When it comes to having one of the best times picking strawberries, then a visit to Wegmeyer Farms has to be top on your list. This gem tucked in the picturesque Hamilton, VA is a must see.
And, with strawberry season only being a few weeks long, I couldn’t miss the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the suburbs and get out into nature again.
So, I hit the road with my five-year-old son to pick strawberries in Hamilton, VA. A bit of a drive from where we live in upper Montgomery County, but it was well worth it!
Despite the fact that my son is NOT a nature loving kind of kid – he STILL loved picking some of the reddest and sweetest strawberries we both had ever tasted.
The staff at Wegmeyer Farm were more than helpful and gave us a quick tour and tutorial of how to get started, how to find the best strawberries and even what little critters to watch out for. I’d highly recommend you add Wegmeyer Farm to your May/early June must-do’s!
If you can make it in the next two weeks, you’ll get treated with some of the best strawberries our region has to offer. Or, check them out in the Fall for an amazing assortment of pumpkins too.
Plus, to add a little more adventure to your trip, try avoiding the highways, and instead take the backroads and enjoy all of the quaint sights that historic Hamilton has to offer. We did and it was a mini-history lesson in the making!
More About Wegmeyer Farm
With three locations in the area, you can have a unique pick-your-own experience for the whole family.
Hamilton, VA boutique farm setting – Tucked away on back roads of Lincoln (between Purcellville and Leesburg) at a historic homestead, the farm provides the most scenic views of rolling farmlands. They offer picnic tables for you to bring your own lunch and refreshments available for sale.
After you pick berries, they invite you to stick around with the kids and let them play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground.
38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA Historic Oatlands – their strawberry patch and era-themed attire at this historic mansion will whisk you back to the 1800’s.
For those who do not want to walk from the parking lot to the field, you may hop on the wagon for $5 for adults and children under 16 are free.
Strawberry picking reservations are $29 per family which includes your first bucket of strawberries and secures a spot in the field for no more than one hour for you and your family.
One bucket holds approximately 5 pounds of strawberries. You are free to purchase additional buckets when you get there.
Know Before You Go
- Reservation is required.
- Water bottles, sunscreen and hats are a must.
- Go early. You will beat most of the crowds and get first dibs on the patch that day. It’s not as hot.
- Bring a spray bottle so that you can spray a few strawberries while picking them. Taste testing is hard to pass up when a ripe strawberry is staring you in the face.
- Dress your children in dark colored clothing so that you aren’t too concerned about the stains that may happen from the strawberries.
- Bring a picnic. The property has at least 4 picnic tables with lots of grassy areas in between for picnic blankets. We were able to score a table right under a large tree. The shade was welcoming after picking strawberries and it offered a nice plot of grass to spread out a large blanket for the children to relax on and eat lunch.
- There is a port a potty on site with hand sanitizer. There is also a large sink by the strawberry patch where you can rinse your hands.
- Blackberry and raspberry pick-your-own is available in July and August. They also have pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall.
- A snack shop is available on site in case you get the munchies or forget an item
Directions and Parking
Here is the address: 38299 Hughesville Rd, Hamilton, VA 20158
Latest Update: The Hamilton farm and the Oatlands farm are both OPEN by reservation only. Gilbert’s Corner is OPEN with prepicked strawberries and fresh-baked donuts.