James City County's rich farmlands allowed the first settlers to survive and prosper when they reached our shores in 1607. The thriving rural character of James City County continues to offer a variety of agritourism opportunities. Historic Mainland Farm, for example, has been continuously farmed since 1609 and is visible from Greensprings Interpretive Trail.
In 2019, Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg opened. The farm is open seasonally and hosts a variety of events. Sweethaven carries a variety of handmade products at their mercantile store located at their farm and for purchase online.
Take a trip to the Williamsburg Winery and look at the grapes as they grow at Wessex Hundred. Afterwards, enjoy a truly unique dining experience at one of the three establishments on-site that focus on a farm-to-table experience with local Virginia products.
If you are interested in pick-your-own farms, there are several options with a variety of produce.
|Bush Neck||Apples, blueberries, corn, peaches, pumpkins||757-258-0114|
|MillFarm||Christmas trees (in season), berries in summer||757-566-2035|
|Pumpkinville||Pumpkins (in season)||757-869-9751|
|Sweethaven Lavender Farm
||Lavender (in season)
Agricultural classes (such as beekeeping, candle making, etc.) are available at Jamestown Feed and Seed and Tasha's Own.
In addition to pick-your-own farms, James City County has numerous equine operations that host events and have lessons or trail rides available.
There are also a variety of farmer’s markets and fresh produce pick-up locations available:
- Fox Wire Farm Boutique: Eggs and produce
- KelRae Farms: Produce
- Toano Farmers Market: Open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon
Farm tours are also offered at Fox Wire Farm Alpacas. Tours must be scheduled in advance. There are more than 100 alpacas at this 200-acre farm so bring your children and give them an experience they won’t forget.