Discover the home-grown side of Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. Pick your own fruit in one of our orchards, stroll through a farmers’ market, savor a wine tasting, tour a working farm, celebrate at a farm festival, or feast on a locally-grown meal at one of our farm-to-table restaurants.
Farm Tour 1
A Better Way Farm
This small eco-farm and micro-dairy dedicated to sustainable farming offers “All About Goats” tour where you can meet and learn about goats and farming practices. And if you’re lucky, you might just be able to cuddle with baby goats during your visit. For a more hands-on experience, your group can try soap or cheese making. Also available are goat-milk products for purchase.
Stable Craft Brewing
Experience a true working farm brewery at Stable Craft. With opportunities to tour hop fields, visit with the horses, take a behind scenes look in the brewery and enjoy a tasting and lunch. There is a lot to see and experience at Stable Craft Brewing.
The Viette Gardens
Tour these beautiful gardens—open year-round—and explore the many different sun and shade gardens, a butterfly garden with brightly colored blooms, water gardens, rock gardens and hosta gardens—just to name a few. Get ideas for your own garden, talk to the experts and enjoy shopping in the Garden Center. For a personalized experience add a lecture onto your tour with a member of the staff.
Farm Tour 2
Tour this pickle factory and the farm fields where they grow the produce for their all-natural pickles, relishes and spreads. Using no artificial preservatives, each item is made in small batches — hand-cut and hand-packed right on the farm. After your tour, peruse their shop, visit with the farm animals and tour their remodeled Inn. Also available for catered lunches.
Known world-wide for their diversified farming techniques, Polyface farm is a leader in sustainable farming using no chemicals and feeding 6,000 families, restaurants and food outlets within a three-hour ‘food shed’ of their farm. Take a self-guided tour of their open farm and see the Egg-mobile, visit the turkeys in the Gobbledy-Go and shop in the farm store for pasture raised meat and eggs. Be sure to bring your cooler!
Head back to Staunton for a wine tasting at Ox-Eye’s tasting room in the historic Wharf District. With a focus on crafting high quality, food-friendly wines from grapes best
suited to the soil and climate of our farm in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy a tasting and explore the Wharf area with its many boutiques and artisan shops including Sunspots Studios. End your day with a farm-to-table meal at one of our restaurants downtown.
Farm Tour 3
Cool Breeze Farm and Stables
Visit this family-owned working farm and horse stable whose mission is to raise animals and farm in a way that mimics nature. Come see their practices at work where animals are rotationally grazed and they’ve implemented a no-till, no-plow, no-irrigation gardening system. Bring a cooler (and cash or check) to pick up chemical-free produce, pasture/forest grazed pork, free-range eggs, and grass fed beef at The Market.
Cross Keys Vineyard
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, this family owned and operated winery sits on a beautiful 125-acre estate. With 30 acres of vines, CrossKeys grows 12 varietals of grapes all used to produce their award-winning wines. Go behind the scenes and learn about their different varietals along with how they press, produce, store and bottle their wine. This educational tour can be paired with a wine tasting and lunch.
White Oak Lavender Farm
End your day at White Oak Lavender Farm and experience the relaxing properties of lavender. Take a private tour of this family farm growing 8,000 lavender plants in many varieties. Guests may pick lavender—when in season—attend a distilling demonstration and visit the drying barn to learn how the plants are harvested for buds and the essential oil is extracted. Groups can add-on a wine tasting and/or try their homemade lavender ice cream.