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The Mackintosh Fruit farm is a pick-your-own fruit farm in Berryville, Virginia. Patrons can come to the farm with their friends and family and pick their own fruit. In the fall the farm has different types of apples to pick. The farm has different fruits available for picking during different seasons.
Picking your own fruit can be a lovely socially distant activity to do with family. Kids simply adore it! On the weekends the picking is by appointment only so that people can be spaced out. Families stay with their group and picking fruit is outside which is safer at slowing the spread of COVID-19. There are tons of rows in the orchard for people to find fruit. The employees all wore masks and there was hand sanitizer at many locations.
My brother and sister-in-law invited my husband and me to join them and their children for apple picking recently. The farm allowed groups of six people or less. It was a lovely experience for everyone, especially the children! Mackintosh Fruit Farm is also very dog friendly. Patron’s dogs are allowed on the farm as long as they are on a leash. We brought our dog with us. He had a lovely time scampering through the orchard. The farm has their own pets that roam the property. We were greeted by 3 farm dogs and saw the farm’s cat sleeping under an apple tree. The animals we encountered were all very docile.
The weather was cloudy, but still warm. We checked in at our appointment time. At this time there was no admission fee, which was nice. There was a choice of large plastic bags and small plastic bags to use to place the apples in. We could have as many bags as we liked as long as we filled them all. We would be charged per pound of apples. Customers are not allowed to bring and fill their own personal bags for sanitary reasons and to discourage stealing.
We got to the farm early enough that we could get a big green metal wagon to pull out apples and children in. The wagons are very helpful because carrying around plastic bags of apples can be tiresome. Customers are allowed to bring their own wagons if they do choose. If one gets to the farm later in the day there is less likelihood of obtaining a green wagon.
We were able to pick two types of apples during our visit. It was nice to have a variety. First, we picked Pink Lady Apples. They had lovely reddish pink skin and a sweet taste. Next, we picked Evercrisp apples a few rows over. They were still sweet, but had more of a robust tart flavor to them. Their fruit skin was a medium shade of red.
The orchard is very child friendly. Many of the fruit trees were bred to be dwarf trees so that children could pick the fruit more easily. Most of the trees were 8 feet tall or less. No one is allowed to climb the trees. If one needs to get fruit in high places the facility provides special large sticks with baskets that help pick fruit. When were on our way back to the main area from the orchard we passed a chicken coup. The kids adored looking at the chickens and the chickens liked strutting around and showing off for the children.
We put our apples on the scale and then we paid for our apples. The employees marked our bags to show that we paid for them. There was a large handmade playground and basketball court on site for the children to explore. Across from the playground was a goat pen. The kids were excited to see the little goats after playing on the playground.
We ordered lunch at the restaurant in the farm store. The restaurant had their regular menu with items like beef burgers, the beyond burger, BLTs, and the Chicken Salad Sandy. They had a children’s menu that had reasonably priced hotdogs, nuggets, and grilled cheese. They also had Weekly Farm specials like grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup, Apple Panini, Apple and Ham Pizza, and homemade Chicken Pot Pie. Patrons could also order cups of hot coffee and hot apple cider to go with their meal.
One of the weekly farm specials of the week was the Chicken Pot Pie. It was delicious. The crust was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The chicken was succulent and the white gravy was flavorful. Each bite also had vegetables like peas, corn, carrots, and beans. I highly recommend it.
After apple picking we were excited to eat something with apples in it. Luckily, another popular farm special of the week was the apple panini. The apple panini had fresh bread that was nicely browned. The apples were sweet and the cheese was gooey and delectable.
A popular side was the hot tomato soup. It was simply seasoned and delicious. The tomato taste was strong and one could tell that the tomatoes were super fresh when they were made into soup. It had a thick rustic consistency to it.
The farm store also had plenty of desserts for sale. In the display case there were pumpkin cheesecake slices, lemon meringue pie, and many other treats. Different fruit pies could be bought by the whole pie or by the slice. They had cakes, cookies, apple blossom pastries, and of course apple cider donuts. The apple cider donuts were definitely very popular. We bought a few donuts and at them as a dessert to our lunch. They were soft and flavorful. The cinnamon sugar got all over our fingers, but it was all part of the fun.
The store was filled with a wonderful variety of items. Patrons could buy tomatoes, apples, squash and other fresh produce. In the refrigerator, there were gallon jugs of apple cider, individual drinks to eat with lunch, and fun cheeses. There were eggs for sale as well as large jars of apple butter.
We had such a lovely time at Mackintosh Fruit Farm! I highly recommend fruit picking at this farm as a safe socially distant activity. We loved picking fruit, shopping, playing, and eating. The food quite delightful. It is such a wonderful place. There are activities for adults and for children. We will definitely visit again!
Mackintosh Fruit Farm
1608 Russell Rd
Berryville, VA 22611
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