Vintage Virginia Apples
2550 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden VA 22959
Phone: (434) 297-2326
Rural Ridge is a family-run orchard dedicated to exploring the varieties of apple that can thrive in Albemarle County,Virginia. Thomas Jefferson experimented with 18 or more varieties of apples at Monticello, only a few miles from this orchard. Rural Ridge grows several of the varieties he chose, as well as hundreds of other old-fashioned varieties that offer delightful alternatives to the limited varieties currently available in grocery stores.
Vintage Virginia Apples was founded in 2000 by the Shelton family and has grown to encompass a variety of tree fruits that are becoming increasingly rare. Many of these are older varieties that have fallen into obscurity or just do not fit the needs of today's commercial marketing and distribution systems. They began by planting interesting apple varieties and now have more than 200 varieties. They have collected about three dozen peach varieties. They grow several plums, cherries, nectarines and apricots. They have added pears in the last couple of years and are testing varieties that will grow in central Virginia. Their most significant endeavor is the nursery that has grown from this love of vintage varieties. Many of these varieties are virtually unobtainable elsewhere.
Their workshops have been well received and they are looking forward to expanding their offerings in years to come. In addition to other fruit culture topics, they plan to explore culinary and related crafts, such as vinegar making. They are also planning to expand their cider production.
Buy local North Garden, buy local Charlottesville, buy local Albemarle County, buy local Virginia.
Tours Available: No
Brick & Mortar: No
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|Date added: 5.9.2008|