It's prime peach season, and the farms in Northern Virginia are fairly bursting with them. Head to any one of these to pick a bushel of the summer's juiciest fruit!

The hottest months of the year bring out some of the sweetest, most delicious fruit – fresh peaches! A tree-ripened peach tastes so much better than what you can get in a grocery store. Try your hand at hunting some down this year.

Hartland Farm and Orchard

ADDRESS: 3205 Hartland Lane | Markham, VA
PHONE: (540) 532-0436

This family farm in Markham has a wide variety of peaches that ripen throughout July and August. Check their Facebook page for announcements and to ensure their hours on the day you want to go. If you're lucky, there may be some summer apples ripe that day, too! The town of Markham is home to several wineries as well. Do your research and make a day of it with some wine-tasting!

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Hollin Farms

ADDRESS: 1410 Snowden Road | Delaplane, VA
PHONE: (540) 592-3574

Hollin Farms has peaches, berries, and farm-fresh vegetables to pick so you can get a bit of everything out there. Call or check their Facebook page to see what's ripe for picking on the day you want to go.

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Courtesy of Hollin Farms

Great Country Farm

ADDRESS: 18780 Foggy Bottom Road | Bluemont, VA
PHONE: (540) 554-2073

In addition to their U-pick operation, Great Country Farm has a thriving CSA program and farm store. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child aged 3-7. The entry fee gives you access to the orchards, the petting zoo, and all of the fun family activity stations like the cow pie putt-putt and wagon rides.

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Courtesy of Great Country Farms

Crooked Run Orchard

ADDRESS: 37883 East Main Street | Purcellville, VA
PHONE: (540) 338-6642

Call before heading out to this family-run orchard. They update their automated phone line regularly with what's ripe, and that may be more current than what is on the Facebook page.

Know Before You Go

  • Ripe peaches will come away in your hand with a gentle twist. If a peach doesn't come off the tree easily, it's probably not ripe yet.
  • Transporting perfectly ripe peaches isn't easy without bruising them. Bring along some extra kitchen towels and boxes to carefully pack them for the ride home.
  • The orchards will probably give you paper bags to do your picking. Bring some baskets if you plan on doing a photo shoot.
  • As tempting as it is, you don't want to eat your fresh peaches without washing them. If you plan on eating some right away, bring along a paring knife and peel the skin off first.
  • Cash is always accepted at small farm operations. They may not be able to take credit cards, so check before you head out.
  • If you find that you've picked too many peaches to eat, think about freezing some to use later in cobblers and pies.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of Unsplash unless credited otherwise.

Is peach-picking one of your family's favorite summer activities? Where do you like to go? Let us know in the comments!