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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Northern Virginia in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Clarke County

  • Mackintosh Fruit Farm - apples, asparagus, apricots, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, herbs or spices, nectarines, onions, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA 22611. Phone: 540-955-6225. Email: [email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, from 8 am to 6 pm, May to October 31 and on Memorial Day, July 4 Thursday, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Halloween . Directions: Route 7 West Take right onto Russell Road 1.5 miles on the right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Mackintosh Fruit Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Events: Peach Festival, Honey Bee Day, Honey Crisp Day, Apple Butter Day, monthly farm dinners, and cider pressing; Calendar-May-strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and greens; June - strawberries, sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, broccoli, onions, and flowers; July-blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, donut peaches, peaches, corn, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes; August-apples, Asian pears, yellow and white peaches, plums, grapes, and honey; September-apples, pawpaws, honey crisp apples, Asian pears, and potatoes; October -apples, pumpkins, fall squash, sweet potatoes, and cider. All pick your own fruit and vegetables are also available as pre-picked in the market for purchase. Events: We can also host your events including: group meetings, school tours, weddings, and rehearsals. Call for more details. (UPDATED: January 19, 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: June 22, 2016)

Fauquier County

  • Hartland Orchard - apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    3064 Hartland Lane, Markham, VA 22643. Phone: 540-316-7715. Open: every day from 8 am to 6 pm, strawberries usually start in early May, cherries in mid June. Directions: From Northern Virginia, take I-66 to exit 18. At the end of the exit take a right, and then take an immediate left. Then just follow the signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate phone: 540-364-2316. Typical harvest dates are Cherries Late June; Blueberries July; Peaches August and Apples in August, September, October. It is always a good idea to call before you visit us for daily changes in crop availability., Hartland Farm and Green Truck Farm are three family businesses operated on the Green family farm. Call for tree fruit information at 540.364.2316. For pick your own strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry information, call Green Truck Farm at 540.316.7715. Hartland O
  • Stribling Orchard - Apples, nectarines, pears, peaches, pumpkins, beef
    11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham, VA 22643. Phone: 540-364-3040. Email: [email protected]. Open: 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday, depending on the availability of ripe fruit; We are open in July, August, September, and October. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions.
    Stribling Orchard Facebook page. . . Crop availability: Peaches: Early July - Late August; Apples: Mid/Late August - Early November. Click here for a map to our farm. Our peaches are available from mid-July through mid-August and our apples 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 are the sixth generation of Striblings to farm this land, and we are proud of the fruit our family has grown for over 200 years. But, not only have we been growing fruit, we have also been raising cattle for as long as the farm has existed. For the first time ever, we are selling our grass fed beef directly to the public! Every beef sold is raised from birth by the Stribling family. Our grass fed beef, from the well known Angus breed, spend their days grazing naturally on our pastures in northern Fauquier County. You can see them in the fields adjoining the orchard and in the immediate area.
    Comments from a visitor on September 26, 2010: "Just got back from a great time at! They handed out a map of the orchard with descriptions of the types of apples. You can drive through the orchard and the ground is not very steep for those with trouble walking or small children (we were pulling a toddler in a wagon with no trouble). There were places to picnic in the orchard and plenty of good apples to pick. "

Frederick County

  • Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, beans, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602. Phone: 540-662-1391. Email: [email protected]. Open: Please call ahead for availability starting June 1st. Directions: Take Interstate 66 West to Interstate 81 North. Continue to Exit 310. Turn left onto Route 37 North and continue 2 miles to the Winchester/Opequon exit. Turn left onto Route 622 (Cedar Creek Grade) and the market will be 3.5 miles on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
    Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 540-662-1980. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Pick Your Own 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. *If you are interested in pick-your-own please visit our check-out area inside the market or our pick-your-own building to purchase containers and get directions. *For picking berries, tomatoes, peaches, and apples we have containers that you purchase prior to picking. We will then provide you with a map and instructions. ; Please refer to our website for fruit availability dates or call for more information. All season - jams, jellies, salad dressings, fresh apple cakes, and our famous Apple Cider Donuts.We use integrated pest management practices.
  • Richard's Fruit Market - apples, flowers, pumpkins, farm-raised beef
    6410 Middle Road, Middletown, VA 22645. Phone: (540) 869-1455. Email: [email protected]. Open: 8:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday; 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, August-November. Directions: Take I-81 to exit 307; 4 miles west of Stephens City on Route 631. Left on Route 628 (Middle Road); 1 mile to orchard and fruit market. Chicken B-B-Q Dinner cooked on property - 4th Saturday in September (RSVP for details in September). Apple Harvest Festival - third weekend in October - free bluegrass music both days - 8:30 a.m. -6 pm, Saturday; 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday. Also pick-your-own flowers August until frost. Gourd Festival - first weekend of November - call for details. Fresh-picked peaches from our own orchard - July 25-Labor Day - Harbelle, Red Haven, Sunday High, Loring, Blake and Bisco. Pick-your-own and fresh-picked - Red Delicious, Jonathan, Grimes Golden, Golden Delicious, York, Stayman, Idared, Rome. Also, pumpkins in season; sweet cider; country hams, jelly; local honey; and fall mums. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Richard's Fruit Market Facebook page. . Peach Festival - third Sunday in August, 10 am to 6 p.m. Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 28, 2018, JBS)
  • Rinker Orchards, Inc. - apples, pumpkins
    1156 Marlboro Road, Stephens City, VA 22655, VA . Phone: (540) 869-1499. Email: [email protected]. Open: 10 am to 6 pm, daily during season. Directions: Take Route 11 or I-81, exit 307, to traffic light in Stephens City. Go west on Route 631 (Marlboro Road) approximately 2-1/2 miles. Containers furnished. Children welcome. Picnic area. Call before traveling long distance. Fresh picked asparagus - April 10-June 10; select-your-own Ginger Gold and Honey Crisp apples - August 15-September 15. Pick-your-own/select-your-own apples - Red and Golden Delicious, Idareds - September 10-October 20; Nittany, York, Rome and other varieties - after October 1. Pumpkins - October 1. Fresh cider - September 15 on. The varieties available for "Pick Your Own" on the orchard are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Ida Red, Nittany, York, Rome, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Gala, and Redcort. You can also find pumpkins, corn stalks, and the famous Rinker's Apple Cider during "Pick Your Own" time. Payment: cash, checks, and major credit cards. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, checks, and major credit cards.
    Rinker Orchards, Inc. Facebook page. . . (UPDATED: October 9, 2020 JBS) A visitor writes on October 9, 2020: "they are still open for pick your own. This weekend is the last weekend, they'll be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the holiday. For some reason they were closed weekdays this year, this coming Monday Oct 12 is the only exception. 10-5 each of these three days. I'm off to visit them tomorrow morning, hopefully the Nittanys will be good this year!"

Loudoun County

  • Great Country Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, grapes, other berries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (black), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), jumping pillow, pedal kart track, mining for gems, mini-golf, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. Phone: 540 554 2073. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm, March 19th - May 20th; Monday - Sunday, 9am to 6pm, May 21st - October 30th. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard.
    Great Country Farms Facebook page. . . We use integrated pest management practices. Strawberries: May Blackberries: July Peaches: August Apples: September Pumpkins: Pumpkins Please visit our web page for other U-Pick items and confirmed dates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. From strawberries and asparagus in the spring to corn and tomatoes all summer then pumpkins and gourds in the fall, offers a farm experience your whole family will enjoy. Help your children understand how food is grown and how fresh and full of flavor it can be. It is amazing how children will eat produce if they have picked it themselves! Pick your own fruit and veggie farm featuring Non-GMO produce grown using regenerative farming practices, an award-winning CSA program, and seasonal festivals! is a 400 acre working farm with pick your own produce, a Farm Market, CSA, and so much more! UPDATE for 2022: Potatoes ~ AugustDon't miss The Big Dig Potato Harvest. This is the once a year chance to dig potatoes and taste the smoothness and rich flavor of a fresh potato compared to typical store bought options that have been in storage for months. We grow Kenebec White, Pontiac Reds, Yukon Golds and a few Fingerlings.
    Comments from a visitor on November 03, 2010: "We've been CSA members at this farm for 3 years. We are moving and are very sad we won't be able to visit and get our produce from here in the future. We've driven one hour each way once a week because we love it so much. There is so much to do that you can make each visit a day trip and most of the time the u-pick options are great. Like any farm, there are times when weather conditions affect the crops negatively and b/c of that you don't always get as much produce as you may have expected, but for the most part we've always been happy with the CSA and u-pick. My boys (now 7 and 4.5) and I have learned a lot through the farmers and picking our own veggies and fruit. The "playarea" has several slides, rope swings, HUGE "bouncy", corn bin, roller racers, mini gulf course, and more. They seem to add more each year. One negative, since it's gotten so popular the "special" weekends are normally really packed. We enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt there in 2009, but this last year 2010 it was publisized and was way to busy to be enjoyable. "
    Comments from a visitor on May 17, 2009: "We LOVED it! My mother-in-law did as well:)"UPDATE October 2, 2007: a visitor reports they had to replant their apple orchards in 2006 and will not have apples available for a few years (2009?).

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop 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. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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