From farmer’s markets to farm wineries, there are a variety of hidden gems found across Fredericksburg farms
In a time where innovation and progress can overwhelm all else, Fredericksburg farms give visitors the chance to slow down and savor each moment. The deeply historical city is home to a selection of hidden gems for those looking to reconnect with nature in the homiest of settings.
Fredericksburg’s Belvedere Plantation has a history as bounteous as its breadth. The 645-acre farm was built in the 1760s on the Rappahannock River by Colonel William Dangerfield. The colonel’s colonial-style plantation home has been preserved on the property.
Today, it continues to operate as a functioning farm, producing corn, wheat and other crops. Moreover, it doubles as a locale for fun farm experiences and education.
The plantation is well-known for its annual Fall Harvest Festival, with the Maize Maze and Pumpkin Patch as signature attractions. Additionally, there are more than 30 activities in total for guests to choose from. With this variety, even the pickiest visitors can find something to enjoy.
The plantation also hosts an annual Easter Eggstravaganza. There, guests can participate in an Easter egg hunt, enjoy a pancake breakfast, capture photos with farm animals and witness the firing of a candy cannon, among other activities.
Between these annual events, Belvedere is available for rent as a venue for group events and school field trips.
Belvedere Plantation’s variety of activity options is matched only by its variety of food options. Guests can grab lunch from either the Red Rooster Grill or Belvedere Pizza Factory. Additionally, the Bakery Café allows visitors to indulge in fudge, donuts, hot apple cider and other treats. They can fuel their sweet tooth further with freshly-fried funnel cakes and choices from Cogburn’s Treats.
A Fredericksburg staple for over 80 years, Braehead Farm is committed to providing the freshest of produce and the full farm experience. Braehead was established in 1937 by Emmett C. Snead, and his legacy has been preserved by generations of family ever since.
Braehead raises beef cows and grows seasonal crops, such as strawberries, kale, asparagus and arugula. Guests can purchase this produce at the Braehead Farm Market, along with fresh milk, cheese, ice cream, eggs and honey. Select crops are even available for Braehead’s pick-your-own-produce option.
In addition to the food goods, guests can participate in a plethora of activities. Braehead is home to play barns, swings and slides, sand piles, push tractors and plenty of farm animals to interact with.
Guests have the option of packing a picnic or enjoying a hot meal from the Braehead Farm Kitchen. This eatery serves barbecue, hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken and gluten-free items for those with dietary restrictions.
The farm is open all days of the year, but holds additional events annually to help the community celebrate fall, Easter and Christmas.
Miller Farms Market
Located just outside Fredericksburg, Miller Farms Market is putting the “farm” back in “farmer’s market.” The location was established in 1946 by Willard Miller as a dairy operation. It transitioned into a produce farm in 2003 when the latest Miller generation sold the dairy cows.
Today, Miller Farms Market grows year-round and remains committed to providing patrons with an authentic farm experience and seasonal produce. Those visiting in the summer can look forward to seasonal tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelons and squash, among others. Furthermore, the farm’s fresh beef, chickens, eggs and raw honey are available for purchase in the market.
The farm seeks to expose visitors to the products of other small businesses by stocking them in their market. Their patrons can enjoy fresh dairy products from South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, and coffee from a Virginia roastery.
Those who visit Miller Farms Market on Saturdays have the unique opportunity of enjoying a meal from Jojo’s Kitchen. The eatery serves homemade breakfast, lunch and dipped ice cream cones.
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