Peaches & Cream (of the Crop)
by Tom | Posted on August 4th, 2011
While you can’t really pick a Virginia peanut, and apple season isn’t quite here, don’t think there aren’t lots of great opportunities to pick some juicy treats this summer in the Old Dominion.
Virginia’s prime peach season is mid-July through the end of August, and this year promises to be a good one. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), “The peaches are ripe, the harvest looks very good and the festivals are gearing up.” We may be hating our typical muggy, late summer heat, but combine that with this past Spring’s plentiful rains, and the sugar levels in local peaches are spiking.
The only thing that could make the harvest sweeter is knowing you picked that cobbler filling with your own two hands (or maybe your child’s two hands). Sweet!
For great fruit festivals and pick-your-own venues try these:
- The Virginia State Peach festival in Stuart, VA has been going strong since 1988.
- The Peach Festival at Marker Miller’s orchard in Winchester is easily accessible right off Interstate 81.
- No festival is more aptly named than the Dog Days Peach Festival at Great Country Farms in Loudoun County. Beat the partisan heat in D.C. and enjoy a cool peach slushie (hmmm).
- Check out all the peach goodies at Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet, just outside Charlottesville. They’re open May through Thanksgiving for all kinds of fruit.
- If you’re close to Charlottesville why not make the short trip down to Wintergreen and Dickie Brother’s Orchard, where they’re currently featuring Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Golden Supreme Apples.