12 Places for the Best Peach Picking VA

Peach Picking Virginia – who doesn’t love a freshly picked peach? 

Depending on which farm grows which varieties, you can typically pick peaches from June right through to September. 

Have a look at some great places to pick your own peaches in VA.

 

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Stribling Orchard – Peach Picking in VA

11587 POVERTY HOLLOW LANE MARKHAM, VIRGINIA 22643

At Striblings Farm they are an absolute authority of fruit growing, having been learning their trade for over 200 years!

“We are a family-run pick your own orchard. We are the sixth generation of Striblings to farm this land, and we are proud of the fruit our family has grown for the last 200 years. Our apples are available from mid-August through early November. Beginning in September, we offer fresh cider and all sizes and shapes of pumpkins.

Come and enjoy a day in the country at our orchard. Relax, bring a picnic, and enjoy our breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come see our historic buildings, visit our many farm animals, and pick some of Virginia’s finest fruit.

We have the following varieties of apples: McIntosh, Jonathan, Rambo Smokehouse, Mutsu Crispin, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Grimes Golden, Ida Red, and Cox Pippin.

From July to November we feature apples, peaches, pumpkins, cider, and fresh baked breads and pies.”

 

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Stribling Orchard

 

 

Mackintosh Fruit Farm

1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA

Mackintosh Fruit Farm is located in the very aptly named and beautiful town of Berryville , Mackintosh. Mackintosh Fruit Farm is a family-owned PYO farm nestled in the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley in Clarke County, VA. They produce is first-rate fruit and the pick-your-own crops are well known as some of the best throughout the area. Their assortment of fruit selections allows their PYO customers early, mid, and late-season varieties. Strawberry picking season usually begins in May. 

“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.”

Apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries, blackberries, local honey and pumpkins available when in season.

 

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Mackintosh Fruit Farm

 

Morris Orchard

226 Tobacco Row Ln, Monroe, VA 24574

Morris Orchard is a family owned and operated farm. We are located at the foot of High Peak Mountain in Monroe Virginia. Our goal is to provide the freshest and highest quality produce possible as well as good times for all who visit. When you visit Morris Orchard you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the small farm atmosphere.

We grow Apples, Peaches, Blueberries, Blackberries, and press Apple Cider.” With 17 varieties of apples, in season at different times through fall, you can be sure to enjoy some different tastes and flavors each time you visit!

And… if you love cider “Each year our focus on pressing high quality apple cider starts when the trees bloom in the spring and continues through harvest and into pressing, blending, and bottling our cider. There are no additives or preservatives, the only ingredient is apples.

Over time we have become known for our signature blend of tart and sweet apple varieties.  Morris Orchard Apple Cider can be found at many farm markets, and shops through the area”.

 

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Morris Orchard

 

 

Mount Pleasant Farm

2201 Mt Pleasant Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Mount Pleasant Farm is the ultimate destination for a family trip to enjoy the great outdoors. In addition to the top draw pick-your-own available, there’s also an array of other activities to please everyone, including pony rides, a barrel train and a playground.

“Mount Pleasant Farms was born in 2011 with the first peach harvest from the new orchard. We have since added a couple more pick your own options. A Strawberry Patch, Pumpkin Patch and Blackberries. We also added Free Range Chickens from which we sell their brown eggs inside our store and we also offer wholesale options to restaurants and other markets.

We have several different fruits available for u-pick depending on the season! ( call the store or check our Facebook page for availability )

*Strawberries- Spring ( Mid April to Mid June)

*Peaches- Summer ( End June to Early August)

*Blackberries- Summer ( Mid June to Early August)

*Summer Apples- Summer ( Early July to August)

*Nectarines- Summer ( Mid July)

*Pumpkins- Fall ( Late September to October)”

 

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Mount Pleasant Farm

 

Critzer Family Farm

9388 Critzer Shop Road Afton, VA 22920

Critzer Family Farm is the ideal destination for an outdoor day with family and friends. Connect with nature, get some fresh air in your lungs and tire out the little ones!

“Critzer Family Farm is a friendly, down-home setting perfect for you and your family to enjoy. Our goal is to provide you with the freshest, best-tasting and healthiest produce that you can find.  We use environmentally-friendly methods and we have a 5-generation commitment to leave the land and community better than we found it.

Our farm offers kids a place where they can learn about hard work and integrity, and experience a bit of farm life, showing them where their food comes from. We are open to the public from April to October. Make plans to visit, we’d love to see you!”

 

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Critzer Family Farm

 

Hollin Farms

1524 Snowden Road, Delaplane, VA 20144

Beautifully situated on the Blue Ridge Mountains is Hollin Farm, which has been in the same family for four generations.

In May and June we pick strawberries, late June and early July raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sour cherries, spring and summer vegetables. 

July and August there are berries, peaches, Japanese plums, Asian pears, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, beans, okra, eggplant, squash, dig-your-own potatoes, cut flowers, and other summer vegetables.  September and October see Apples and Pumpkins.

 

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Hollin Farm

 

Dickie Brothers Orchard

Dickie Bros. Orchard, LLC, 2685 Dickie Rd, Roseland, VA  22967

Dickie Brothers Orchard is one of the oldest, longest running same-family owned and operated farms in the USA! That’s an impressive stat! They also have a fascinating history!

“Dickie Brothers Orchard has been in our family since England’s King George II sold three tracts of land to our Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather James Dickie in 1752, 1758 and 1760.  Grandpa James was required to begin working the land within 3 years.  Our family has been farming this land ever since…  269 years and 9 generations.   Now, that’s sustainability!

We grow and produce quality products and sell at the lowest price we can in order to help our customers have quality food at a fair price, yet still allow us to continue to run our farm.

When mother nature allows us to grow a full crop, we harvest 70,000 bushels of apples per year!  But, we don’t just grow a few varieties of apples… we grow 20 different varieties of apples as well as peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and much more.

PYO apples begins mid August.

How about some apple picking hints and tips. ”

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once an apple is picked, it stops ripening.

Picking apples directly from a tree is easy.  Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don’t pull straight away from the tree.

If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time.

Don’t shake the trees or branches.

The tree may become damaged and we need to protect our trees to ensure they remain healthy.”

 

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Dickie Brothers Orchard

 

Marker Miller Orchards

3035 Cedar Creek Grade  ·  Winchester, VA 22602

At Marker Miller Orchards they warmly welcome all members of the family to visit and enjoy the stunning countryside surroundings, fresh air and fruit picking.

“Relax while sitting on the front porch in our rocking chairs and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. 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). 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 July-October).

Pick your own schedule:

July:  peaches, red raspberries, blackberries, and tomatoes.

August:  peaches, red raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, Ginger Gold apples and Gala apples

September & October: 12 varieties of apples, pumpkins, and winter squash”

 

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Marker Miller Orchards

 

 

Carter Mountain Orchard

1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Carter Mountain Orchard is very much a family affair, and so conveniently located, just a short drive from town large towns and you find yourselves in rural Virginia!

“Just minutes from downtown Charlottesville and Monticello, visitors overlook lush groves and breathtaking views of the valley below. Against this stunning backdrop, families and friends pick sun-ripened peaches and crisp apples while breathing in the fresh mountain air.

From season to season, there’s always something fun! From mid-August until mid-December, you can pick your own apples or buy ready-picked apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts (a runaway hit year after year), and our scrumptious apple pies.

We grow MANY different subtle varieties, most with boring technical names, so our peaches are best categorized as white, yellow, and donut. All our peaches are offered ready-picked, or as pick-your-own when in season at Chiles Peach Orchard and Carter Mountain Orchard.”

 

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Carter Mountain Orchard

 

Fruit Hill Orchard

2745 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra, VA 22963

Fruit Hill Orchard is family run, with a passion for honest, sustainable fruit and veg. There is even an Apple Museum on site to visit!

“Our family has been in the orchard business for five generations. The orchard started in 1929 in Winchester, VA, but in 2000, our grandfather, Robert Solenberger, asked if he could plant “a few” apple trees in the front yard here in Palmyra so the grandkids could learn about the family business. He showed up with 900 apple trees, and our life hasn’t been the same since. Now we have over 2,000 fruit trees and annually plant thousands of other vegetables.

We have a large variety of apples available, both pick your own and pre-picked. Below, you’ll find a list of all of our varieties listed in the order they are available, as well as their approximate date of availability. The exact date depends on weather.

Late July Apples

Gingergold*

August Apples

Gala*, Blondie, Honeycrisp, Daybreak Fuji*

September Apples

Golden Delicious*, Jonagold*, Ida Red, Nittany*, Crispin, Empire, York, Crimson Crisp, Rome

October Apples

Stayman*, Winesap*, Fuji*, Gold Rush*, Arkansas Black*, Enterprise, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Pink Lady*

We will have pre picked peaches available from mid/late July through Labor Day. Pick your own peaches are more limited than apples due to the earlier season and fewer number of trees. Call ahead to confirm pick your own availability.

As the weather cools down, we bring out the pumpkins, butternut squash, acorn squash, and Mums.

*please note that some years, we have more of some varieties than others, and occasionally we may have very light crops of some of our apple varieties. Please call in advance if you are looking for a specific variety.”

 

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Fruit Hill Orchard

Cullipher Farm

772 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457

In addition to Pick-your-own fruit and vegetables, at Cullipher Farm there is also an outdoor play area and a market to explore.
 
“Pick-your-own apples season starts in August and is open 8-12, last pickers enter orchard at 11:30. ( please always check the website for updates before visiting) We’ll be picking crimson crisp, gala and enterprise varieties.  Price is $2.50 per lb. We supply bags and also have 1/2 bushel baskets available for purchase for $1 each.

You must have a ticket to pick!

Later in the apple picking season there is going to be rot in the fields between being this late in the season and the warm weather. The best apples will be further in the trellises and lighter in color.
We also sell a limited amount of Evercrisp, Ludacrisp, Winecrisp, Gold Rush, and Spitzenberg from the farm at our roadside market.
 
There are UPick pumpkins and sunflowers through the end of October. There are three sunflower fields that will peak at different times between now and the end of October. Cullipher Farm Market is able to offer seasonal UPick opportunities starting with strawberries in the spring to pumpkins in the fall as follows (crops and approximate dates):

Late September to Halloween: Pumpkins and Sunflowers

Spring: Strawberries and Blueberries

Early July to Mid-August: Peaches”

 
 
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Cullipher Farm

 

Albemarle Cider Works & Vintage Virginia Apples

2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, VA 22959

At Albemarle Cider Works and Vintage Virginia Apples, you won’t find your average pick-your-own orchard. They have a fascinating philosophy and vision for their orchard business, which is explained in detail here.

“Vintage Virginia Apples was founded in 2000 by the Shelton family. In our orchard, we grow a variety of tree fruits that are becoming increasingly rare. Many of these are older varieties that have fallen into obscurity or just do not fit the needs of today’s commercial marketing and distribution systems. We began by planting a small array of interesting apples, which has grown now to more than 200 different cultivars, both heirloom and more recent varieties.

We have also experimented with growing a variety of other fruits including peaches, pears and plums. Our nursery has grown from this love of vintage varieties, which we aim to share with like-minded orchardists by offering over 100 varieties of fruit trees from our collection through our fall/winter catalog which we post online each fall.  Many of these varieties are virtually unobtainable elsewhere.

While apples are our primary focus here at Rural Ridge Orchard, we also enjoy growing for our own use other tree fruits that have merit and distinction and are difficult to find today. For the connoisseur, seeking them out is rewarding and worthwhile. Our enthusiasm has led us to collect pears that we think may grow well in the mid-Atlantic, peaches, plums, apricots, quince and the old Black Heart Cherry which is almost impossible to find these days. We propagate a selection of these fruits every year to sell to the discriminating enthusiast as well as our apples.

Many of these do not ship well, have a relatively short shelf life or other attributes that make them difficult to fit into the industrial agricultural system and mass distribution food market that dominates our food chain supply these days. The efficiency of this pattern is unparalleled and as a nation, we eat better and more cheaply than virtually anywhere in the world. Yet the price we pay is the decline of many of the special and varied flavors that come from plums such as the Green Gage and peaches like George IV, White Champion, Peregrine, and Elberta.  We sell these fruits at the farm in season.  They are often in very limited supply. “

 

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Albemarle Orchard

 

 

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