Where to Pick Your Own Apples

pick your own applesIf you live in Southwest Virginia, here is a guide to nearby pick-your-own apple orchards. Did your favorite farm not make this list? Comment or message me and I’ll keep adding to make this directory as comprehensive as I can.

Carter Mountain Orchard

1435 Carters Mountain Trail

Charlottesville, VA 22902

434 977-1833

http://www.cartermountainorchard.com

From September through November, it’s all about apples with varieties such as York, Stayman, Fuji, Jonagold and Granny Smith. Hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple butter, cider, cider doughnuts and apple pie also available.

Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Nov. 4, with later opening and earlier closing times phasing in until last day of the season, December 22.

Chiles Peach Orchard

1351 Greenwood Road

Crozet, VA 22932

434 823-1583

www.ChilesPeachOrchard.com

From September through November pick apples like York, Braeburn, Fuji, Crispin and Pink Lady. Wagon rides, pancake breakfasts, kids activities, pick-your-own pumpkins, apple butter, cider, cider doughnuts and apple pie also available.

Hours: Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until Nov. 4, with later opening and earlier closing times phasing in until last day of the season, December 17.

Doe Creek Farm

412 Doe Creek Farm Road

Pembroke, VA 24136

540 922-2705

http://www.doecreekfarm.com

22 varieties of dwarf trees in an easy-to-access and well-marked orchard. Apple syrup, apple butter, preserves and fresh-pressed cider for sale. Wine tastings on Sunday afternoons.

Hours: Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., end of August through end of October

Gross’s Orchard

6817 Wheats Valley Rd.

Bedford, VA 24523

540 586-2436

http://grossorchards.com

Fall apples begin Sept. 1. You pick or you select. Other produce, jams, jellies, country ham and bacon and apple cider available in farm store. Apple Harvest Festival: 3rd Saturday in October.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., open year round

Johnson’s Orchards

2122 Sheep Creek Road

Bedford, VA 24523

540 586-3707

www.johnsonorchcards.com

The farm’s more than 200 acres have 7,500 apple trees with almost 200 different varieties. Select from on-farm apples (you can see the orchard but not pick) in the old packing house, which also doubles as a tasting room for Peaks of Otter Winery. Also available: trails for hiking and farm animals for petting.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, August-October

Levering Orchard

163 Levering Lane

Ararat, VA 24053

276 755-3593.

http://www.leveringorchard.com

Now owned by its third-generation, Levering is best known for its pick-your-own cherries. Fall apples begin in mid-September and continue until Thanksgiving.

Hours: Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Windy Hill Orchards

176 Windy Hill Lane

Ararat, VA 24053

276 692-8156

http://www.windyhillorchards.com

Fall apples begin in August. Look for Mutsu, Fuji, Braeburn, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome, Granny Smith and Staymans in the orchards. Raw cider, cider vinegar, jams, apple butter and dried apples for sale in the shed. Cider is pressed every Thursday and the public is invited to come and watch.

Hours: Fall and Winter 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

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