Summer months mean sunshine, the harvesting of various fruits, no school, and kids with too much energy. Why not spend a summer day at a nearby farm for some fun family time? Weather it's picking your own berries, smelling the flowers, or visiting goats and chickens, everyone will enjoy a day at a farm!
Lavender Fields Herb Farm
Where: 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
About: "Come see us at Lavender Fields Herb Farm for a wonderfully unique experience. Our 6th generation family farm is set on 37 acres only minutes from Richmond, where you will find our quaint farm store filled with unique gifts, raw local honey and all things lavender. We sell the largest selection of USDA Certified Organic Herb and Vegetable plants and all the organic gardening supplies you need to go with them. Make the most of your visit with helpful classes for herb and vegetable gardening and scheduled tours of our farm for the full experience. Enjoy a respite on the deck overlooking the Chickahominy River with a freshly made Lavender lemonade or one of our signature Lavender or honey ice creams. Any season is a good time to visit and we look forward to seeing you at the farm." (From their website)
Highlights: The lush Lavender field is in full bloom all June. Come to the fields and leave with freshly cut lavender stems to take home.
Westmoreland Berry Farm
Where: 1235 Berry Farm Lane, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443
About: "There are plenty of things to do on the farm and something for everyone. We like to think of it as a great day out, and the kind of place we’d come for fun if we weren’t already here. Throughout the seasons we have different events for people of all ages and stages.
On the farm you can pick your own fruit or buy it ready-picked from our Country Store or you can just sit and relax and enjoy the view while the kids enjoy themselves in the adjacent play areas." (From their website)
Highlights: Pick-your-own Blueberries and Blackberries are in season in June; also be sure to watch the playful goats trot along the various ramps.
Where: 11008 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville VA 20181
About: "The middle of the month of July is usually when our sunflower fields begin to bloom. We plant over 30 varieties of "cutting" sunflowers on eight acres in successive crops to ensure at least six weeks of blooming flowers.
Admission includes access to our huge Jump Pad, bounce house, two story slide, bubble stations, chalkboard message signs for photos, cornhole games, kids clubhouse play area and shaded picnic area." (From their website)
Highlights: In addition to pick-your-own Sunflowers, Burnside Farms also has the nation's only Sunflower Mazes!
About: "Friendly farm animals are the big draw at the Maymont Farm, a popular destination for families and animal lovers. The area offers hands-on animal encounters and insight into farm life where children and adults alike are delighted by the crow of a rooster, the feel of a sheep’s wool and the nudge of a hungry goat. Look for feed machines on-site to purchase treats for your furry pals." (From their website)
Highlights: Animals include chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, cows, donkeys, pigs and horses.
Carter Mountain Orchard
Where: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville VA 22901
About: "Carter Mountain Orchard overlooks dramatic vistas and acres and acres of fruit trees and grapevines. Mere minutes from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and just down the road from historic Michie Tavern [...] In early summer, our country store features tree-ripened ready-picked peaches, nectarines, and local veggies, as well as hot, fresh peach cider donuts, and plenty of ice cream and cider slushies!" (From their website)
Highlights: June is prime pick-your-own Peach season! Also fresh picked Nectarines and Cherries are available in the country store.