I will never forget my first trip to Levering Orchard in Fancy Gap, Virginia. I was amazed by the height of the fruit laden cherry trees! The cherries were so plentiful that year that it was like picking grapes. We picked buckets and ate our fill along the way. With sticky cherry stained hands we brought our cherries to be weighed. Then home to pit them and freeze them. I think I made 20 cherry tarts that year . . .
I was thrilled to photograph my first story for Virginia Living magazine at Levering Orchard! I pitched the story to then Art Director Tyler Darden and then produced & styled it with help from my amazing assistant Maria. It was one of the longest days of shooting I have ever had and I loved every moment of it.
Levering Orchard has been in the family for over a 100 years and is now run by farmer, author Frank Levering. I am so happy they continue to farm in a time that has made it very difficult for family farms. If you have a hankering for cherries, peaches or apples just head up to Fancy Gap and pick some at Levering Orchard! You’ll be glad you did. . .
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