The apple harvest in Virginia generally runs from August through early November, but that can vary from year to year. Picking apples is a fun way to spend time with friends and family and get apples at the very peak of ripeness. It's a good idea to call the farm before visiting to confirm any information from websites, advises PickYourOwn.org.
Macintosh Fruit Farm is a family-owned farm in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that has apple and peach orchards as well as a variety of other fruits and vegetables. They invite guests to pick their own fruit from Wednesday to Sunday, as of 2015, but their season ends on November 1.
Bush Neck Farm near Williamsburg, Virginia, lets autumn guests pick their own apples and explore the farm's pumpkin patch. It also offers a picnic area and tours for school groups. This farm is open to the public Monday through Saturday until mid November.
Silver Creek Orchard near Tyro, Virginia, offers a wide variety of apples, including Rome, York, Fuji, Granny Smith and Arkansas Black. The nearby Seaman's Orchard in Roseland, Virginia, raises Red and Gold Delicious, Empire and Jonagold apples. The two orchards have collaborated to host the Apple Butter Makin' Festival for over 30 years. For two Saturdays in October, farm workers make apple butter the old fashioned way, in large copper kettles. The apple butter and other orchard products are available for purchase during the festival.