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May
23

Pick-Your-Own Farms Near Rockingham County

Farms Rockingham County

Rockingham County has rich soil and optimal weather, which help produce a bounty of gifts at local farms. When our real estate agents want to get back to the land, they head to these great farms for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. 

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    While Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse first opened for business in 1965, apples have been grown continuously on the property since the early 1900s. In 1975, Joe and Frances Showalter added a cider press to make use of the "blemished" apples that would otherwise go to waste. Today, Shannon Showalter and his wife Sarah continue his parents' legacy with pick-your-own apples and peaches. Be sure to make time for a visit to the tasting room at Old Hill Cidery near Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Do you dream of strawberry shortcake on a warm summer day? It's even better with freshly-picked berries from Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures. During fall, pick your own pumpkins and gourds for festive holiday decorations while the kids try to solve the five-acre corn maze. Fill the pantry and fridge with the assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat sold at the on-site market. Add some natural beauty to your home with some ficus or African violets from the greenhouse. Overlook Produce is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hobbit Hill Farm - 6460 Showalter Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Who says healthy foods don't taste good? Blueberries are high in nutrients, low in calories, and full of juicy sweetness. Take the whole family to pick your own blueberries at the delightfully-named Hobbit Hill Farm. This family-owned farm on the banks of the North River, and near Mount Crawford homes for sale, features USDA-certified organic blueberries, which are "only touched by rain and sunshine." Call ahead for hours.

  • Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs - 11 Pebble Hall Ln., Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to flavor your food without adding fat and calories. Spend an afternoon picking herbs by the bag at Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs. Seasonal varieties available include basil, chives, fennel, mint, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. You can also build colorful bouquets of baby's breath, calendula, daffodils, poppies, zinnias, and other wildflowers blooming in the gardens or greenhouse. Even if you don't pick anything, it's worth the trip to stroll the dog-friendly grounds, explore the nature museum, and enjoy a picnic lunch near Weyers Cave homes for sale. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, which includes a small bouquet. Hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard - 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Pamper yourself with the soothing properties of lavender from White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard. This stunning farm produces more than 8,000 lavender plants and 3,000 grapevines, creating a sea of purple. Purchase bath and beauty products, oils, candles, and other specialty items from the on-site shop, or pick your own fresh lavender. They'll even provide the scissors! You'll feel instantly relaxed in the farm's Discovery Area, where you can view farm animals and a life-size checkerboard or simply sit beside the pond. Sample lavender wine or refreshing slushies and sangria in the tasting room at The Purple Wolf Vineyard near Harrisonburg homes for sale. Admission is $3, with an $8 fee to pick up to 50 lavender stems. Guided tours are offered for $10, which includes admission.  White Oak Lavender Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Which one of the incredible Rockingham County homes for sale is your perfect match? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for experienced help finding or selling your home.

September
20

Orchards and Markets for Farm Fresh Apples

Apples in Shenandoah ValleyFall is in the air, and it's the best time of year to visit your local farms in the Shenandoah Valley! Our real estate agents love this season because of the amazing variety of available crops—apples, grapes, pumpkins—and the fun fall festivals that return year after year. 

If you happen to be in the Charlottesville or Harrisonburg area this fall, be sure to check out some of our favorite local farms, orchards, and markets!

  • Back Home on the Farm - 2915 Willow Run Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Offering one of the most fun-packed farm experiences in Virginia, Back Home on the Farm is the sort of place you'll want to visit again in every season. The greenhouse is alive with flowers in spring, and the farm stand is packed with produce in summer. But in fall, the farm is abuzz with activity, including wagon rides, you-pick pumpkins, nightly campfires, and a 7-acre corn maze. The farm is located just outside Harrisonburg, convenient to many Harrisonburg homes for sale.

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
    Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse is a popular wedding venue in addition to being a working farm, and it's not hard to see why. The place is stunning, with spectacular views across acres of rolling farmland. Autumn is pick-your-own apple season here, and the farm grows more than 30 varieties. Be sure to check out the cider (hard and otherwise) that is made right here on the farm, just minutes from these Timberville homes for sale.

  • Hickory Hill Farm - 3034 Fruit Farm Ln, Keezletown, VA 22832
    Hickory Hill Farm is a picturesque, family-owned farm that has been run by the same family for 30 years. You'll find a different crop ready for harvest in every season: blueberries in June, tomatoes and sweet corn from July through August, and grapes from August into September. The farm is located in Keezletown, not far from these Rockingham County homes for sale. They also sell their produce at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from April through Thanksgiving. 

  • Turkey Knob Growers - 17581 Mechanicsville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
    Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall—it seems there's always something sweet ready to be picked at Turkey Knob Growers. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the farm grows several varieties of apples, which they package and ship to stores and markets all over the United States. You can also pick up apples in person at their farm stand or order online through their website. Turkey Hill is one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley; they've been going strong since 1918. 

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841
    There's a lot to explore in any season at Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures, but fall is definitely our favorite time to visit this Shenandoah Valley farm. They offer a vast pumpkin patch with over 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds in virtually every size, shape, and color. Fall also brings a sunflower harvest and corn maze, and be sure to check back in next spring for strawberry season! Overlook Produce is just of I-81 and a stone's throw from these Mount Crawford homes for sale.

  • Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store - 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Offering pick-your-own and pre-picked apples from August through November, Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store is a beautiful place to spend a day in the fall. They also grow peaches that are available well into September and recently launched their own wine label using home-grown grapes. This is a great time of year to enjoy a glass of wine in their beautiful outdoor space. The farm is a short drive from these Charlottesville homes for sale and also has an on-site bakery that's known for making some of the best apple cider donuts around. 

  • Cross Keys Farm - 3022 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    You'll find just about any fruit or vegetable you can think of at the farm stand at Cross Keys Farm. Each crop is grown right here on the farm and available fresh for as long as it's in season. In fall, apples are the star of the show. Cross Keys Farm includes an orchard that grows modern apple varieties like Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady, as well as unique heirloom apples like Albemarle Pippin, Arkansas Black, and Esopus Spitzenburg.

Fall is a great time to be in Virginia, but we happen to think it's a pretty special place to call home in any season. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley area and talk to our real estate agents about finding your Virginia dream home.

June
14

Where to Order Your Summer Scoops in Luray

Summer is the best time to enjoy a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Our real estate agents look forward to satisfying their ice cream cravings this summer at these top spots around Luray.

  • Rudy's Roadside - 4768 US-211, Suite B, Luray, VA 22835
    Just the name of Rudy's Roadside lets you know it's a wonderful place to stop for some ice cream on a lazy summer day near Luray homes for sale. Rudy's proudly serves Hershey's Ice Cream, from the Lancaster County creamery still run by the latest generation of the family that assumed ownership in the 1920s. Hand-dipped ice cream treats from Daisy's Dairy Bar are available all year long in a dozen flavors, including Butter Pecan, Salty Caramel Truffle, and Oatmeal Cookie Craving. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 

  • Flotzie's - 1034B US-211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    Flotzie's eye-catching, retro roadside stand has been serving creamy soft serve treats for nearly 20 years. Enjoy your soft serve as is or mix and match from a dozen toppings such as cheesecake bites, cotton candy fizzies, and gummy bears. Follow Flotzie's on Facebook and earn a free cone by correctly guessing the next flavor of the week. Recent selections include peach, banana, and black cherry. Don't forget to take home a pint or quart of your favorite flavor! Flotzie's is open daily from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Packs Frozen Custard - 183 E. Lee Hwy/211 E., New Market, VA 22844
    So you think it doesn't get any better than ice cream? Packs Frozen Custard may have a thing or two to say about that. Frozen custard incorporates egg yolks and adds less air for a richer, denser product. Fans swear that Packs Frozen Custard makes the best milkshakes ever, and you may find yourself becoming a convert as well. Kids love Blue Goo and Bubble Gum "flavor blasts," while grown-ups go for the Pack Attacks, with mix-ins like Oreos and Heath Bars. Stop by between noon - 9:30 p.m., seven days a week, as you're touring New Market homes for sale.

  • Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café - 24 E. Main St., Luray, VA 22835
    Do you believe in the philosophy that there's no such thing as "too much" when it comes to dessert? Then run, don't walk, to Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café, where you can get a slice of their homemade pies topped with a scoop of ice cream. The menu features seven flavors of pie, one for each day of the week, such as lemon or chocolate chess, peanut butter, and bourbon. Add the finishing touch to your pie a la mode with a coffee flight, featuring your choice of four varieties. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Tuesday, when closing time is 3 p.m. 

  • JJ's Soft Serve - 173 McCauley Dr., Timberville, VA 22853
    JJ's Soft Serve, just down the street from Timberville homes for sale, is always the right answer with many menu options to choose from. In addition to Hershey's Ice Cream, JJ's offers soft serve in both regular and yogurt varieties. Flurries come with a variety of tempting add-ins, but customers are especially fond of Grape Nuts, with a welcome crunch that adds a contrasting texture to the smooth creaminess. As a proud member of the community, JJ's often holds fundraisers for local schools and other deserving causes. Bring Fido along to enjoy a yummy pup cup. JJ's is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • New Town Creamery - 320 Fairfax Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655
    New Town Creamery channels carnival food, another summer tradition, with their funnel cake sundae. Dig into your choice of sundae flavor with soft serve on top of a freshly-made funnel cake. Want a refreshing treat that also quenches your thirst? Order a shaved ice in flavors such as blue raspberry, cotton candy, and root beer. The family-friendly stand, only minutes from Stephens City homes for sale, has an adjacent field where kids and dogs can work up an appetite or work off the sugar. New Town Creamery is open every day from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Summer is also the perfect time to buy or sell a home around Luray. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

May
10

Explore Cideries Near Rockingham County

Cideries in Rockingham CountyFrom the charming streets of Harrisonburg to the panoramic vistas of Shenandoah National Park, Virginia's Rockingham County is a place unlike any other. Our real estate agents can go on and on about all reasons why we're glad to call it home, and you can bet that our local cideries will be on that list. 

The rich soil of the Shenandoah Valley makes our region the epicenter of Virginia's apple country, and a scenic drive across Rockingham County reveals a landscape lined with farms and orchards. Pick-your-own apples are a big attraction here in the fall, but local cider is on tap year-round at these amazing Virginia cideries.

  • Sage Bird Ciderworks -325 N Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Using locally sourced apples to create their unique, small-batch hard ciders, Sage Bird Ciderworks stands out as one of the best of the best when it comes to Shenandoah Valley cideries. Their craft and attention to detail really shine through in each cider they create, most of which tend to be drier hard ciders with rich, complex flavors. Sage Bird Ciderworks is located in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg, just minutes from these Harrisonburg homes for sale. Their taproom has a pet-friendly outdoor patio and is known for hosting events ranging from trivia nights to yoga classes. 

  • Old Town Cidery - 326 N Cameron St, Winchester, VA 22601
    Old Town Cidery is an outdoor tasting room located a stone's throw from these Winchester homes for sale. It's always a great spot to sit and sip a local cider or two during the warmer months. They have six rotating taps, and food trucks are often on-site to provide something tasty to go with your cider. Cans are available to take home too, including Old Town's flagship Pippin hard cider. All of the ciders at Old Town Cidery are made using apples grown by Glaize Apples, a family-owned apple grower that's been based in the Shenandoah Valley since 1937.

  • Wild Hare Cider Pub - 17 E Washington St, Middleburg, VA 20117
    The folks at Wild Hare Cider Pub have earned a reputation for creating lively and innovative ciders using local Virginia apples. From their flagship Hatch heritage dry cider to more inventive flavors like their Ophelia cider (fermented with Citra hops and grapefruit peel) there's always something new and interesting to try. Order a flight of ciders at the pub to really experience the different flavor profiles among various ciders. Wild Hare Cider Pub is located in Middleburg, just up the road from some lovely Middleburg homes for sale. They also have two additional locations in Leesburg and Warrenton and will deliver cider right to your door anywhere in Northern Virginia.

  • Potters Craft Cider - 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
    Offering expertly crafted cider in a beautiful, rustic space, Potters Craft Cider has quickly made a name for itself among Shenandoah Valley cideries. Founded by two friends with a mutual love for home brewing, Potters emphasizes the "craft" element of craft cider, with tasty creations that blend the crisp taste of local Virginia apples with other flavors like grapefruit, hibiscus, cranberry, and orange blossom. The tasting room is located just outside Charlotte, and convenient to many Charlottesville homes for sale

  • Castle Hill Cider - 6065 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick, VA 22947
    Some of the best hard cider in Virginia can be found at Castle Hill Cider, a historic cidery located on land that has been used to grow apples since 1777. But while they grow a lot of the apples themselves, the cider artisans at Castle Hill also source from other local growers to create their flavorful craft ciders. The taproom and grounds at Castle Hill Cider are also stunning—it's a popular wedding venue—and it's just a short drive from these Keswick homes for sale

  • Old Hill Cidery - 17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
    Cider making has been an American tradition since Colonial times, long before the idea of craft brewing or even beer itself became popular in the United States. The folks at Old Hill Cidery have made it a point to help revive that tradition. Nestled on a 60-acre farm not far from these Timberville homes for sale, Old Hill Cidery creates ciders that range from bright and effervescent to rich and complex. They're all created in small batches using the more than 30 varieties of apples that are grown on the farm. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in and around Rockingham County, Virginia. From the historic city streets of Harrisonburg to the wide-open countryside of the Shenandoah Valley, it's a beautiful place to live. 

April
26

Classic Virginia Dishes - Where to Find Them in the Shenandoah Valley

Virginia Dishes

If you've been exploring Virginia homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know some of the best local food! From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, each region has its own culinary delights. While seafood ranks at the top of the list, the area is also well-known for other tasty treats, including some of the best-fried chicken you'll ever taste. 

We recently asked our real estate agents to name their favorite area restaurants that serve up local specialties. Here are their recommendations. 

  • Edinburg Mill Restaurant: 214 South Main St., Edinburg, VA 22824
    The historic Edinburg Mill building has been a Virginia landmark since 1848. The Edinburg Mill Restaurant, located on the lower level, is well-known for serving delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and incredible seafood. You may not realize that Virginia is the top oyster producer on the East Coast. Since it's so easy to get them fresh, dishes featuring this ingredient are extremely popular among locals and visitors alike. Edinburg Mill serves incredible Chesapeake Oysters that are dusted, friend, and served with hot sauce and tarragon aioli. If you're in the area looking at Edinburg homes for sale, we recommend paying this iconic restaurant a visit. 
  • Rhodes Seafood: 173 McCauley Ave., Timberville, VA 22853
    When our agents are in the area showing Timberville homes for sale, they love visiting Rhodes Seafood. This small, family-run restaurant has been pleasing locals for 20 years. They offer a huge selection of fresh seafood, including oysters in the half shell, breaded oysters, and shrimp served with the shell on, peeled, or breaded. Selection is one of the biggest selling points here. Rhodes' Seafood offers various options, including your choice of sauces, breading, spices, and mixes. We love the fact that we can visit time and again and never have the same thing twice. 

  • Spring House Tavern: 325 South Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664
    Nothing says local quite like a delicious piece of southern fried chicken. There are many great restaurants serving this simple yet incredible dish. One of the most popular is Spring House Tavern. This iconic restaurant has been family-owned for over 19 years and is loved by the locals. We recommend the Chicken-Fried Chicken. This savory dish features fresh chicken deep-fried in Lefty's homemade breading and served with their signature creamy white-pepper gravy. The Spring House is also located near many of the best Woodstock homes for sale, so consider taking a drive around after dinner. 
  • Southern Kitchen: 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 22844
    Are you looking for the best fried chicken in Shenandoah County? Look no further than Southern Kitchen! They're famous for their fried chicken dishes, which they serve with your choice of sides like mac n' cheese, freshly sliced home fries, or buttered carrots. This locally owned family restaurant is known for its home-cooked meals, just like grandma makes. If you've been thinking about moving into one of the beautiful New Market homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Southern Kitchen.
  • Town and Country Restaurant: 21 West Lee St., Broadway, VA 22815
    You can't live in Virginia without sampling the south's favorite cheese spread -- pimento cheese! This classic dish is made with cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sweet peppers. Locals enjoy it melted on toast, with ham, and on top of various savory dishes. While you'll find pimento cheese on many local menus, we can't get enough of Pimento Cheese Sandwich at Town and Country Restaurant. They're known for having some of the BEST homecooked meals, and we couldn't agree more! Add a side of onion rings or an order of their fresh-made potato wedges for a meal you won't soon forget. You may be surprised to see how many great Broadway homes for sale are located nearby, so plan to spend some time exploring the area when you visit. 

  • The Cheese Place: 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821
    If you love all things cheese, then you'll want to spend lots of time at The Cheese Place. This family-owned and operated business is one of the best local places to find not only pimento cheese but just about any other kind you can think of. They also carry pasta, soup mixes, spices, seasonings, nuts, candy, cereal, oats, dried fruit, and more. If you're thinking about moving into one of the great Dayton homes for sale, you're sure to become a regular here. 

The excellent selection of dining options is just one of the many things there are to love about living in Virginia. If you're ready to call this area home, the real estate experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Contact us today to get started! 

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