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Peach Time: Festivals and Pick-Your-Own Orchards

by Stefanie | Posted on July 30th, 2014

It’s peach time! We’re in primetime peach-picking season, which means festivals, pick-your-own days at orchards and plenty of peach goodies to go around.

Peach Ice Cream Days at Chiles Peach Orchard – Aug. 3-4
Spend a day (or two) in Crozet at Chiles Peach Orchard’s Peach Ice Cream Days. Fresh, homemade peach ice cream is available at the orchard these dates only! Made by the Crozet Lions Club, this event is a fundraiser for their community service activities. Enjoy this special treat after picking your own peaches (or choosing from their fresh-picked selections). Peaches, nectarines, and local produce are also available.

Winchester Peach Festival – Aug. 9
Come to Marker Miller Orchards with an empty stomach and enjoy a day of sweets: peach cobbler, peach pie, peach turnovers, peach ice cream and of course, fresh peaches galore! Enjoy music from 1-3 p.m. while sitting on the front porch or in the picnic pavilion.  A variety of food will be available at the food building. Don’t forget to let the kids enjoy the cow train and the peaceful scenery during the wagon ride around the farm.

Dog Days Peach Festival – Aug. 9-10
Spend a weekend of peaches and pooches at the Dog Days Peach Festival at Great Country Farms in Bluemont. It may be the hottest part of the summer, but the Dog Days at Great Country are all about fun with the family and canine companions! Bring the whole family for a romp in the play area and to u-pick peaches in the orchard at the peak of perfection. Enjoy the Doggie Olympic Games and demonstrations that will keep tails a-waggin’!

Richard’s Fruit Market Peach Festival – Aug. 17
Peaches, peaches everywhere! Bring the family out to Richard’s Fruit Market Peach Festival in Middletown for a day of peachy fun. Haywagon rides, barrel train rides and all the jumps you can handle on the bouncy-bounce, plus music and a petting zoo, and peaches, of course! Peach ice cream, milk shakes, sparkling cider, smoothies, pies, muffins and more! Fresh from the farm food for sale includes our own burgers and plenty of tasty treats!

The Peach Way, Delaplane
The largest concentration of peach orchards in Northern Virginia, The Peach Way features five orchards within five miles: Virginia Perfection/Valley View Farm, Hollin Farms, Hartland Orchards, and Stribling Orchard. The Peach Way is near several wineries, Sky Meadows State Park and more—perfect for a day or weekend trip.

Freestone Peaches at Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River
In response to market demands, Saunders Brothers started growing super tree-ripened peaches; including sub-acid white-fleshed peaches, many of which get great size, color, and flavor. These peaches complement the yellow-fleshed varieties and extend the season from June 15 until late September. The Farm Market offers a fun place for the whole family to enjoy. Not only can you find a variety of peaches, apples and vegetables from May through November, they also offer ciders, jams, relishes, and salsas. Be sure to try out the amazing peach ice cream and check out the on-site museum; one of the largest privately-owned collections of farm antiques in the state of Virginia.

Ayers Orchard, Cana
Ayers Orchard is located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and offers pick-your-own peaches, as well as cherries, apples, nectarines and plums. The orchard also offers fresh-picked and picked-to-order. Hiking and picnicking are encouraged; all ages are welcome at the orchard.

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5 New #FallinVA Instagrams

by | Posted on October 30th, 2013

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 blogour Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports.

Click the image to learn more about the location.

Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage

Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage by @beciminlove

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Afton Mountain Vineyards by @sirbacknahan

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins in Pittsylvania County #miss_lizanne

Apple in a hand

Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard @irresistibleicing

High Bridge State Park Bridge

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.

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Virginia Cider Week

by Dave | Posted on November 5th, 2012

Virginia Cider Week Logo

Virginia Cider Week 2012

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.

Albemarle CiderWorks

Albemarle CiderWorks

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.

 Cider Week Events on Virginia.org:
Apple Cider Making Demo at Saunders Brothers – Nov 10, 2012
Beer and Cider Dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company – Nov 13, 2012
Cardinal Point Winery with Foggy Ridge Cider – Nov 12-18, 2012

 



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Peaches & Cream (of the Crop)

by Tom | Posted on August 4th, 2011

Virginia Peaches at Carter Mountain Orchard

It's peak peach season in 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:

  • 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.



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