We’re fortunate to have three Pick-Your-Own orchards in our county. Our campers are often surprised to learn of the many activities that take place at them, other than just growing fine food.
Graves Mountain Farm, at 141 Apple Tree Lane, in Syria, VA.
They grow the most mouth watering apples you could even hope to taste. You can visit them in the Fall from early September until late in October. They hold an Apple Harvest Festival with bluegrass music, cloggers, craft vendors, and lots of other activities. You can see apple butter being made in kettles and visit with the farm animals. It’s lots and lots of fun. You can also get some apples while you are there, by the way.
Kipps Grapes, at 6943 South Blue Ridge Turnpike, in Rochelle, Va
Around August, depending on when the fruit ripens, you can pick grapes, apples, and peaches. They also make their own jams, jellies, and sauces from their crops. It’s a gorgeous place to stroll with beautiful views of area pastures and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sunrise Gardens, at 114 Sunrise Lane, in Brightwood, VA
You can find beans, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries at this orchard. They use natural growing practices though do not advertise as organic. They are open from mid-May to mid-September and do have eggs sometimes, too.
You can find out more about each of these Madison County, Va orchards at PickYourOwn.Org
We hope you get a chance to visit a local orchard while you are in the area. There is nothing like the experience of picking fruit with the kids. It is something they will always remember and eating all of that goodness afterward is reward for work well done.