There’s nothing like the colorful foliage and slightly crisp air of the fall season. We simply love to spend as much time outside as possible and picking apples is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors. Check out our ultimate guide to apple picking fun at local orchards across Virginia.
Carter Mountain Orchard: The reds, yellow, and oranges of the foliage on the way to Charlottesville are a beautiful sight! This is where you’ll find Carter Mountain Orchard and acres of delicious pick-your-own apples in a number of varieties. The months of September and October are the peak of apple season so put on a pair of comfortable shoes, grab a basket, and head to Carter Mountain. Pre-picked apples, peaches, pumpkins, and more are also available for purchase!
Williams Orchard: Located in charming Wytheville, Williams Orchard is worth the drive. This family-owned orchard has been operating for over 90 years so they know their apples! You’ll love the Ginger Gold, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious varieties in the orchards. If you visit on weekends between September 29th and October 28th, you’ll also be able to check out their annual Fall Festival featuring hayrides and pick-your-own pumpkins.
Drumheller’s Orchard: Fresh apples are everywhere at Drumheller’s! Nestled away in beautiful Lovingston, Drumheller’s Orchard has pick-your-own and already-picked apples for you to take home through early November. Interested in more than just apple picking? Stay for the beautiful scenery, cider, and fun activities!
Once you have your bushels of apples, there’s no better reason to use them in a delicious recipe! Apples can be used to make a variety of yummy treats such as apple butter, tarts, cider, and so much more. We especially love a recipe for an apple crisp like the one from the Food Network below:
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 1 hour
5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar for filling, 3/4 cup granulated sugar for topping
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.
- Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.
- To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
- Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.
We believe it’s how you live that matters and hope you enjoy apple picking at beautiful orchards and making lasting memories all season long. If you’re interested in more apple recipes, visit our Pinterest page. Happy fall!