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Plan a farming adventure: pick-your-own fruit in the orchards of Charlottesville

Somehow, picking-your-own fruit directly from the vine adds extra flavor and enjoyment to the eating of said fruit. And the Charlottesville food scene is all about flavor and enjoyment, even on the green, natural side of eating.

The berry pickin' at Seaman's Orchard is grand, and the mountain views will take your breath away.
Pamela Perkins Donnelly

Use the detailed information below to plan your next trip back home, to Mother Earth’s bounty on the farms and orchards of Charlottesville, where you can pick-your-own locally sourced food.

And don’t forget, because hours vary from season to season, it is always a great idea to call ahead or research on the internet current fruits or vegetables in season, as well as general operating hours and/or unusual closings.

Carter Mountain Orchard is definitely a must-see destination experience, offering sweeping mountain-top vistas of the region as well as pre-picked fruits and pumpkins, plus events and festivals throughout the year. Carter Mountain Orchard is open July through Thanksgiving each year, with weekend hours during the month of December. Carter Mountain Orchard is located at 1435 Carters Mountain Trial, Charlottesville, VA 22901; call 434.977.1833 for more information. Hours at the Carter Mountain Orchard vary by season.

Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market in Crozet is another great destination farm experience affording sweeping valley views, fruit orchards and berry patches. Hours may vary by season, but generally Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm market is open Monday-Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sundays. A retail shop on premises makes available to the general public all manner of local produce, breads, ciders, donuts and ice cream are available for purchase. Souvenir tops, jackets and other items are also available for purchase. Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market is located at 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet, VA 22932 and can be reached by phone at 434.823.1583.

A short, scenic drive down State Route 250 out of Charlottesville, past Crozet, with a subsequent left turn onto Route 151 places one in the direct path of Nelson 151 attractions, which includes Critzer Family Farm. Located at 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton VA, 22920, Critzer Family Farm offers the widest variety of pick-your-own produce, which ranges from fruits, to vegetables to onions, with daily changes according to the season. The retail open-air shed/shop also stocks preserves, annuals and perennials. Pre-picked produce is also available in smaller quantities at Critzer Family Farm, which is open closed on Sundays, but open 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 504.456.4772 for more information.

Henley’s Orchard offers quite the selection of fruit, with 28 varieties of peaches and 30 varieties of apples. Henley’s Orchard is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sundays, starting around the 4th of July each year, through mid-November. Henley’s Orchard is located at 2192 Holly Hill Farm, Crozet VA, 22932; call 434.823.2560 for more information.

Saunders Brothers Farm Market is located in Nelson County, a good hours or more drive from Charlottesville, but what drive it is, through a valley floor with mountain peaks all around. The Saunders Brothers Farm Market is part of a family orchard located at. The fruit is all pre-picked for the customers and includes peaches, apples, Asian pears and vegetables. The Saunders Brothers Farm Market also features annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs, as well as a country store stocked with local cuts of meat, preserves, ciders, baking mixes, baked goods and ice cream. There’s even an antique farm museum onsite. The actual address of Saunders Brothers Farm Market is 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA 22964; call 434.277.5455 for more information.

Just a short drive up the road from Saunders Brothers Farm Market is mountain top Seaman’s Family Orchard, a fourth-generation family farm specializing in summer berry pickin’ (strawberries, blueberries and cherries) with a side of apples and pumpkins in the fall harvest season. Offering both pick-your-own and pre-picked fruit, the fruit becomes a secondary venture once you take in the mountain views from Seaman’s Family Orchard. Hours at the orchard vary by season but the website is clear about listing what is in season or out of season. Seaman’s Family Orchard is located at 415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland, VA 22967; phone 434.277.8130 for more information.

Other agriculturally related articles that can help you plan your next Charlottesville road trip include:

  1. Charlottesville area farms offer destination travel, scenic beauty and fresh local produce
  2. Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville teem with local orchards and fruit stands
  3. Get out on the farm today in Charlottesville
  4. Charlottesville area farm tours, lectures and events keep agriculture in the public eye
  5. Five Saturday farmers market serve up local produce near Charlottesville
  6. Overnight farm stays in Charlottesville

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