Berry picking is a favorite family pastime and we’ve identified six places to pick your own near-organic berries in Virginia. Collect a bushel or a peck of strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries to get your pie-making on, whirl up a few smoothies, or just sit back and pop in your mouth. It’s all about the memories …
Tips and Thoughts:
- All of these farms provide harvest buckets; no need to bring your own.
- Wear appropriate shoes (muck boots after rain, etc.).
- Some berry vines and bushes are thorny. As a general rule of thumb, long sleeves are advised for picking blackberries and raspberries.
- Hats and sunscreen are a good idea for spending time in the fields.
- Generally speaking, dogs are not permitted in the fields.
- Umbrella strollers do not easily roll over uneven ground.
- The growing season is only a few weeks long. If you want these tasty treasures, you must act fast.
Messick’s Farm | Bealeton | Daily | 540-439-8900
The strawberries are ripe for picking NOW! In fact, Messick’s tells us there are seven miles of strawberries available to you. If you’re looking for ripe, farm-fresh berries without the picking, their farm market will fix you right up.
Hollin Farms | Delaplane | Wed-Sat | 540-592-3574
In mid to late May, Hollin Farms opens for pick-your-own strawberries. While you’re there, you may catch a glimpse of their superior Angus cattle herd. The farm is home to a purebred herd and offers Natural Young Angus Beef for purchase on the whole, half, or quarter. Visit again late summer through fall for a variety of u-pick fruit and vegetable options.
The Market at Grelen | Somerset | Daily | 540-672-5462
This pick-your-own farm is also a garden shop, cafe, and special event venue. Their u-pick fields currently are raising up blackberries, raspberries, and more. The blueberries should be ripe between late May and early June, followed by the raspberries. Yum!
Oh! Keep an eye out for their living LOVEwork! This is one to visit over and over again just to see how it changes.
Hickory Ridge Farm | Chesapeake | Daily | 757-560-6763
The three acres of u-pick fields have been open for a few weeks and the annual Strawberry JAMboree is May 13. What a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend! There will be bounce houses, hay rides, pony rides, barrel train rides, farm animals, live music, and more than 30 vendors.
Yankey Farms | Nokesville | Mon-Sat | 703-618-3782
The u-pick strawberry season just opened and all of the rain has those beauties ripening to red by the minute!
Windy Hill Orchards | Ararat | Thurs-Sat | 276-251-5222
Blueberries are projected to be ripe for picking in early June followed by blackberries in July.
These farms were chosen based on their use of Integrated Pest Management, which makes their yield about as close to organic as is economically possible for small, family-owned farms. None are certified organic.