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Blackberry U-Pick Orchards in The Roanoke Area and surrounding Western Virginia in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blackberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blackberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Bedford County

  • A J. Gross and Sons - apples, blackberries, nectarines, peaches,
    6817 Wheats Valley Road, Bedford, VA 24523. Phone: 540 586 2436. Email: Open: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Directions: from downtown Bedford take route 43 north right on jopling road left on Wheats Valley Road Orchards will be on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    A J. Gross and Sons Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 540-874-4749. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. mid June thru mid September peaches are available; apples available mid August thru November first for pick your own and harvested apples are available year-round. . The apple festival is the 3rd Saturday in October. Apple valley 5-k on the 1st. Saturday in November. Apple blossom festival is the 2nd.Saturday in April. Peach festival on the 4th Saturday in July. Gross' Orchard is a family owned and operated orchard which has been in business since before the turn of the century. Our specialties are mountain grown peaches and apples. Fall apples -- beginning September 1st. You also have the privilege to participate in our pick your own program. Peaches June 15 - September 10. Also Produce, Summer Apples June 15 - August 31, Fall Apples Starting September 1, Tours Welcome Year Round - Just Call For An appointment, Jams & Jellies with Sugar and Without; Country Ham and Bacon, Apple Cider. Apple Harvest Festival -3rd Sat. in October (UPDATED: September 26, 2019)
    Comments from a visitor on September 01, 2009: "Extremely well organized. Very, very friendly. Lots of produce, jellies, jams, etc. Highly recommended."
  • Buffy's Blueberries - Blueberries, blackberries, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals
    1085 Capital Hill rd., Moneta, VA 24121. Phone: 540-330-5144. Open: July into September from 7am till noon, Wednesday thru Sunday; Select times are available for groups picking a minimum of 20 pounds. Directions: Take White House Road toward Smith Mountain Lake Park about 5 miles and see orchard signs on left at crest of long hill. Take first right to parking and barn. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check . Buffy's Blueberries Harvetta the Emu and chickens. 4 Acres of blueberries and 12 - 15 varieties ,Blueberries are being raised pesticide free. is formerly TLC Orchard. They are a pick your own pesticide free orchard. The blueberry bushes at TLC Buffy's Blueberry Orchard are loaded with berries that will begin to ripen the first week of July. There are twelve varieties of blueberries in the field and the plants will produce berries through the month of September and possibly into October. Call For more information or to schedule special picking times. In 2018 if you pick the berries the price is 4.00 per lb. and if you call ahead and want them picked for you the price is 6.00 per lb. Blackberries are also available in July. There are 4 acres of blueberries that are pesticide free. Because of this we cannot use chemicals to control pests or poison ivy. It is recommended to wear long sleeves and long pants and to spray your legs or pant legs to prevent chigger and tick bites. Sharleen has bug spray available if you forget yours. (ADDED: July 23, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Scotts Strawberry Farm (aka, A&E Farms) - blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, events at your location (call for info),Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms
    5234 Joppa Mill Road, Moneta, VA 24121. Phone: 540-297-7917. Email: Open: UPDATE for 2022, Their Facebook page has not been updated since 2020; so I assume they have closed permanently. Directions: from Roanoke 24 east 17 miles turn left onto 747 go 2 miles on right. from Bedford 122 south 4 miles turn right onto 747 go 4 miles on left. from Lynchburg 460 west to Bedford 122 south exit go 4 miles turn right onto 747 go 4 miles on left. from Franklin County 122 north 20+ miles to 24122 intersection left on 24 west go 5 miles right onto 801 1-12 miles right onto 747 .8 mile on right. Strawberries: May to early June, Produce: May thru August, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries: late June thru August, all dates determined by the weather. Payment: Cash, Check. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Scotts Strawberry Farm (aka, A&E Farms) Alternate Phone: 540-871-0635. . mid May on; Monday thru Saturday 7:30 am till 7 pm Sunday 1 pm till 6 pm. from Roanoke 24 east 17 miles turn left onto 747 go 2 miles on right. from Bedford 122 south 4 miles turn right onto 747 go 4 miles on left. from Lynchburg 460 west to Bedford 122 south exit go 4 miles turn right onto 747 go 4 miles on left. from Franklin County 122 north 20+ miles to 24/122 intersection left on 24 west go 5 miles right onto 801 1-1/2 miles right onto 747 .8 mile on right. Strawberries: May to early June, Produce: May thru August, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries: late June thru August, all dates determined by the weather. click here for their Facebook page. NOTE: 2021 THE FARM IS FOR SALE: just under 127 acres, 4 acre lake, underground irrigation going to any field on the property, several buildings and barns, very large shop, 4 wells, 5 septic's, 3 mobile homes. Main house 4 levels, 3600+ SF, 4 BR, 5 BA, 2 Great rooms, 1 on main floor w/open fireplace thru both sides and 1 in basement with wood insert and room is finished, spiral stairs getting off 3 levels, stairs in front hall up to 2 BR, HP, can also use wood for heat. I probably left something off.anyway it is close.
    Comments from a visitor on July 08, 2010: (positive)"I picked blackberries on July 6, 2010 for the first time ever - they are the most amazing blackberries! I had to look for the really ripe ones but there were plenty to be found. It took me about an hour to fill the field bucket- you pay by the bucket full not by weight and they allow you to heap it as high as you can for $16.00. There were a ton of yet to ripe berries so I will be going back again for sure. It seemed to me that the berries have not been affected by the drought because they have a nice watering system. The berries were incredibly JUCY. Nice perks are: you can drive right up to the field, they have clean, real (not porta-pot)bathrooms, and they sell other farm fresh produce as well. "
    Comments from a visitor on July 07, 2010: (positive) - "I have been Scott's twice recently and have to say I disagree with the other two recent posters. First was during the strawberry festival, it was too hot to stay long, but we did pick a 5qt bucket full, very easily. Most recently we picked blackberries and raspberries on 6/27/10. I will agree that there were not many raspberries, but there were LOTS of blackberries. We picked three 5 qt buckets full. I don't know if the previous posters misunderstood where to turn, as the fields can be confusing, but there were 5 rows of completely ripe blackberries and about 10 rows that had some ripe and some not. "
    Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2010: (negative) - "I noted that a upset visitor posted a response in June 2010. I am not normally one to post such derogatory remarks but I am sorry to say that the previous poster is fairly correct. We were told there was blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. When we went out, we were told to go to a particular field. We arrived and found about 5 blueberry bushes and was able to pick about 1/2 cup of ripe blueberries. We did not see any blackberries. We did see about 35 raspberry bushes. While there were a lot of raspberries on the available bushes, 95% were not ripe. When we checked out, we were told that the berries should be ready in about 2 weeks. It is posted as being ready and we too were told on the phone about the readiness of the berries. It was a huge disappointment since we too drove about 40 minutes to get there. I would not recommend visiting this farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on June 19, 2010: (negative) - "WOW what a disappointment. I called before had for directions , . From my Home it was 45 miles, Asked about the different kinds of berry that "were in season NOW" I quoted, She explained a " bunch of blueberry bushes. raspberry and black berry would be here soon... Lies ,lies lies. I got there only 12 blueberry bushes ( which is what I was going for) and NOT ONE BERRY ON THE BUSH. So I picked not a berry and stopped by to ask why she lied to me on the phone and to my face before I went out to the fields. She said You must have misunderstood me. B*** S***. Then she offered to sell me her pre-picked berries at 3.99, a pint well I I explained I do not plan to buy her pre-picked week old berries after spending 1.5 hours driveng and 1/2 a tank of gas to a horrible lady. oh yes I did " A HORIBBILE LADY" Another visitor writes in 2009: (positive) - "Pick your own price for 2009 is $1.80 quart or $9.00 for the 5 quart field bucket. They also have a Scott Strawberry Farm Festival - (the last weekend in May) 10 am to dusk Saturday, Noon-Dusk Sunday - Crafts & food, door prizes, pony & carriage rides, bungee jump, moonwalk, homemade ice cream, homemade strawberry & blackberry pie, flatfoot contests and the BEST strawberries around. U-Pick or buy ready-picked."

Halifax County

  • Giant Oaks Farm and Orchard, Bed & Breakfast - Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, muscadine grapes, pears, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries, walnuts, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    3035 Neals Corner Road, Clover, VA 24534. Phone: 850-691-9661. Email: Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate Phone: 804-712-1738. . UPDATE for 2019, Their website is gone; Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me

Montgomery County

  • 3 Birds Berry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow),
    1876 Brooksfield Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Phone: 540-552-4195. Email: Open: See our website for current picking hours June - Sept or call the farm phone anytime for a recording. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    3 Birds Berry Farm Facebook page. . . Blueberries (early June-late August) Blackberries (late June-August) Raspberries (July-September). We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Our farm is just 7 minutes from downtown Blacksburg, Virgina! We are passionate about berries! New for season 2012: we are ADA compliant (with accessible porta potty, picking path & parking). We are also considered "transitional" (seeking organic certification). Our Prices: All berries $3/pint (or $20/gallon for volume picking discount). Price includes sales tax & pint containers. We provide picking buckets and take home pints/bags. Our apologies in advance: dogs NOT permitted on farm for health/safety reasons. See you in the fields!. The ONLY pyo crops offered are: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. Our farm is just 7 minutes from downtown Blacksburg, Virginia and the ONLY U-Pick berry farm in Blacksburg! It ran as "Crow's Nest U-Pick Berries" for over 30 years.
  • Al's Blueberries - blackberries, blueberries,
    3960 Mt. Tabor Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Phone: . Email: Open: All week during season; 8am to Dusk. Directions: About 5 12 miles past Slusser Chapel Church on mt. tabor road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.

Patrick County

  • Windy Hill Orchards - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, Muscadines, grapes, nectarines, peaches, raspberries (red), Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations
    176 Windy Hill Lane, Ararat, VA 24053. Phone: 276-251-5222. Alternate Phone: 276-692-8157. Email: Open: Spring & Summer hours: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm; Closed Sunday and Monday: Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, PayPal. Typical dates: Blueberries - Due May 30th; Peaches - Due the 3rd week of June. Blackberries - Due in July. Grapes - First grapes due in July. Apples - Gala's due in Aug....We have a beautiful crop of apples this year. We have raw cider at the shed for purchase. We also have raw cider vinegar available. (UPDATED: September 24, 2023)


Blackberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Wild blackberries for making jamIn the U.S. Blackberries typically peak during June in the South, and in July in the North. Crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part of the state you are located. In order to produce good local Blackberries, producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions. See this page for a list of blackberry festivals around the U.S.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for Blackberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
    If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Blackberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one at right.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

Tips on How to Pick Blackberries

  1. There are two types of blackberries to know about: thorny and thornless! Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into the plant in the gaps, so you don't need to touch anything but the berry you're after, avoiding the thorns.
  2. A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug.  If the berry is red or purple, it's not ripe yet.
  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.Unlike strawberries, blackberries are usually pretty tough, I dump mine into the bucket. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
  4. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Blackberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you will find loads of berries that other people missed!
  2. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.

When you get home

  1. blackberries, just pick from a pick your own farmDON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash  off the others, drain them and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away) Blackberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Temperatures between 34 F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze the blackberries (while they are in the fridge)!
  4. Even under ideal conditions blackberries will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after purchase

Blackberry Recipes, Freezing and Jam directions

  1. How to make Blackberry jam - It is VERY easy - especially with our free Blackberry jam directions - very easy!
  2. How to make Blackberry jelly
  3. How to freeze berries
  4. Blackberry syrup, make and can it! 
  5. Seedless blackberry pie!
  6. Blackberry Festivals: Where, When and More to Find an Blackberry Festival Near You this year:

Blackberry Facts and Tips

  • Black Raspberries, also known as "black caps" are a very healthy food; packed with anthocyanins!
  • The USDA says 1 cup of blackberries has about 62 calories.
  • 1 cup of blackberries, not packed down weighs about 140 grams.
  • Select plump, firm, fully blackberries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • Ohio State University's Article Regarding Their Prevention of Cancer
  • Oregon Berry Black Raspberry Brochure
  • Blackberry tea was said to be a cure for dysentery during the Civil War. During outbreaks of dysentery, temporary truces were declared to allow both Union and Confederate soldiers to "go blackberrying" to forgage for blackberries to ward off the disease.
  • Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments, including gout.
  • The blackberry leaf was also used as an early hair dye, having been recommended by Culpeper, the English herbalist, to be boiled in a lye solution in order to "maketh the hair black".
  • Guide to blackberry varieties
  • Researchers have known for quite some time that berries contain antioxidants which help to fight cancer causing free radicals.  A study at the University of Ohio has found that blackberries are the most potent cancer fighting berries of them all, by nearly 40 percent!
  • U-pick Blackberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as Blackberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.  Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
  • Want to go to a blackberry festival? See this page for a list!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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