By Lynn R. Mitchell
My sister Lori never met a pick-your-own fruit or vegetable she didn’t want to gather, and our adventure to Madison County earlier this week was no exception. As we were driving a back road along the eastern base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she spotted a sign for Blue River Farm and pick-your-own grapes and immediately wanted to stop.
We greeted each other and they handed us picking bags for the grapes and a pair of scissors, and off we went to the rows of what looked to be Concord grapes. Seedless, of course, but they had seeded if anyone was interested. All the while, we couldn’t help but notice that we were surrounded by mountains.
I couldn’t find a website for Blue River Farm.
Here’s a guide to other pick-your-own produce and fruits in central Virginia: http://www.pickyourown.org/VAalbe.htm
Somewhere in the fog was Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park. The views made stopping to pick our own grapes worth it all. They charged $2 a pound and then gave us more grapes after we paid. The grapes were fresh, sweet, and juicy, and we had fun surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Virginia countryside. The vineyard was located near Rose River Farm on the road to Graves Mountain Lodge.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 8, 2014