Farms and Local Products
At its core, Orange County's primary activity is agriculture. Visitors can treat themselves to virtually all types of agricultural activities and the products they produce:
- gorgeous historic horse farms
- picturesque Virginia vineyards
- heritage breeds of all manner of livestock
- sheep and alpaca farms for natural fibers
- goats for meat and cheese
- free-range chickens
- organic vegetables and herbs
- tree farms and landscaping products
- and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Many of these farms offer seasonal "pick-your-own" fruits and vegetables, tours, and other farm activities. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Lagniappe Alpaca Farm (6 miles from the inn): Woo your heart with adorable alpacas and tickle your hands with the soft alpaca fiber products. A simple call for an appointment grants access to the farm and finished fiber gifts.
BerryWood (3 miles from the inn): creative super-yummy jams, jellies, baked goods (they bake for local restaurants too), sauces, salsas, plants, Christmas trees, veggies and crafts. Check out our Make Your Own Jam Package where Brandy will teach you the A-B-Cs of how to make jam!
The Market at Grelen (7 miles from the inn): Pick Your Own/Buy Your Own blackberries, raspberries (yellow and red), blueberries, apples, peaches, asian pears, cherries, asparagus and mushrooms. Featuring a Garden Shop, a cafe and multi-mile walking trails that connect to James Madison's Montpelier's walking trails!
Liberty Mills Farm (7 miles from the inn): Have a "Farmtastic Adventure" picking your own strawberries, flowers, pumpkins or making your way through their huge annual "liberty-inspired" corn maze - most years the largest corn maze on the East Coast!
Miller Farms Market (28 miles from the inn): An amazing farm market filled with year-round grown on site produce, a great Pick Your Own operation and local meats, milk and bakery goodies. Great tips for everything food and food related on their blog!
Darnell's Garden Patch (3 blocks from the inn): Family-owned and operated, Darnell's Garden Patch features local plants, local produce and fruits and decorative pots of all sizes. While you're there, pick up some local honey, bread and jam!
Carter Mountain Orchard (48 miles from the inn): Pick Your Own/Buy Your Own peaches, nectarines, apples, and gourds. Known for their apple-cider doughnuts and Country Store, they have festivals and hayrides too!
Chiles Peach Orchard (48 miles from the inn): Sister site of Carter Mountain Orchard. Pick Your Own (when in season) strawberries, sweet cherries, peaches, apples and pumpkins! With lots of veggies and jams, jellies and an ice cream parlor make this place worth the trip.