Orchards & Farms
The mild climate and rich soil of Charlottesville and Albemarle County allows for the growth of vivacious farms and orchards. Agriculture enthusiasts from all over are drawn into Central Virginia from the first pink and white dogwood blossoms of the year through to the last sweet, crisp apples harvested in the fall.
Area farms offer a chance to take in the scenic beauty of Albemarle County, while getting a first hand look at the inner workings of agriculture. Many of the farms sell their products directly on site. Others offer tours that take you around the property and even let you test your hand in milking a cow.
For foodies, families and anyone looking for a less bovine encounter, family-run orchards around Charlottesville invite people to make memories among rows of strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apples and pumpkins throughout the year. In addition to the sweetness of fresh-picked fruit, Albemarle County's orchards offer ciders, preserves, candied fruit and other farm-fresh treats.