Growing up in the Midwest one of my favorite things was spending time on the farm. I would spend my summers on my Great Great Uncles farm in Montana. Now, when we are traveling or visiting new places I like to visit farms, orchards and farmers markets for fun. Culpeper, Virginia has several farms you can visit. I’m going to share a few of the destinations I would visit if I was in town.
Cibola Farms is a 400 head bison operation with both retail and wholesale bison meat sales, including a retail store at the farm, farmer’s markets and online sales. They use sustainable management practices through a holistic approach to agriculture. They practice humane handling techniques and measures to ensure all animals on the farm are comfortable psychologically and physically in an effort to produce a quality product through mindful and thoughtful care. Cibola Farms aims to produce healthy foods through raising livestock using natural elements. They make as many ecological decisions as possible to protect the environment in the mapping, planning, and implementation of agricultural endeavors. You can take a self-guided tour to see the bison and other farm animals while there. Afterward, you can go to the store to purchase Cibola’s products.
There is no admission fee and parking is free. However, this is a working farm so no pets and it may be difficult for some with handicaps to maneuver the farm.
Morningside Farm & Nursery
Morningside Farm & Nursery has served the gardeners, horticulturists, and native-plant lovers of Virginia and Washington, D.C. for over 20 years and is located in Culpeper County within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Morningside grows only hand-selected favorites from the exotic to the antique with a special love for native plants. It’s a place for all levels of gardeners. There’s everything from herbs, perennials, and native gardens throughout the farm.
Be sure to check their calendar for a full list of events starting in early April through the fall. There is no admission fee and parking is free. However, this is a working farm so no pets and it may be difficult for some with handicaps to maneuver the farm.
Oak Shade Farm
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive at Oak Shade Farm is the Mello family’s log home has a long front porch which looks west about 20 miles to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. There is also a large fire pit as you look toward the mountains where you can enjoy sunsets and starry nights. Just beyond is the organic vegetable garden and beyond that is the largest of four Christmas tree fields, about 7 acres in size. That’s just a little bit of the farm. There is so much to see and do on the farm you can easily spend the day there. At Oak Shade Farm, the Mellos say it has been an adventure to adapt themselves to what the land has to offer. If you are on a similar journey, go visit them.