Pick-Your-Own Produce at Hollin Farms

First, a couple of random tidbits from yesterday…

- I didn’t recognize Lady Gaga on Ellen {it was a rerun from 2013, I think?}.  She looked beautiful in a pink dress with her hair down, although her shoes were over the top.  Two things I learned: (1) her costumes are her way of coping and (2) she still hasn’t bought a house…  Because that would make her feel like a grown-up and she’s not ready to be a grown-up yet.

YES.  Exactly.  That’s how I feel too, Lady.  Except I’m having a baby in 4 months…

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- I love companies with great customer service.  Sunday night we ordered pizzas from Dominos and I was bummed that they messed up my order.  I ordered a veggie pizzas and requested the addition of bell peppers and jalapenos, but they must have read it as ONLY bell peppers and jalapenos because that’s all that was on it.  Imagine: dough, pizza sauce, a few bell pepper strips, and boat-loads of jalapenos.  After a quick tweet to the company, someone responded and the store owner called yesterday to apologize and graciously offered to make it up to me.  Thank you!

- Going to the movies by myself is one of my favorite ways to spend some “me time.”  Not only are movies cheaper in the morning/middle of the day, but the theaters are nearly empty so it’s like you’re at a private screening.  Yesterday afternoon I saw Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Adam Levine.  I wasn’t expecting much going into it, but it was surprisingly good.

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On Saturday afternoon, Ryan and I drove west to a little town called Delaplane to a pick-your-own produce farm called Hollin Farms.  For the past two years, we’ve enjoyed picking apples in the fall so we thought we’d try picking some other produce.

Why You Should Pick-Your-Own Produce

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From the Hollin Farms website:

Hollin Farms is a four-generation family farm next to Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, Northern Virginia, about 45 minutes from the Washington, DC Beltway.  We specialize in grass-fed natural Angus beef, hay for horses, and a variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons.  Hollin Farms was started by the late Robert C. Davenport in the early 1950s.  The farm is named after Hollin Hills, an award-winning community of modern houses that he developed in Fairfax County in the 1950s and 60s.

When we arrived at the farm we were greeted by a few employees wearing bright yellow aprons and wide brimmed hats.  They informed us of what fruits and veggies were ripe for picking, pointed out where the different crops were located, and then let us free to roam the fields on our own.

We spent about an hour exploring and gathering – Japanese plums, sweet corn, peaches, cucumbers {only saw tiny ones}, peppers {couldn’t find any}, berries {weren’t ripe}, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, and green beans.

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For just $20 we got all of the produce above {plus an ice cream for the road}.  All of the cherry tomatoes and plums {SO juicy!} have been eaten, half of the corn is gone, and the peaches are just beginning to ripen.

If you’re interested in finding a pick-your-own farm near you, this website is awesome –> PickYourOwn.org.  It provides a list of pick-your-own farms in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and more.

Question:  Have a delicious recipe for pie?  Leave a link!  We’re hoping to go back to the farm at least once this summer and I’d love to bake a fresh fruit pie – not much beats a slice of pie with vanilla ice cream on a hot summer night!

Question:  Do you ever go to movies by yourself?

— Allison

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  1. I went to the movies alone a few weeks ago to see the fault in our stars. It was the first time I ever did that and I loved it although it wasn’t as monumental as I had hoped. I reallyyyyy want to see begin again!

  2. Ok totally thought that was Angela Jolie on Ellen for a few seconds before I read the description haha (looking at this on my phone makes the pics tiny :P ). I love going to movies by myself, too, and I really want to see that, so I’ll have to hit that up some time next week! You guys have awesome places to pick fruit and veggies down there. We always go berry picking when we visit my brother in Baltimore :)

    • Right? She doesn’t look anything like the pictures I always see in the tabloids. “Begin Again” was definitely worth seeing… “Tammy” on the other hand is definitely worth skipping.

  3. Lady Gaga looks gorgeous! Hard to recognize her since she’s always in so many different costumes.
    The pick-your-own produce looks like fun! :)

  4. That’s awesome! We don’t have anything like that around here!

    • Take a look at the website I provided above, I was surprised by how many farms were so close to us… Maybe you’ll be surprised too!

  5. I’ve been to a few by myself and I was surprised at how much I liked it! I kind of love getting there 20 minutes early for the previews :) So happy you’re back to blogging!! xx

    • It drives Ryan bonkers, but I prefer getting to the theater just as the movie is about to start… I can see previews on TV, I don’t need to see them before the movie. Sitting for 2+ hours is long enough :P

  6. Picking your own produce is so rewarding and it always tastes 10x better! I miss the garden my family used to have when I was younger! So much fun :)

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