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Pick Your Own Farms in Northern Virginia

There are many "Pick Your Own" (or U-Pick, or PYO) farms in Northern Virginia, where you and the family can spend an afternoon picking what ever happens to be in season to your heart's content. Among the large varieties of fruits and vegetables available are: apples, apricots, beans, beets, blackberries, carrots, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, peas, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, and other events through out the seasons.

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Welcome to the "Peach Way"

Northern Virginian's have it made in the shade when it comes to "pick your own fruit" farms with several located in Fauquier County; to access them you naturally travel down Peach Way which boasts "5 farms in 5 miles."

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Hollin Farm offers many, MANY fruits and vegetables.

For the person who really loves pick your own, Hollin offers:
apples, apricots, beans, beets, blackberries, carrots, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, peas, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring,...

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Sunflowers nod hello

People looking to pick their own fruit in Northern Virginia are greeted by rows of sunflowers at one of the many farms in Fauquier county.

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"Greetings and good-day"

A sunflower stands in repose during a summer day on Hollin Farm in Northern Virginia ... it welcomes you to explore the farm and delight in its many fruits.

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Vegetables for self-picking - the hard part's already done

A Northern Virginia farm has signs reading "Dig your own carrots (use a shovel)" and "Yellow squash, Zucchini, Lettuce."
The tough part - the farming - is already finished.

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Yellow sqash plants soaking up the Summer Sun

Hollin Farm plants rows and rows of yellow squash for patrons to come by and pick in late summer. These plants are growing fast but are not yet bearing fruit.

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Hollin Farm's mini-trailer

Two women assistants stand inside a Hollin Farm trailer to give directions to customers, accept payments, answer questions and provide some background information on the history of the farm.

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"Pick Your Own" is easy on the wallet

Pretty much everything is two dollars a pound such as: Lettuce, Onions, Swiss Chard, Cucumbers, Green beans, peppers, zucchini, Carrots and squash. Tomatoes and potatoes are a dollar a pound. Great deal!

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Please pay first

The sign asks kindly to pay first before you enter the berry patch lest you eat your way through and lose your appetite which would be bad for business.

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Jenna Mack prepares ...

Jenna prepares to go meandering through the berry patch with an mischievous grin upon her face. On your mark ... get set ... GO! Northern Virginia is home to many farms where customers are encouraged to pick their own fruit and vegetables.

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August is prime berry-time

Nothing makes me think of late summer more than rows upon rows of ripening blackberries. These are in Virginia, and they can be yours for just a few dollars and a few minutes spent plucking them from the trees.

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Joey the Butcher inspects a blackberry

Having retired from a former life of malfeasance, Joseph (Joey the Butcher) Knight delights in a perfectly ripe blackberry found in the berry patch of Hollin Farm, Virginia

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Beginning to ripen

In the U.S. Blackberries typically peak during June in the South, and in July in the North. Crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part of the state you are located.

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Half-ripe; half not.

Blackberry tea was said to be a cure for dysentery during the Civil War. During outbreaks of dysentery, temporary truces were declared to allow both Union and Confederate soldiers to "go blackberrying" to forage for blackberries to ward off the disease.

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"We're hunting blackberries"

Jenna strolls through the blackberry bushes selecting only the finest specimens. Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments,...

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