After compiling a list of peach orchards in the Washington, DC area, I decided our family needed to spend a day in the gorgeous, Northern Virginian countryside. But, sadly, John was called to work over the weekend. Not to be thwarted, I convinced Katy that she really did want to spend a day corralling our two girls around the Peach Festival at Mackintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville, VA. We had a wonderful time (even though there was much squirming in the back seat during the 45 minute car-ride ), and I would highly recommend Mackintosh.
We arrived around 10:30 on a Saturday morning, expecting huge crowds, since it was their festival weekend. But, surprisingly, there were very few families out that early (when we left around noon, it was MUCH busier!). I would highly suggest going early in the morning – not only is it nice to pick peaches in the cool morning air, it’s also much more fun to have the fields to yourself. The girls had a grand time running up and down the rows of peach trees, and we didn’t have to worry about them bothering anyone!
With no admission fees, Mackintosh Fruit Farm’s prices are more reasonable than many other farms in the area. I would call to verify that these specials are still running, but when we were out there: 25+ pounds of peaches were $1.00/lb; 25 pounds of cucumbers were $10; and a 25 pound box of tomato “seconds” is $15.
Plus, they offer an abundance of nectarines, blackberries, Ginger Gold apples, herbs, okra, squash, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, hot peppers (jalapeno, cayenne), small sweet peppers (yellow & red), corn, and cherry tomatoes. And, don’t forget to treat yourself to their homemade peach (or blackberry) ice cream! It’s a great way to bribe your children to have good behavior and reward yourself for surviving the expedition. 🙂
On Saturday mornings from 8 AM – Noon, you can also find them at the Clarke County Farmers Market from mid May through October.
Farm Hours: 8AM -6PM, Daily
Mackintosh Fruit Farm
1608 Russell Rd
Berryville, VA 22611
Phone: (540) 955-2161