With the onset of August, you may find an influx of delicious peaches in your local farmers market or grocers, but few things are quite as rewarding as picking those succulent, fuzz covered fruits from right off the vine all while supporting local farmers right here in Northern Virginia. Whether a great date idea or a family trip to the farm, peach picking is an all around blast and the rewards (that delicious peachy goodness) is diet friendly! Peach Picking in Virginia? Yum.
Now that we’ve thoroughly convinced you to go peach picking (wasn’t that hard, was it?), we’d love to share some hidden peach pick-your-own farm gems within an hour of drive time right from your Northern Virginia front door! Peach season in Virginia runs from mid-July to the end of August so definitely schedule your day trip as soon as you can so you aren’t stuck with “slim-pickin’s.”
“You will find Hartland Farm in Markham, Virginia on Route 66 at exit 18. We are about an hour drive west of Washington, DC. The tomato patch, sweet corn, pumpkin patch, corn maze and fun field are located in the front fields near the entrance at Hartland Orchard.Â Order our fresh home made pies through the contact page, email or give us a call. Check the farm market page for types we make and prices. You can request a different pie and we will check our recipes.Â Our jams, preserves, salsas and dressings make wonderful gifts. Find more information on the Farm Market page.Â Hartland Orchard, Hartland Farm and Green Truck Farm are three family businesses operated on the Green family farm.Â Visit Hartland to pick your own berries and vegetables in spring and summer and for fall fun with our pumpkin patches, corn maze and fun field. End your year with a visit to Hank’s Christmas trees where you can cut your own tree or buy a beautiful pre cut Frazer fir from southwest Virginia. ”
“Our variety selections allow us to extend our customers picking season by having early, mid, and late season varieties. For example we start picking peaches in early July and will have varieties ripening through early September. We have over twenty varieties of peach to make this possible. In the peak of our season, mid August, we will be picking berries, peaches, apples, pluots, along with our expanded vegetable acreage.
Our goal for Mackintosh Fruit Farm was to find fruit varieties that have amazing flavor and texture and grow them on dwarf trees that can be picked easily from the ground. We combined our favorite varieties with size controlling rootstocks. This is done by grafting selected varieties on a root system that will allow us to plant a tree that is smaller when mature, easier to pick, and is known for producing larger tastier fruit.”
3. Hollin FarmsÂ -Â 1436 Snowden Road,Â Delaplane, VA 20144
“Hollin Farms is a four-generation family farm next to Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, northern Virginia, about 45 minutes from the Washington, DC beltway. Peaches, plums, blackberries, red raspberries, and lots of summer vegetables. Bring a cooler with some ice to keep your fruit and veggies cool on the way home!”
4.Â Valley View FarmÂ -Â 1562 Leeds Manor Rd.Â Delaplane, VA 20144
“Located in Fauquier County, Virginia, in the middle of the hunt country of the northern Piedmont, Valley View Farm is an historic tract where the Old Virginia tradition of rural living in an idyllic setting has survived. Nestled in Crooked Run Valley in Delaplane, just south of Sky Meadows State Park, this historic 500-acre farm is recognized as the crown jewel of the Crooked Run Valley Rural Historic District, which is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Valley View has been recognized by leading landscape authorities as â€œone of the most beautiful sceneries in the world.â€ The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently proclaimed Valley View â€œan idyllic setting . . . Paradise,â€ and internationally renowned American landscape artist Andrei Kushnir called the Farm â€œan inspiration . . . to paint that countryside is like getting into the soul of the Country.â€ The Farm is ideally located in Virginia hunt country near a number of wineries, bed and breakfasts, and is less than one hour from downtown Washington, DC.”
5.Â Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and BakeryÂ Â -Â 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602
“Relax while sitting on the front porch in our rocking chairs and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.Â Or go on an adventure, by purchasing containers and going out to pick your very own fruits and vegetables (check for availability throughout the season).Â We have many picnic tables, so feel free to pack a lunch or purchase food from our food building when it is open (every weekend August-October).Â Inside the market there are a variety of products to choose from and donâ€™t forget to check outÂ our bakery and the apple cider donuts.Â Wrap up your visit with a stop by our â€œSweets Shopâ€ where you can select from fresh made fudge, hand dipped ice cream, or cider slushees.”