In June, the boys and I took a drive down to Fredericksburg to visit Braehead Farm, a family owned farm and market that dates back to 1937.
Braehead offers Pick Your Own (PYO) produce April through November. They also have a market where you can purchase pre-picked produce, as well as other items such a dairy products, meat and seafood, eggs, prepared food items, jams, etc. When we arrived at the market, an employee told me that everything, outside of the dairy items, are Virginia products. They also have a Lunch Kitchen, and ice cream.
We didn’t pick any produce the day that we went. Instead, we went to play in their play area and meet some animals! $5 per person (including adults), gives you access to a large open area with several different animals – horses, goats, alpacas, and free range chickens. There are several play structures. Plenty of room for kids to climb, swing, play in sand, and play with outdoor toys.
Masks are required when in the market, but not when outside in the play area. We went mid-week, and mid-morning, and though there were many other people there, I felt that there was plenty of room to keep a distance from others if desired.
We do plan to go back in the fall when it’s not as hot to try out their PYO produce. What I loved about what I saw of the fields is that they are close to the parking area. No getting on a hay wagon to be carted out to the field (hello allergies!). You simply pick up a bucket by the market, and walk out to the crops (see Braehead’s webpage for PYO procedures).
Some other details:
Parking is free, and is near the market/play area/field.
I saw a few picnic tables outside of the play area, and several within it.
It is free to PYO, you only pay for what you pick.
I don’t know if there were bathrooms inside the market, but there were porta potties outside the play area.
The market and play areas were both stroller friendly.
The chickens are super friendly and will walk right up to you.
There is a lot of shade in the play area.