Few activities usher in fall like apple picking. Whether you’re making hot cider, baking a pie, or simply want to enjoy the cooler weather, these 10 apple picking spots will give you a fun afternoon out on the farm and a delicious take-away to bring home.
Weber’s Farm in Parkville, Maryland, offers u-pick options for many different crops, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, and apples. The approximate harvest time for apples is September through early November, although Weber is careful not to give exact dates, as it is subject to change depending on the harvest season-to-season. Make sure to bring cash and check their Facebook page for details regarding times and dates.
Garden Hour Orchards in Smithsburg, Maryland, harvests apples, peaches, corn, strawberries, and raspberries, among others. They have a wide range of apple varieties, including Gala, Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Pink Lady. U-picking begins mid-September. It is suggested that you call for availability and times.
The White Marsh Orchard in Centreville, Maryland, has over 50 fruit tree varieties available for u-picking. Fruit options include peaches, plums, pears, apples, nectarines and blackberries. During the Christmas season, don’t forget to stop by to select-and-cut your next Christmas tree.
Milburn Orchards in Elkton, Maryland, has u-pick for apples, blackberry’s, raspberry’s, and grapes every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Apples go on the u-pick market starting Labor Day weekend with Royal Gala Apples. While you’re there, pick up a few apple cider donuts, too.
Blades Orchard in Federalsburg, Maryland, has u-pick starting on September 16. Stop by every weekend from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. until October 31 to pick apples and pumpkins.
Lewis Orchards in Dickerson, Maryland, has been in existence in one form or another since 1888. Stop by Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to pick up fresh-made pies. Starting in September, Lewis Orchards will once again offer pick-your-own apples through the fall season.
Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland, has been in the same family for 65 years. For $3, you can come visit the farm and have full access to the Pick Your Own Fields, Farm Park Picnic area, the Natural Trail and Giant Slides. Gala Apples and Early Fuji are available at the time of writing, with more apple varieties coming later in the fall.
Larriland Farm in Woodbine, Maryland, is open to the public during growing season (May through November). They recommend calling ahead of time instead of simply driving up, to ensure there is enough ripe fruit left to pick. Their website is updated daily with information regarding which fruits are available for u-pick, so make sure to check in regularly.
Shaw Orchards, close to the Mason-Dixon line, has been in the family since 1841, producing and selling fruits since 1909. U-pick options include strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, cherries, blueberries, and apples. Check the website regularly, as it is updated every week with the latest information regarding what’s available.
Homestead Farm in Poolesville, Maryland, offers u-pick apples at a fair price per pound. Varieties include Crimson Crisp and Fuji. Strawberries and other produce are available seasonally for u-pick, whereas pre-picked options include apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, eggplant, peppers, green beans, watermelon, and squash.