Travel the Fields of Gold through Shenandoah County and experience the region’s rich agricultural heritage first hand. Local farm to table restaurants feature the freshest cuisine using ingredients directly sourced in the Shenandoah Valley. In fact, many local restaurants such as Cristina’s Café or Woodstock Garden Café even feature their own farm’s produce and livestock.
Savor freshly pressed apple cider from local orchards along with the freshest veggies and delectable baked goods including pies, cookies, breads and more from the several farm stands located in town and along back country roads. Mowery Orchards, Paugh’s Orchard and Woodbine Farms are just a few of the local favorites! Watch one of the country’s premiere specialty chip producers fry chips right before your eyes at Route 11 Potato Chips and sample their many flavors using Virginia-grown potatoes.
Get lost in the corn at MaizeQuest at Bridgemont Farm. Located adjacent to the area’s only covered bridge, Bridgemont Farms offers a corn maze, pedal carts, rope maze, hayrides, 60 foot barn slide and more to delight families and folks of all ages. Or venture across the street to pick your own pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch at Mt. Airy Farm.
Another must stop is Posey Thisisit Llama Farm where guests may visit, feed and get to know over 30 llamas located on this 27-acre farm. Owner Joyce Hall takes pride in educating visitors on the animals, their wool and products derived from their yarn. Visitors can even make their own llama-wool memory to take home with them.
Those interested in history will enjoy a tour of Smith Creek Heritage Farm which is home to a vast collection of antique farm equipment including pre-machinery tools through modern tractors. See first-hand how farming has evolved from the days of hand planting and tilling to the modern machinery we know today.