School Groups, Clubs, and Tour Operators

Yes, on any normally open day, as long as your group isn’t 70-ish people or more, your group can come — you don’t need to ask.  And if you want to come on a not normally open day, then call and we can work something out.

Crooked Run Orchard enjoys hosting many school, church, and tour groups throughout the picking season. We also get to enjoy meeting Mom’s groups, Girls and Boys Scouts, Homeschool groups, and many other diverse groups of folks.

As an event organizer you’ll want to have the best information on hand to ensure that your visit to Crooked Run is a smash hit, so we’ve tried to address the main concerns that large groups and bus operators might have through this Q&A:

When is the best time to pick apples with my group?

In Virginia, apple picking is a ‘back-to-school’ activity- meaning that the best time to pick is during the month of September. The earlier in the month that you plan to visit us, the more likely it is that you’ll find warm temperatures, sunny days, and lots of apples to enjoy. Always call our recorded line to hear the latest news! (540) 338-6642

Do I need to make a reservation for my group?

No, you do not need to make a reservation for groups on normal business days (currently Wednesday through Sunday).  We are open every day from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm, unless the weather is too harsh for picking.  If you would like to have a tour on Monday or Tuesday, please contact us for arrangements.

Where can I park my bus?

School and tour buses may unload their passengers in safety at the head of our PYO entrance (click here for map) and then park on the ample shoulder along Old Route 7. It is a short downhill walk to the PYO stand, where we will welcome your group and provide picking instructions. In our experience, most operators prefer to drop off and then later pick up their passengers without parking, however. Due to the narrowness of the dirt farm road leading to our PYO stand, buses are not able to navigate on the farm property.

What kinds of apples are available for picking?

For the latest picking report, please call our recorded line (540) 338-6642. We also provide weekend picking guides on our home page. If you absolutely must speak with a human to discuss your needs, please call our house number at (540) 338-7445, however, we are almost always out in the orchard so it may take a day or two to get back to you. To get a very general idea of what kinds of apples are available, check out our picking calendar.

What else do you have available besides apples?

Later in the fall we have pumpkins, squash and gourds. On certain weekends we occasionally have raw apple cider and apple butter on hand, too.

Do you offer hay rides, face painting, a playground, a petting zoo, or other activities for small children?

Children of all ages are welcome to visit us at Crooked Run Orchard, however, we are (and have been for over 200 years) a working farm. We have dedicated ourselves and our land to raising the healthiest produce possible, which occupies us year round. We do not offer these sorts of activities because we are focused on providing really good food for you and your family. We hope that you’ll enjoy the serenity of the natural spaces on our farm just as nature presents them.

Is there a fee for my group to pick at Crooked Run Orchard?

We never charge a fee to enter – you pay only for what you pick. We never charge for parking either.

What kinds of facilities do you have for public use?

We offer free parking, picnic tables, and for the ‘necessities of life’ we have a porta-potty on site.

Are pets allowed to visit?

We’re sorry, due to sanitary issues we do not allow dogs on the farm grounds.

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