Strawberry season is right around the corner! Here are some great places to pick your own in Northern Virginia.
Picking your own fruit is a wonderful family-friendly activity in this area. Make a picnic lunch, and head out early to find the biggest, juiciest strawberries in the fields. Peak season is mid- to late-May in Northern Virginia, so mark your calendars for a u-pick outing soon.
Green Truck Farm
ADDRESS: 3015 Hartland Lane | Markham, VA
PHONE: (540) 316-7715
This family farm has a wide variety of fruit and berries to pick, starting with strawberries in mid-May. Located right off of 66 in Markham, it's very easy to get to – just look for the green truck! Make a day of it and hit one of the local wineries for lunch and a tasting.
For more information, visit their Facebook page for updates and announcements.
Courtesy of Green Truck Farm
ADDRESS: 1524 Snowden Road | Delaplane, VA
PHONE: (540) 592-3574
Hollin Farms opens for pick-your-own crops in late May and runs through October with various fruits and vegetables in season. There is no admission fee, and they recommend you call or check out their Facebook page before driving out to see what's available.
Courtesy of Hollin Farms
ADDRESS: 14039 Owls Nest Road | Nokesville, VA
PHONE: (703) 618-3782
This Nokesville Farm is easy to get to and quite close for most in Prince William County. They are estimating an opening day in mid-May, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for the exact date. Pick your own or get some field-fresh berries pre-picked for your convenience.
Courtesy of Yankey Farms
Great Country Farms
ADDRESS: 18780 Foggy Bottom Road | Bluemont, VA
PHONE: (540) 554-2073
This Bluemont farm has their own community-sponsored agriculture (CSA) program, and u-pick is just a part of their operation. They recommend you sign up for their alerts to know when picking season starts for their various crops. You can also check their Facebook page for updates and announcements.
This is a local favorite, so try and visit on a weekday during prime picking season.
Courtesy of Great Country Farms
Tips on Picking Strawberries
- Only go for all-red berries – they do not continue to ripen once picked.
- Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time and choose carefully because strawberries only last a few days at room temperature.
- Leave early to head to the farm. U-pick folks are early risers and some fields may be closed by lunchtime.
- Pick each berry about 1/2" up, by pinching the stem carefully. Teach the smaller kids to be careful of the plants.
- Only wash the berries right before you use them. Rinsing them can promote early rot.
- Freeze washed, hulled whole berries for months of summer flavor. Enjoy the fruits of your labor well into the fall!
For more tips on how to handle and use freshly picked strawberries, visit this u-pick information site.
Pickyourown.org is a great resource for finding farms in your state. Check them out, and see if there are other strawberry fields near you!
Are you heading out to pick strawberries this year? Where do you go? Leave a comment and let us know!