The special two-day event that only happens once a year: the Loudoun Farm Tour. Many farms around the area open their gates to the public to offer a real sense of where the food is coming from, and the opportunity to pick-your-own food straight from the vine, tree, coop, what have you. We’ve gone for years! We always hit Chicama Run for farm-fresh eggs and poultry. Chickens and roosters everywhere! Chicama is also at the Leesburg Farmers Market on Saturdays, which makes getting those delicious eggs easy. And honestly, if you haven’t tried farm-fresh eggs, you’re missing out. There’s no comparison. The proof is in the yolk, but I digress.
This year we made our way to Crooked Run Orchard in Purcellville. Apple trees as far as the eye can see, and delicious, delicious, delicious! Upon arriving, my husband and I first enjoyed a free range angus burger, courtesy of a local farm. Just the fuel you need for apple picking.
The orchard boasts a variety of apple trees, and even blackberries, pears, and pumpkins. Bags of already-picked apples were on tables, for convenience, but what beats the back-to-basics thrill of picking your own? Nothing! My husband and I wove our way through rows and rows of apples, tried to climb a few trees for those up high, and resorted a few times to just plain old shaking the apple tree. And, yes, it is an extremely effective method! We watched a dad shaking a tree, and his young children gleefully tried to catch falling apples before they hit the ground.
At the check-out stand, there’s also locally-brewed apple cider, gourds galore, and wines from a local vineyard. The small bag of apples we chose cost only a dollar. A dollar! Not only is this a beautiful time of year to be at the farms, it really isn’t that expensive at all. Next year I definitely want to see the Mammoth donkeys at Donkey Meadows in Purcellville. Now that sounds like a fun time! Can’t wait ’til next year!
On the road again,