Where in Fredericksburg, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: April 2014: Spring is just around the corner. Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam!
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Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!
Mount Olympus Berry Farm - Strawberries, blueberries,
blackberries, melons, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and gourds
23298 Jefferson Davis Highway, Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Phone: (804) 448-0395; FAX (804) 448-2913, FAX (804) 448-2913. E-mail: email@example.com. Directions: Located at U.S. 1 in Carmel Church. I-95 exit 104 (Bowling Green/Carmel Church). Go west on Route 207 to U.S. Route 1. Turn right (north) on U.S. 1. Go approximately one mile. Farm in on the left. Open: 9 am to 6 pm, daily, April-October 31. Call for current in-season hours. Farm stand and garden center/nursery with locally-grown fruit and veggies. Jams, jellies, and local honey available. Convenient to Richmond or Northern Virginia areas. Customers welcome to picnic by the lake. Arrange for your daycare or school group to come pick their own pumpkin. Please call for current hours and picking conditions. They also have bulk / wholesale pumpkins. (UPDATED: May 09, 2009)
Comments from a visitor on July 12, 2011: "Excellent. First visit this weekend & would highly recommend it. We went for U-pick blueberries & blackberries, both of which were available this past weekend. Also have nice farm market., restrooms, picnic area. Not organic, but sustainable. I think they do holiday themed events. A lot of detail on their web page & on Facebook"
Fredericksburg (City of)
King William County
- Bell Acres Blackberry Farm -Blackberries, Day
Lilies, sweet corn
906 Roane Oak Road, King William, VA, 23086. Phone: 804-769-3449. Cash and carry. No restrooms or picnic area. Directions: Take Route 360 east of Mechanicsville. Travel to intersection of Route 360 and Route 30. Turn right on Route 30. Go approximately 4 miles to Route 650 (beside VDOT headquarters). Turn left on Route 650. Farm is 1 mile on right. Located off VA Hyw 30 at VDOT Maintenance garage and communications tower. Open: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 am to 12 noon, Saturday; closed Sunday. Please bring your own containers to take berries home.
Pleasant Fields Farm - blackberries, blueberries, pumpkins,
raspberries, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce,
1765 Nelsons Bridge Road, Hanover, VA 23069. Phone: 1-804-994-2791. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Route 30 to Dabneys Mill Road; go about 1 mile; Turn right onto Nelsons Bridge Road; Farm will be about a 1 on the right. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in April through October. Open: Pick - your - own is available from daylight to dark and Hayrides and Haunted Forest is open Thursdays and Fridays 5pm to 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 10pm. We open in May with pick-your-own Strawberries and our Self-Serve Stand; Then we have Blueberries ,Blackberries and Raspberries; In the fall starting October2 pm to November 1st We have our hayrides and Haunted Forest along with pumpkins and Mums. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: September 17, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2009: "My husband and I went picking at Pleasant Fields Farm this morning. Blackberries were plentiful, and raspberries were just beginning to come into season. Blueberries were advertised, but were picked clean. The farm is open from daylight to dark. Today (a Sunday) it was operating on the honor system, and cash or checks could be left for payment. There was a nice farm stand with lots of produce pre=picked: watermelons, corn, butternut squash, zucchini, acorn squash, eggplant, apples, oranges, peaches, cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, a variety of potatoes, lemons, limes, and fresh honey. I don't know how much of it was local (the tomatoes and honey definitely were). No fresh cut flowers available, but we weren't looking for them anyway. There is a restroom available."
Bentwaters Farm - spray-free blueberries
1083 Circle Drive, Route 600, Mathews, VA 23109. Phone: 804-725-5839. E-mail: email@example.com. Directions: From I-64 at West Point exit #220, follow Route 33 to the intersection with Route 17 at Glenns. Crossing Route 17, Route 33 becomes Route 198. Follow to Route 14 at Mathews Court House, continue on Route 14 east for approximately 8 miles to the Newpoint Fire Station. Turn right onto Circle Drive (Route 600) approximately 1 mile lane on right marked with sign. Open: by appointment, pick your own beginning in August, on Friday and Saturday only, no Sundays; Call or e-mail for an appointment. Isolated waterfront farm in beautiful Mathews County, Virginia. Check the area's website or call toll free, 1-877-725-4BAY, for features and accommodations. Friendly farm animals - sheep, cashmere goats, llamas, and Angora rabbits, a treat for young and old. Pick-your-own season is typically mid-July through August. Fresh-picked berries for your convenience, also. Pure wool yarn for knitters or weavers. Finished hand crafted wool products, as well. Hand woven baskets and unique walking staffs and canes. Scheduled classes for spinning, weaving, dying yarn, knitting and basket weaving are also offered for groups or individuals. (UPDATED: July 27, 2009)
Eastfields Farms - No pesticides
are used, blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
85 Preston Pt Rd, Mathews , VA 23109. Phone: 804 725 3948. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: July, August, possibly also September, on? Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From highway 17 in Gloucester-take Route 14E to Mathews.Make right onto Route 611,right onto 621,right onto 622, left onto Thurston Road First right onto Preston Pt Road to end. From I-64 exit at West Point, take Route 33 to Glenns, cross over Route 17 to Route 198 continue East to Mathews.Take 198 to Route 621, make right continue to Route 622 Follow as above. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check. Pick your own spray free blueberries in chemical free fields. Picking buckets provided. Bring take home container(low flat box) Open Fri,Sat,Sun 8am-2pm Call ahead to confirm Weekly updates on Facebook or by phone. Berries are Virginia's Finest, we are also recipient of Clean Water Farm Award. Farm raised oysters grown and available on premises. Free aquaculture advisory service. Picnic area and restroom available. Pick-your-own and fresh-picked "spray free blueberries. (UPDATED: May 31, 2013) (UPDATED: July 26, 2009)
- Tater Neck Blueberry Farm - Blueberries.
Route 608/ Potato Neck Road, Port Haywood, VA, 23138. Phone: (804) 725-2623. They are open during the day light hours and use no chemicals on their bushes.
August 30, 2007, A visitor writes: "If no one is there, they have an honor policy on what you pick and how to pay. Do bring your bug spray, because the very nearby marsh can cause some very hungry mosquitoes. There are no restrooms or frills, just yummy berries. It is truly a treat to go and pick your own and make something special with your kids and mine really appreciate the break from the city life to do such things. I picked there as a child and now I am giving that gift to my children. Many of the bushes are well over the height of 6ft so you don't even have to bend over to pick. The berries are always plum and jucy. I have been picking my blueberries there for over 20 years. You can pick your own and weigh them for a price or the Family's grandchildren will pick yours for you, for a price."
- Lew Bristow's Blackberry Farm - blackberries
P.O. Box 86, Hartfield, VA 23071. Phone: (804) 776-7785. Directions: Take Route 33 from Saluda to Hartfield, east 8 miles. Open: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Miller Farms Market - blackberries, pumpkins,
strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop,
12101 Orange Plank Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Phone: 540-972-2680. Fax: 540-972-9424. Directions: From Orange use route 20 north for 12 miles. Turn right on route 621. Drive 8 miles and we are on the left. From Fredericksburg use route 3 west for 9 miles. Turn left on route 621. Drive 5 miles and we are on the right. Strawberries: Starting May 10 , Blackberries: starting July 1, Pumpkins starting September 15. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also have natural milk products (milk in glass bottles, yogurt, cheese, ice cream), and natural meat products(beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bison). (UPDATED: April 20, 2009)
Comments from a visitor on July 12, 2011: "We pick strawberries here every year, including this year (we went twice!). That's an excellent farm. Late in the strawberry season, they reduce their prices as the picking gets more scarce. As your listing already says, they do u-pick strawberries & blackberries. They have an outstanding farm market with fresh produce, local meat, dairy, honey, preserves, gifts, plants, etc. They have a picnic & play area, and they're a super nice farm family. Their only down side is that they aren't open on Sundays, which is frequently the only day I have free for a u-pick adventure. That's how we ended up going to Mt. Olympus instead. Both are great places, I would easily recommend either one."
Westmoreland Berry Farm
- Strawberries; blackberries; blueberries; black, red and purple raspberries
1235 Berry Farm Lane, Oak Grove, VA, 22443. Phone: 1-800-997-2377, (804) 224-9171, FAX (804) 224-8967. E-mail: email@example.com Directions: In Oak Grove; from Fredericksburg, east on Route 3, seven miles past U.S. 301 to Claymont Road (Route 634), follow signs. 32 miles east of Fredericksburg and 2 miles west of Oak Grove. From Fredericksburg, take Route 3 east; go 7 miles east of U.S. 301. Just in Westmoreland County, turn right on Claymont Road (Route 634), then Rappahannock Road (Route 637), then Berry Farm Lane. Open: Hours vary by season; open daily, mid April - mid December. Spectacular river site adjoins Voornees Nature Preserve. Food available, drink, fruit shortcakes and sundaes a specialty. Play area. Large, shady overlook with rocking chairs. Barnyard "outside the box;" goat walk overhead; hayrides and straw maze (in fall). Near State Park, winery, Washington's Birthplace, Stratford Hall, and other historic sites. Follow the harvest - Fresh-picked (all berries also pick-your-own) asparagus, sugar peas, strawberries, black raspberries, red raspberries (June and September), purple raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, preserves, honey, peanuts, and seasonal specialty items. Herbs, hanging baskets, and perennials.
Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2011: "Lots of raspberries, great berries, also has cherries and other fruit, but its not u-pick. Small sandwich/diner shop right there and indoor bathrooms."
Comments from a visitor on September 08, 2008: "This farm no longer is offering PYO apples. They did last year but this year they have stopped. Its been updated on their website but not yours. I'm a little bummed because this is a FABULOUS farm and we're currently in the search for the perfect farm for my 2 year old to pick apples at this year! We'll keep you updated on all the ones that we get information about. " (UPDATED: September 08, 2008)
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)
Happy Valley Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm,
Indoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked
goods, beans, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, onions,
peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other
vegetables, Other fruit or veg,
9109 Brock Road, Spotsylvania , VA 22553. Phone: 540-498-3074. Alternate Phone: 540-498-3180. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Open: Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 6p;m July through October. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: www.happyvalleyfarms.org. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We also grow indian corn,spring onions,zucchini,brussel sprouts,cabbage,califlower,yellow and green bell peppers. (ADDED: February 25, 2014)
Snead's Farm -
Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of
seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, pumpkins and Christmas trees ,
Fresh local eggs,
18294 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburgh VA 22408. Phone: 540 371-9328. Open: 9 am to 5 pm, daily, April-December. Fresh-picked (NO PYO) asparagus, sugar snap peas, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cantaloupes, sweet corn, watermelons, tall tunnel tomatoes, grapes, squash, okra, eggplant, peppers, cut-your-own sunflowers, winter squash, gourds, pumpkins, mums. Free-range chicken eggs also available.The only pick-your-own items we have are pumpkins ($6 any size) and cut- or-dig-your-own Christmas trees. Church and school groups welcome. Locavore Asparagus & Strawberry Festival (May), Locavore Summer Flavors (July), and Fall Colors and Locavore Celebration (October). Directions: About 12 miles southeast of Fredericksburg on Route 17. From I-95, take Massaponax exit (126), go south on Route 1 for one third mile. Turn left (south) on Route 17, go 10 miles. Farm will be on the right side of Route 17, 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg. For school groups during October - Free hayride, animal petting, and pumpkin growing lesson with purchase of a $3 pumpkin per child; $60 minimum per group. For the general public, pick-your-own pumpkins are $3 each, any size. For school groups during December - Free hayride, animal petting and Christmas tree growing lesson with purchase of one tree per school group. Free-range chicken eggs available for home delivery to downtown Fredericksburg. Ask for Jessica when calling for eggs. (UPDATED: March 11, 2013, from their website)
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