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Berry Fun: PYO Fields around Richmond

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

PYO season is one of our favorite times of the year! Lucky for us, there are some amazing farms around central Virginia that are easy to navigate with kids. Here are a few of the PYO berry farms that are on our list to visit this year.

1.Blue Eden Farm: This farm has PYO strawberries and blueberries. It is currently open for strawberry season - make sure you check their website or @blueedenfarm to stay up to date on picking conditions. Blueberry picking starts in June!

Located in Mechanicsville, this 13 acre farm is the only certified organic blueberry & strawberry farm in Hanover County. Blue Eden Farm is also family-owned & operated, planting their first crop in 2015. We had so much fun picking our own strawberries, seeing the tractors & eating ice cream in the shade.

2. Braehead Farm: This farm is currently open for PYO strawberries and some vegetables. Blueberries, blackberries and more will be ready to pick in June. Check here for pick-your-own schedule.

This Fredericksburg farm has been family owned since 1937. Braehead Farm has pick your own produce fields for strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sunflowers & more. The market has prepicked produce, goods and ice cream. Behind the barn is an amazing play area for children with farm animals. Chickens roam freely! It’s located about 50 minutes from Short Pump, and it’s right off 95 - perfect for a day trip. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

3. Chesterfield Berry Farm: This farm has PYO strawberries, blackberries & pumpkins, and they are currently open for strawberry picking. Check their website for hours & to make sure the fields haven't been picked out.

Chesterfield Berry Farm is in Moseley, about 40 minutes from Short Pump. Since all farm games & activities are currently closed, you drive passed the playground & barn to the grass parking lot. Once you’re at the fields, you will wash your hands & grab a bucket to pick strawberries. The fields aren’t too far from the parking lot, so there’s not too much walking for little ones. It has full sun & it will be muddy if it’s recently rained. Skip the stroller & bring a baby carrier. There are porta potties, too. 

Save the date for their Sunflower & Sweet Corn Festival in August 2021!

4.Chiles Peach Orchard: This orchard is currently open for PYO strawberries. Check here for details on PYO season.

Located in Crozet, Chiles Peach Orchard is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Short Pump. There’s a restaurant, an outdoor patio and open air store. At the peach orchard, you can pick your own peaches, blueberries and strawberries. During “normal times,” there are so many family friendly events, including Pancakes with Santa. The Chiles family also owns Carter Mountain (peaches & apples) and Spring Valley Orchard (cherries).

5.College Run Farms: This PYO is scheduled to open mid-June with pick-your-own blueberries.

College Run Farms is small, family owned & operated farm located in Surry. It's about 30 minutes from Jamestown Beach, so the trip is extra special with the free ferry ride! Open since 1999, this farm grows blueberries, strawberries & pumpkins. They also sell homemade ice cream.

*Strawberries are unavailable this year.

6.Market at Grelen: The PYO fields opens in June with blueberries. You can also pick blackberries, peaches, plums, and apples throughout the year.

Market at Grelen is a 600 acre property with a nursery, PYO fields, a gift shop, 5 miles of trails that connect to Montpelier, and a casual cafe. It’s located in Orange County, about an hour from Richmond. This is one of our favorite day trips because the property is so beautiful, even if we can't pick any fruit!

7.Mount Olympus Farm: This PYO is currently open for pick-your-own strawberries. Call the market at 804-448-0395 to check the current picking conditions

Mount Olympus Farm is located in Ruther Glen, about 35 minutes from Richmond. It is a family owned farm with strawberries, blueberries and pumpkins. They also have a market with vegetables & a garden center with plants.

8.New Castle Bee & Berry Farm: They open in June for blackberries and possibly strawberries. They are not having early you-pick strawberries.

Newcastle Bee & Berry Farm is a you pick & prepicked berry farm in Louisa. They have tomatoes, honey, and other plants for sale. They are open by appointment and on Saturdays 8 to 5. Call (804)385-7213.

9.Skinquarter Farm Market: This PYO farm has strawberries and pumpkins. The are currently open for strawberry season. The market is open every day, but make sure you visit their Facebook page to check the current picking conditions & hours for the PYO fields.

This is a family owned farm and produce stand is located in Moseley. They sells local produce, Montana Gold Bread, plants, and more. One of the highlights of visiting this farm is Jimer's! Jimer's currently only accepts cash, and they are closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Strawberries cost $4.89 a pound & the hayride to the field is free. The last hayride is 30 minutes before closing each day.

Anticipated Open Dates and Times:

May 11: 1-5

May 13: 10-2

May 15: 10-2

*They will add more hours as the season goes along.

Don't forget to tag @thewestendmom and #thewestendmom in your adventures! I love seeing all the fun your family has!


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