Henleys Home Farm
This week end at the farm, 3484 Charity Neck Road: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch. There is no charge for the hayride. Pumpkins are 59 cents a pound. Other fall ornamentals are also available for purchase. Fall vegetables are available for picking your own: Kale, Hanover, Mustard and Turnip Greens. Beets are also ready. Coming soon: collards, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans. Local Honey is still available, as well as local jams, peanuts, and herb blends.
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday - Sunday
3484 Charity Neck Road in Virginia Beach
base of operation for Henley Farm is the home farm which has been in
the Henley family since 1933. Grandy and Bernice Henley purchased the
original farm acreage and raised a wide assortment of crops and
livestock, very much like the other Princess Anne farmers of the era.
The first tractor purchased for the farm was bought in 1940, the same
year that their son, Grandy Winston (Winky), was born. That Oliver
tractor is still on the farm today and serves as a reminder of all that
has transpired on the farm over the years. Though much has changed in
farming practices, what has not changed is the commitment to the land
and the care to assure that the best attention is given to maintaining
it for future generations. Several contiguous parcels have been
purchased over the years to expand the farm’s production capabilities.
When you come to Henley Farm, you, too, get to enjoy and appreciate the
land which produces year after year the great fruits and vegetables that
taste so good.
The old barn from 1835 with good ole Oliver and the International.
The farmhouse on the home farm property was built
in the 1880s by Theodore and Elizabeth Williams. The Henleys purchased
the farm from the Williams estate. The old barn at the farm predated
the Williams purchase. The date 1835 is etched in the foundation
bricks, so clearly there was a substantial homestead on the farm at that
time. We are not sure when the original fig bush and concord grapevine
were first planted, but they were typical of the fruits that would have
been on a Princess Anne County farmstead. The pecan and walnut trees
in the farmyard were seedlings when they were set out by Winky and
Barbara soon after their marriage in 1961.
An adjoining farm
which was purchased to expand the Henley Farm, the original Jesse Smith
farm, boasts the City Champion Chestnut tree. The girth indicates that
it has been on the property for a very long time. The Henleys greatly
appreciate the wonderful history of the area and take great pains to be
good stewards of the land for all of those who will follow.
that vein, the Henley Farm family loves to share their farm with others.
They have developed the pick-your-own operation as a means of offering
other families the opportunity to enjoy not only the good food that the
farm produces, but the experience of being on a working farm and sharing
in the harvest of its products. Check our crop calendar to get a
general idea of when your favorites are ripening.