After monitoring the situation closely via email, web site, and phone recordings, we ventured out to Cherries on Top in Flint Hill VA this morning.
All in all, a trip worth taking. We had the place almost to ourselves and finished up with 16 pounds of cherries -- mostly Ranier. (I know, life is rough.)
There should be plenty of cherries still there on Saturday, so if you're on the fence about whether to go or not, go Saturday. The weather should be perfect.
After cherry picking we drove over to Flint Hill Public House for lunch.
Lunch was excellent! Mrs. W. got fried shrimp and fries, which came with a nice side salad. Eight very big shrimp for $10.
I got the top sirloin & stilton salad ($9.25). This included about a half-pound of perfectly grilled (medium-rare as requested) WAGYU beef from Rappahannock County's own Sunnyside Farms. Again, like buttah.
We were hoping to find a dessert made with cherries, as we had heard that the chef had picked about 50 pounds the previous day, but had to settle for creme brulee and my choice, lemon-blueberry bread pudding.
Yes, life is rough.
N.B. the dinner menu looks outstanding and very fairly priced too.
Next stop, the wonderful town of Washington Va, a few miles down the road from Flint Hill. We visited the Sunnyside Farms store (the actual farm is a few miles away), which has a great collection of Sunnyside Farms meat and produce, Virginia wines, etc. As we were ogling the steaks one of the ladies told us that every Friday starting at 4 PM they serve barbecued ribs made from from those same Wagyu beef. As we were getting ready to leave the store a guy came in with the first batch of ribs -- the aroma wafted to us and it was all over. We got a large rack ($12 to take home). Imagine, barbecued Wagyu beef ribs. We ate them as soon as we got home and of course they were perfectly tender.
But first, a couple more stops. We continued down US 522 south of Little Washington to Sunset Hills Farm, known for "dilly beans" (hot pickled string beans), brandied peaches, and other delectables. This place also has a three-room B&B, fresh peaches and other fruit in season, bluebird houses, spectacular views, and more.
The prices are high. We got a jar of dilly beans (16 oz) for $12.95 and a small peach syrup ($5.95). But, it's obvious that they pour their profits back into the farm. Anyone who's been near a farm can immediately tell that this is the best-kept farm you've ever seen. So, the few extra bucks didn't hurt.
Then we headed back towards home, hoping to stop at the renowned Rucker Farm (purveyor of goat cheese to Inn at Little Washington, Flint Hill Public House, and no doubt other fine eateries). Oh no, the gate is closed. We called the farm and found they are closed this weekend.
Oh well, no chowhounding trip goes perfectly and this gives us another reason to go back to wonderful Rappahannock County.