perkins' is beneath 60 feet of shaded trees which provides a beautiful atmosphere when surrounded by Fresh Fruits & Vegetables throughout the growing season. Our entire team is committed to providing a wonderful outdoor atmosphere, As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. 


1 mile off of Highway 54/I-40

Just off East Woodcroft Pkwy!




(919) 491-9559



5749 Barbee Road

Durham,NC 27713



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