Everything You Need to Know About Richard’s Fruit Market

During your visit to the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll be sure to find dozens of unique attractions that you can’t find anywhere else. One such place is Richard’s Fruit Market located in Middletown, VA. As the oldest “country class” open-air farmers market, this seasonal attraction is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Here is what you can expect from Richard’s Fruit Market and the best times of the year to visit.

Richard’s Fruit Market is just one of the many places you’ll want to experience during your escape to the Shenandoah Valley. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide for a full list of our area’s top activities and attractions including local hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and more.

More About Richard’s Fruit Market

Conveniently located on Richard’s fifth-generation family farm, this Middletown, VA farmers market is an absolute must during your summer/fall getaway. Since 1953, Richard’s Fruit Market has provided visitors from all over the nation the chance to find only the freshest local fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers and more. The best part? Everything comes straight from Richard’s very own farm!

The market has grown so much over the past few years, it has been featured on newscast channels such as Good Morning America and WHAG-TV. Since it is a seasonal market, you can visit anytime between June and late fall.


Richard’s Fruit Market is known for more than just its farm-fresh products. It’s also the site of a couple of the area’s most popular festivals! Here are the events you can look forward to celebrating this year.

  • Peach Festival (August): This summer festival is perfect for families and anyone who loves peaches! Stop by for kids games and activities, live music, and peach flavored creations like ice cream, milkshakes, pies, or sparkling cider.
  • Apple Festival (October): The apple harvest means it’s time to celebrate at Richard’s Fruit Market! Visitors and locals alike are welcome to join in the apple-themed festivities surrounded by the beautiful autumn scenery.

More Places to Explore Nearby

After your shopping excursion at Richard’s Fruit Market, there’s more in the Middletown area to see. Here are a few nearby places that you won’t want to miss.

Why Not Antiques

Specializing in quality glass, Why Not Antiques is the perfect spot to find unique souvenirs and gifts for your friends and family at home. Plus, it’s the only antique gift shop in the Shenandoah Valley that provides fancy gift boxes, wrapping, and Victorian style greeting cards.

Nana’s Irish Pub

Many Irish settlers chose to stay in the Shenandoah Valley after immigrating to America. Here, you’ll be able to taste the flavors and experience the sounds of home they brought with them. Indulge in delicious Irish pub fare and craft beer.

Come “Home” to the Inn at Vaucluse Spring

If you’re looking to experience the Shenandoah Valley, you should stay in the best accommodations possible. The Inn at Vaucluse Spring offers some of the best lodging in the area! Choose from spacious rooms and private cabins; with so many options, you are sure to find one you will love. After visiting Richard’s Fruit Market, bring your fresh fruits and snacks back to our cozy bed and breakfast. Set up a picnic next to the limestone spring among our breathtaking gardens as you sip on a glass or two with your sweetheart! A Virginia getaway is all about making memories, and The Inn at Vaucluse Spring can help you do just that.

Book your next getaway with us today! We look forward to seeing you soon.