Here are five new Instagrams that show off a variety of what’s to love this #FallinVA. Show us what fall in Virginia looks like through your eyes with a real-time Instagram that includes the #FallinVA hashtag. We’re sharing our favorites each week via our blog, our Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports.
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Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage by @beciminlove
Afton Mountain Vineyards by @sirbacknahan
Pumpkins in Pittsylvania County #miss_lizanne
Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard @irresistibleicing
High Bridge State Park by @bestetson
Sarah is your friendly neighborhood Virginia Tourism photographer. You just might see her out and about capturing our next wave of beautiful images, and she’s the gal behind the @VisitVirginia Instagram account. Give us a follow and don’t forget to tag your shots #FallinVA for fall and #LOVEVA for everything else Virginia beautiful.
You have likely heard about Virginia’s ever-growing wine industry and burgeoning craft beer industry, but you may not know that Virginia also has a diverse and growing hard cider industry too.
In fact, hard cider is becoming so popular in Virginia that this November the Commonwealth will dedicate an entire week to it. Gather your friends and family and prepare to be blown away as you enjoy cider dinners, pairings and mixology throughout the state during the first-ever Virginia Cider Week, November 9-17.
According to an article in the September issue of Breathe Magazine, cideries are emerging throughout the Southeast and Virginia is producing many unique and tasteful ciders. In fact, Virginia ranked #4 on the top 10 list for cider case sales in 2011 by Southeast States, with a total of 91,266 cases sold.
If you want a taste pf Virginia hard cider for yourself, check out the following Virginia cideries:
• The Shelton family runs Vintage Virginia, an apple tree nursery, and ferments their own hard cider at Albemarle CiderWorks, just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, the family business started as an orchard in 2000, and their cider business launched in the summer of 2009.
• Bold Rock Hard Cider started serving cider back in May and now distributes cider from Galax to Leesburg to Virginia Beach.
• A historic barn used to auction cattle now is the home of Castle Hill’s cider fermenting facility, tasting room and events space. Castle Hill Cider started serving cider in their tasting room in Keswick Virginia back in July 2011 and they now have five ciders – one still and four sparkling.
• Twenty-five minutes outside of Floyd, Virginia, Foggy Ridge Cider has been growing apples specifically for cider production since 1998 and has been selling hard cider since 2006. They grow varieties such as Harrison, Hewe’s Crabapple, Roxbury Russets and Ashmead’s Kernel.
• Old Hill Cider has a blend of apples heavily based on Albemarle Pippin, Stayman and Winesaps. Shannon Showalter’s orchard, which has been in his family since the mid-60s, is just 30 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Va. The 40-acre orchard produces 26 varieties. The farm boasts more than just cider – pick-your-own apples and sweet cider, as well as apple cider donuts.
• Not too far outside of Charlottesville you can find old college buddies Tim Edmund and Dan Potter, of Potter’s Craft Cider, bottling their Farmhouse Dry cider in their two-room production facility, an old horse veterinary clinic that they renovated to accommodate their booming cider business. These home brewers turned their hobby into a viable business venture in fall 2010, and since their cider has been picked up on keg and in bottles by bars, restaurants and groceries throughout Central Virginia.
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: