Come See How We Grow!
Agriberry Farm is not typically open to the public, but we receive many requests for Farm Visits each year. To help you learn more about the farm, Agriberry Farm is open for special Farm Visit days several times each year. The focus of each Farm Visit varies depending on what’s happening at that time of year. No matter what time of year, however you can expect to be able to walk the fields, talk with the Geyer family and some of our workers, stock up on farm goodies, and–conditions permitting–pick some great berries.
The Geyer family loves seeing the changes each season brings to Agriberry Farm, and hopes you will, too. Everyone is welcome on Farm Visit days: young and old, friends and family, and even leashed pets (plus clean-up bags, due to food safety regulations). Be sure to check our tips below in order to help ensure that everyone has a great time at the farm.
Parking for all Farm Visits is provided at Agriberry Farm’s “Woodberry Farm” site, unless otherwise noted. Address: 6289 River Road, Hanover, VA 23069
From Richmond/295: Take Rt 301 N approximately 10 miles to the intersection with River Rd (Rt 605). (River Rd. comes in from the right to form a “T” just north of Signal Hill Cemetery and south of Courthouse Park.) Turn right onto River Road and drive for approximately 1.8 miles to Agriberry Farm on the right.
We hope to see you at the farm!
2018 Farm Visit Schedule
Please note that all visits are Rain or Shine events, and the opportunity to pick berries is subject to the discretion of the Geyer family depending on harvest conditions at all events. Watch our Facebook page for last-minute updates.
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10am-Noon, Farm Visit and Annual Pruning Workshop
Want to try your hand at growing your own tree fruit or berries? If you’re an aspiring gardener or edible landscaping enthusiast, this is an un-precedented opportunity to learn about pruning and caring for your own cane berries and fruit trees. Anne and Chuck Geyer have been at it for more than 30 years, and they are happy to share what they’ve learned about the importance of pruning to a successful harvest.
If you’re new to the CSA, this is a great opportunity to meet with the Geyer family and other members of Team Agriberry and to get an early look at where your fruit comes from. And depending on how the weather unfolds, bring your camera because the fields can be absolutely beautiful in the Spring!
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Farm Visit and Raspberry-Pa-Looza
June is Raspberry time. This Farm Visit is our favorite of the year, because the weather tends to be great and the raspberries full-bore. Pick your own is usually available this week thanks to the abundance, and it’s a great chance to do taste testing to identify your favorite varieties.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Farm Visit and Blackberry Appreciation Day
July is all about the blackberries. This Farm Visit features blackberries and typically offers a confluence of the end of the early varieties (those whopping big sweeties that everybody loves) and the start of the later season varieties, ur favorite of the year, because the weather tends to be great and the raspberries full-bore. Pick your own is usually available this week thanks to the abundance, and it’s a great chance to do taste testing to identify your favorite varieties.
Saturday, August 25, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Farm Visit with Chester Blackberries and Early Fall Raspberries
If all goes well, this Farm Visit is the favorite for the jam makers each year. Our favorite blackberry variety for all our jam making and baking (shhhh…it’s a secret!) is the Chester variety which is a late season berry. Depending on conditions, we often have some raspberries available this week, thanks to the double-cropping characteristics of some of our varieties. Many people feel that the Fall raspberry season yields the sweetest and most flavorful berries of the whole season. We’d love for you to come out and let us know what you think!
Planning Your Visit
Agriberry Farm’s fields are located a short walk through the trees along Crump Creek, behind our green-roofed grey metal barn and packing shed. The barn and parking area are immediately off of River Road. Accessing the fields involves a quarter-mile walk along a woodland path with some uneven footing. (Orange cones will help guide you from the barn to the fields.) Once you’re in the fields, navigating the rows of the field and across the irrigation system can be a little tricky, too.
Please BE SURE to bring at least one water bottle per person. As our young workers can attest, picking is very thirsty work!
We recommend good, field-ready, water-friendly footware for everyone in your group, as well as weather-appropriate clothing, including sun protection for this outdoor activity (hats, sunscreen or coats, rain gear, etc.,)
Without putting too fine a point on it, bathroom facilities are limited to a single portable unit in the fields. We suggest allowing time for a visit to the single bathroom at the barn by the parking area before you head to the fields, so maybe factor in a little time.
Not interested in visiting the fields or picking? Our Farm Visit days are a great time to stop by the farm and stock up on all your favorite goodies. We’ll have a mini-market set up with all your favorites!
After your visit to the farm, if you’ve never visited the Historic Hanover Courthouse area, it’s just a few minutes further north on Rt. 301 beyond the turn for River Road. This scenic area includes fine and casual dining, shopping, and Hanover’s beautiful Colonial-era courthouse and original jail. If you’re still ready for more outdoor activity, the Courthouse Park offers lots of room to run, plus a nice walking trail.
Important Note: If you are highly sensitive to bee or wasp stings, our fields might not be the best choice for you.
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