Ninety degrees this past weekend and possible snow showers in higher elevations later this week? Gotta love Northern Virginia spring weather! But, the up-side to the crazy temperature ride and outrageous pollen count is … the strawberries. Once again, I’m sharing our favorite farms & festivals in the area for those of you who are looking to get out of the house and enjoy a little Mother Nature. Here’s hoping the rain will stop and we’ll get a chance to go berry picking and make some homemade jam!
Here are a few of our favorite choices:
Starting May 1, Wegmeyer Farms, our favorite Loudoun County farm to pick strawberries, will officially open. There is no entrance fee, and strawberries are $3.99/pound. Wegmeyer Farms would like to extend a 25% discount to all of you, when you pick on any weekday this season at one of these three locations (just mention Capital Moms (or Capitally Frugal, in case their records haven’t changed yet ;)) for the discount):
Hamilton, VA boutique farm setting – Opened weekdays from 9am to 8pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm (or until picked out), this farm provides the most scenic views of rolling farmlands. They offer picnic tables for you to bring your own lunch and refreshments available for sale. After you pick berries, your children can play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground. 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA
Historic Oatlands – Opened daily from 9am – 5pm, their strawberry patch and era-themed attire at this historic mansion will whisk
Gilbert’s Corner – Open daily from 9am to 5pm, this is strawberry picking in its most natural state. This no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing. Parking is available right at the site. Intersection of Route 15 and Route 50 in Aldie, VA.
Dates: Mid-May (around May 15th)
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost: All farm visitors (age two years and up) must purchase a Day Pass for $3; last year, strawberries were $2.69/lb.
Location: Butler’s Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Road Germantown MD 20876
Description: Day passes will grant access to daily farm activities including seasonal Pick Your Own fields, Farm Park Picnic Area, farm animals and the Nature Trail.
Date: May 13-21, 2017
Time: Varies, check their schedule.
Cost: Free, just pay for carnival activities
Location: Buckhannon, West Virginia
Description: Known as “An Exciting Family Tradition,” the Festival has 8 fun filled days of events for all ages. We have a Strawberry Gift Shop, a Horse & Carriage Parade, Arts & Craft Show at WV Wesleyan College, Food Vendors selling everything Strawberry, and a weeklong carnival!
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Admission is $15/person (children 12 and under are free).
Location: Zimmerman-Ace Field, 4101 Sandy Spring Road (Rt 198) Burtonsville, Md 20866
Description: Kids can enjoy pony rides, bounce about on the moon bounce, thrill on fair-type rides, games, live music, a petting zoo, face-painting, and more. Taste temptations include: fresh local strawberries, Ice Cream, strawberry inspired foods, a delectable array of eats from local vendors, enough to please even the pickiest of eater. Vegan and gluten-free options too!
Dates: Late May – Early June (dates TBA)
Time: Daily, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Free entrance. Just pay for strawberries.
Location: Jones Family Farm, 2100 Philadelphia Road, Edgewood, MD 21040
Description: As soon as the dew evaporates (about 11 a.m.) you’ll be welcome to walk right into their strawberry fields and pick exactly the ones you want for you and your family. They provide cardboard containers for your convenience, and you pay as you leave the field. If you prefer, they also have quarts of pre-picked strawberries for you to choose from inside the farm market. To be sure that we have strawberries available, call them at (410) 676-3709.
Dates: May 27 & 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $25/car at the gate
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA
Description: Enjoy hayrides, old fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, an antique car show, bake sale, hikes in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, face painting, cake-walking, a Corn Hole Tournament, a monkey and much more! All for just $25 a car! Pack your own picnic or snack on pizza, fresh wraps, hot dogs and other festival fare like funnel cake and strawberry shortcakes and sundaes! Make a whole day of it and don’t forget to take home a flat of delicious fresh strawberries.
Dates: May 6,7,13 & 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $10/child; $12/adult ($10/guest if purchased online)
Location: Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135
Description: Join Great Country Farms for the longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County. To celebrate the royal strawberry, their Jubilee is packed with live music, farm contests, u-pick strawberries and great food. The infamous Pie Eating Contest and Tart Toss will keep you smiling. They will have wagon rides to the u-pick strawberry fields while supplies last, so come before 11am to pick, then stay to play. What better way to honor the amazing strawberry than by feasting on strawberry sundae’s, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry pie.
Mackintosh Fruit Farm, in Berryville, VA, will announce their season opening date very soon. Last year, their Pick Your Own strawberries were $2.29 per pound and were also available pre-picked for $4.50 per quart. We love them for their affordable prices! I highly suggest going early in the morning (as soon as they open) – crowds are thin and the visit is much more enjoyable.
This family fruit farm is along the banks of the picturesque Rappahannock River in Virginia’s Northern neck. They offer pick-your-own berry fields, an overhead goat walk, and a young animal petting zoo. The farm officially opened April 26, 2017, and strawberries are ripe for picking. (But, they are only open Wednesdays – Sundays.) Be sure to check their website for updates!
Hollin Farms offers Pick-Your-Own strawberries in late May (date to be announced). This four-generation family farm is next to Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, about 45 minutes from the Washington, DC beltway.