Fall Farm Fun in Fauquier County

Posted 09/13/2022 4:22 PM
Category: Visit Fauquier

Winter offers snow, spring gives flowers, and the summer makes for a really great day at the beach but fall really might just be the best time of year.

 The leaves take on gorgeous hues, pumpkins pop up, and happy trick-or-treating slowly leads to Thanksgiving pie, Christmas cookies, and New Year’s festivities with family and friends. Since fall is the cool, soft, sweater-weather welcome to so many cheery days ahead, we’re thrilled that it’s almost here again.

 If you and your family are looking for just the right pumpkins to carve (or turn into pie!), wanting to pick the apples you eat right off of the trees they grew on, or are thinking a silly or spooky hayride sounds like an awesome autumnal activity, be sure to check out one (or all) of these special farms in Fauquier County:

At Hollin Farm, you can pick, dig up, and cut your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers! Operating since the 1950s, this farm has been lovingly run by four generations of family. Visit them for fresh fruits and vegetables (from apples, plums, and okra to peanuts and potatoes), natural beef, ice cream, and more! The pick-your-own fruit and veggie selections can change weekly, so be sure to check their schedule before you visit.

Heading over to Hartland Orchard is a must while you’re in town as you’re really visiting three places in one: Hartland Orchard, Harland Farm, and Green Truck Farm. Among these, you can find just about anything you’re looking for: Christmas trees and wreaths, egg ornaments for gifting, “legendary” apple donuts and cider slushies, sweet local corn to go with dinner, honeys and jams and salsas for later, pumpkins for the porch steps, caramel apples for the kids… this list could go on and on. Their cherries are delectably sweet and you can even pick your own berries, depending on the time of year.

Valley View Farm has been serving the area for five generations now, and in addition to offering honey-tasting, wine-tasting, fresh ciders and pick-your-own fruits, they also feature the Orchard Brand Collection, some of the “finest available Virginia wine country art and furniture, handcrafted by local artisans from repurposed barrels.” Their farm market generally opens in early May, and you can learn more about their lovely origin story here.

The Stribling Orchard family has been growing fruit for two hundred years now, and with fall right around the corner, their apple lineup will feature golden delicious, red delicious, gala, Macintosh, and more. Their orchard also has a bakery on-site, and their Harvest House offers everything from jellies and farm fresh eggs to cookbooks and hot sauce. You can see the Blue Ridge Mountains right there from the orchard, so bring a pretty wicker basket to do your shopping with and a blanket to enjoy your picnic on after!

A few more: We love Messicks Farm Market for two reasons: one, it’s open year-round, and two, they serve up the BEST homemade custard ice cream there! Buckland Farm Market is open year round too, offers organic products, AND they have ice cream and a bakery on-site with homemade pies, breads, and loafs. Take a look at their menu and we’re sure you’ll see something (or five somethings) you love.

For more fall fun over one incredible autumn day, be sure to check out Fauquier’s Annual Fall Farm Tour! This special event is happening on October 8, 2022, and offers a taste of a real working farm (and because these farms aren’t usually open to the public, we’d highly recommend putting this special day on your calendar now!).

Farms you’ll get to tour include:

Ovoka Farm

750 Gap Run Road Paris, VA 20130 

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ovoka Farm forms the western boundary of fertile Piedmont and extends into the breathtaking Shenandoah Valley. Their F-1 Wagyu is enjoyed by diners in every venue (from the Michelin Star eateries to your dining room), and they hope you’ll come visit, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and learn more about where your beef comes from. Tours at 10a, 1p, and 3p. Wagyu Beef lunch available for purchase at 12p.


Arterra Wines

1808 Leeds Manor Rd Delaplane, VA 20144                                                 

Arterra Wines produces “clean” and Authentic Virginia Wines by using native Yeast Fermentation and neutral oak. Their focus is growing the highest quality fruit and combining ancient techniques with modern equipment to produce a wine free of common additives. Hawkmoth Art Gallery is also on site, so come experience this intimate, highly focused venture on a beautifully wooded mountainside. Vineyard and Cellar tours held at noon, 1p, 2p, and 3p.

Hidden Creek Farm

2591 Triplett Turn Delaplane, VA 20144                                                                                        

Hidden Creek Farm is a regenerative, organic, and humane certified breeding and production farm. Regenerative farming is all about the stewardship of soil, and at Hidden Creek Farm, staff works with nature to create sustainable environment farming solutions. Pop-up Art Exhibit (in the gorgeous Inglewood Red Barn) from 10a-4p. Farm Visits including self-guided hikes, picnics, strolls, Hidden Creek’s Farmer’s Market, Kids Korner, conservation & history tutorials.         10:30a and 2p: Owner Andrea Young shares Regenerative Farming principles and insights. The John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District will be available from 10a to 2p and at 11a and 1p there will be an Organic Vegetable Garden tour with head gardener Dominic Ruibal.

Stribling Orchard                                                                        

11587 Poverty Hollow Lane Markham, VA 22643                                                

Come experience this sixth generation family farm and orchard. Enjoy a day in the country with 2,500 apple trees, 800 peach trees, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greeters will set you up with bags, maps, picking poles and the latest picking conditions. Have your own bags? You’re more than welcome to use them. After picking, stop by the Harvest House where you’ll find local beef, fresh cider, honey, jams, jellies, salsas, hot sauces, cookbooks, fresh baked goods, and more.

Fauquier Education Farm                                                                                                                                                   

8396 Meetze Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187                                                                                           

The Fauquier Education Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to serving their community through agriculture education programs for both children and adults. Everything grown here is donated to area food banks, and during the tour, you’ll be able to see the garden and learn about educational opportunities offered.

Kinloch Farm

5313 Hopewell Road The Plains, VA 20198                                                                                                                                                                                          

Kinloch Farm, owned by the Currier family since 1960, utilizes a historic line of Aberdeen Angus cattle to regeneratively graze 800 acres of pasture. They use grazing practices that benefit the animal, ecosystem, and farmer, and their program for the tour will touch on all these subjects.

John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District will be available from 10a to 2p. Bee demonstrations available at 11a and 1p. Guided walks through riparian zones with their conservation team available at 11a, 1p, and 3p, and pasture walks at 11:30a, 12:30p, and 3p.

Virginia Working Landscapes will also be conducting native plant walks throughout the day. Hayrides offered and food available for purchase.

Kinloch Farm Store                                                                               

5313 Hopewell Road The Plains, VA 20198                                                                          

The Kinloch Farm Store opened in May 2022 at Archwood Green Barns Farmer’s Market. This farm store offers a full retail selection of Kinloch’s natural grass-fed/finished beef and other specialty farm and agricultural goods from around Virginia. During the tour, the farm store will be open from 10a to 6p, and throughout the day, guests can shop from popular Archwood Green Barns Market vendors. Food and public restrooms available on site.  

Greenfield Farms Alpacas 

11353 Barnes Rd. Catlett, VA 20119                                                                     

Greenfield Farms Alpacas was established in 2007, and the farm is family-run and owned, situated on 20 stunning open acres. Visitors will learn about all aspects of these amazing animals and their fiber, from fleece to finished garments and everything in-between. Visit to learn more about all things alpaca and to purchase Alpaca fleece, roving, toys, apparel, and yarn.

Fauquier County Farms: Perfect for Fall Family Fun

Whether you go for the apple picking, hay riding, pumpkin patching, or something else, we’re wishing you a truly awesome autumn this year! For more about what to get up to in Fauquier County this fall, click here today!

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