Marker Miller Orchard is family-friendly fun

Posted By Katie on Aug 27, 2013


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Marker Miller OrchardSweet, dripping peaches fresh from the tree, delicious honeycrisp apples, and apple cider donuts are three great reasons to visit Marker Miller Orchard.  Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley just outside of Winchester, Virginia, Marker Miller Orchard is one of my favorite summer and fall outings with kids.

Northern Virginia and Maryland have many orchards.  Here are five reasons why I think Marker Miller Orchard is one of the best.

Marker Miller Orchard

I bottled my peaches to save them for winter.

1.  Great prices and quality produce

In 2013, the cost of a 1/2 bushel box of peaches was $18.  Most apples are $22 for a bushel.  Honeycrisp apples are usually about $5 more per bushel.  When you compare these prices to farmer’s markets or other orchards closer to the Washington D.C. area, these prices can’t be beat for the quality of produce.

2.  Fabulous playground and picnic areas

After driving for an hour or two with kids, the playground is a welcome sight.  The playground at Marker Miller Orchard is delightful for kids of any age.  My son’s favorite is the “Jolly Cobbler” pirate ship.  My daughter loves the wooden castle.  The playground is clean, safe, and updated.

Picnic tables are available near the farm store or in a covered pavilion nearby.  Plenty of rocking chairs on the porch of the farm store give you a great view of the playground and the orchard.Marker Miller Orchard

3.  Produce and treats at the farm store

Marker Miller Orchard has a variety of pick-your-own produce throughout the season.  Tomatoes, berries, peaches, apples, and more are fun and easy things for a family to pick.  However, when I go with my youngest children, I am more inclined to just enjoy the scenery and playground and buy my produce in the farm store.  Plenty of in-season produce is available in the store, and they have many delicious snacks and treats as well.

The sweet shop sells homemade fudge and hand-dipped ice cream.  Apple cider donuts and pumpkin donuts in the fall are a delicious treat.  We just tried the strawberry slush and it is delicious.  Feel free to ask for a sample of any of the fruit or snacks in the store and they are happy to share before you purchase.

The farm store sells bakery items, cheeses, homemade jams and jellies, and much more.

Marker Miller Orchard

My kids couldn’t get enough of the fresh strawberry slush at Marker Miller Orchard

4.  Family-friendly festivals at Marker Miller Orchard

Marker Miller Orchard holds several festivals throughout the harvest season.  These festivals include activities such as wagon rides through the orchard, the cow train for kids, live music, and plenty of fresh, tasty food.  Bring your family to sample fresh peach ice cream or homemade apple cobbler and enjoy a beautiful day in the country at Marker Miller Orchard.

5.  Beautiful vistas

Sitting on the rocking chairs, listening to happy children enjoying the playground, and looking over the orchards and valley will nourish your soul.

Marker Miller Orchard

Covered pavilion at Marker Miller Orchard

Good to Know

Location:  3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602

Open:  June-December, check website for days and hours.

Amenities:  Farm store, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, rocking chairs.

Marker Miller Orchard

Playground at Marker Miller Orchard

 

Katie
Katie is a busy mom living in Northern Virginia with her husband and five children ranging in age from toddlers to teens. When she isn't traveling, she is planning her next trip. Katie loves all types of travel, but she especially loves beach vacations. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a favorite family destination.

1 Comment

  1. Totally awesome view of the mountains. I recommend going in the fall when the leaves are changing. We went for a long walk in the orchard.

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