Virginia Agriculture at its Best
Tucked back in the scenic heartland of rural Dinwiddie County is a quaint, old-style berry farm: Adams Acres. At this “pick-your-own” farm market, visitors are invited to go out in the fields and pick produce to their heart’s content. Pickers are given plastic buckets, which they fill with fruit and then bring back to the stand, where the produce is packaged and the customer is sent away with several helpful recipes and a bright smile. Even if the customer would prefer not to pick the fruit themselves, they can come to the market stand, select their produce, and have it picked for them.
Eugene Adams began this berry farm in the mid-1980's as a way of diversifying his tobacco and peanut farm, but over the years the strawberry fields and blueberry orchards have come to be a booming business in themselves. Adams started with only three acres of strawberries, but today he and his son Todd - now the manager of their thriving business - have eight, as well as orchards for their blueberries and separate fields for their many other crops. However, they’re “always looking to expand”, the younger Adams says.
While Adams Acres is best known for its succulent strawberries, they grow many diverse crops throughout most of the year. Their broccoli, cabbage, collards, and kale are grown in the early spring to fall, while their sweet corn, sweet potatoes, blackberries, cucumbers, and watermelons (to name a few) are all grown in the summer. This multiplicity of fruits and vegetables ensures that, year round, the Adams’ fields can be seen brimming with visitors, from neighbors who have been coming to Adams Acres for years on end to tourists enjoying fresh, locally-grown produce and getting a taste of down-home Virginia farm living.