Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard

Carter Mountain OrchardFall is a delicious time of year! Here in the Shenandoah Valley, it’s synonymous with apple picking.

And there’s no better place to go than Carter Mountain Orchard in Crozet, VA. It’s not just a favorite around here, they also have many fun activities for you to enjoy.

Since October is usually a “spooktacular” month, Carter Mountain Orchard hosts an annual spooktacular event which is fun for the whole family.

Here are just some of the activities they will have on October 28th:Halloween Spooktacular

  • Pumpkin carving contest
  • Halloween parade and contest
  • Caramel apple dipping
  • Trick-or-treat
  • Hayrides! (and weather permitting)

You can get all the details for the day right here.

But back to the apples…

The orchard has a wide variety to choose from. As of this writing, these apples are now ripe and waiting for your eager hands to snatch them from the trees:

  • Onagold
  • York
  • Winesap
  • Fuji–Light picking now but it gets more plentiful around 10/5
  • Granny Smith
  • Stayman
  • Pink Lady

Get a full list of their apples and the season in which they ripen on this page. Then you can arrange your stay at the Iris Inn around the apples you love most.

After Picking Apples, Stop By the Country Store

Carter Mountain Country StoreYou don’t want to miss the orchard’s country store. They stock it with local, unique items that also make wonderful gifts.

You’ll find their top-selling apple butter, jams and jellies, fruit syrups and pancake mix, just to name a few.

If you’re hungry, you’ll fall in love with their award-winning hot cider donuts, their apple pies, and cookies.

They also sell other fruit pies like peach and cherry. And they also serve soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt.

There’s Also Farm-to-Table Outdoor Dining

If you’re in need of serious food, head on over to the Mountain Grill. With tempters like pork barbeque egg rolls and sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, Mexican street corn, and pimento cheese sandwiches, you WILL find something great to eat!

Do’s & Don’t’s of Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard

With so much to do, you’ll want to make a day of it. And you’ll want to get the lowdown on how to pick a ripe apple. 

Here’s a quick tip from one of Carter Mountain Orchard’s staff.

One more thing…

If you love wine, Carter Mountain Orchard also has a vineyard! And they now carry Bold Rock Hard Cider, crushed and crafted right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Make plans to visit this diverse orchard now. Book your stay at the Inn here.