Northern Virginia’s peaches are ripe for picking for a few more weeks. Across the region, there are farms and orchards where you can pick your own and join celebrations dedicated to the fuzzy fruit.
In addition to offering pick-your-own peaches, this 400-acre farm committed to regenerative agriculture hosts a multi-weekend Peach Fuzztival. The fun includes peach-eating and peach pit–spitting contests, peach ice cream, Bluemont Vineyard’s summer peach wine and wine slushies, and Dirt Farm Brewing’s Som’ Peach Golden Ale, along with live music. 34345 Snickersville Tpk., Bluemont
Nestled in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Mackintosh Fruit Farm is family-owned by Clarke County natives and offers plenty of options for fruit picking, including peaches. You can find out what’s the latest and greatest and ready to pick by subscribing to its PYO (yep, “pick your own”) update list, sent weekly via email. 1608 Russell Rd., Berryville
Today’s Stribling family has been growing fruit for over 200 years and currently has 800 peach trees. The farm also has more than 20 varieties of apples and sells beef from its grass-fed cattle raised on its pastures in northern Fauquier County. 11587 Poverty Hollow Ln., Markham
Marker-Miller Orchards is nearly a century old and has been growing peaches for over 70 years. On August 12, the orchard holds its peach festival with all sorts of peachy goodies in the form of cobblers, turnovers, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, and scenic wagon rides. 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester
This family-owned, working farm is located in the hills by the Blue Ridge Mountains near Skyline Drive. Hartland hosts peach picking through August and also offers homemade cider and honey, all at reasonable prices. 3064 Hartland Ln., Markham
Feature image by Kate Zurschmeide
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