Autumn afternoon road trip to apple country

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Apple Country was calling this afternoon so after whittling away the morning, we decided to hit the road to Paugh’s Orchard in Shenandoah County. I’m not even sure how long it takes … maybe an hour? … but it was a sparkling sunny drive. We left Staunton and headed north on I-81, then off at the Mauzy exit and up Rt. 11 through New Market to our turn toward Forestville where we picked up Rt. 42 for another 2.5 miles to the fruit stand. Along the way, autumn was on display including this show-off maple along Rt. 11 on the outskirts of New Market.

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??????????Along the Massanutten range were splashes of color signaling the beginning of the autumn color season.

??????????Rt. 11 north of New Market.

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??????????Our destination was found in a scenic curve along Rt. 42. Paugh’s was busier than the last time we were there two weeks ago.

??????????Six varieties of apples, pumpkins, decorative gourds and mini pumpkins, and a store full of jams and jellies …

??????????… and mums mums mums …

??????????… in every color for $6.50 each.

??????????The gourds were $.50 each …

??????????… while the mini pumpkins are 3 for $1.00.

??????????Indian corn was $4.99 for a bundle of three.

??????????The great thing about the apples is that customers can sort through and pick out their own, filling 1/2 peck, peck, and 1/2 bushel bags.

??????????Pumpkins … orange and white. We bought apples, mini pumpkins, gourds, and a jar of chow-chow, loaded everything in the trunk of the car, and started our return journey down Rt. 42. We strayed off course at Timberville, heading west and then south on some back roads to avoid Harrisonburg.

??????????Everywhere we drove, farmers were busy cutting and transporting silage in the dry fields since we need rain in the Valley. It was hot today with temps around 80 degrees with the sun broiling down on fields and farmers.

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??????????The back roads took us past Silver Lake in Dayton. We watched a dad and his young son fishing while the lake’s duck population looked for hand-outs.

??????????Driving past Silver Lake took us back to Rt. 42 just in time to stop at the Dayton Farmers Market for a big pretzel. This fella was hitched beside us, the definition of patience as we ate our pretzels under the shade of a nearby tree. Hitting the road again, we drove through Bridgewater and along the foot of the Appalachians to Churchville and then home with our load of apples and other goodies. Now, with my bale of hay, mini pumpkins, gourds, and purple and yellow mums, we’re looking like fall in our corner of the world.

It’s autumn in the Shenandoah Valley….

For more info:

Paugh’s Orchard Facebook page
The Shops at Dayton’s Farmers Market Facebook page
Silver Lake Mill and Shop
The Town of New Market

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 26, 2014

Cross-posted at SWAC Girl

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6 thoughts on “Autumn afternoon road trip to apple country

  1. Suzanne Sayre says:

    I will be making a trip there because of your great article and beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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