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Best Apple Picking Near Washington DC

September 27, 2013 8:00 AM

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Apple picking is a fantastic way to save some money on the family fruit you love. With apples priced by the bushels and the fruit’s ability to keep fresh for a month, it’s worth it to head to the source this fall and grab your favorite variety. Apple picking is a fun activity for the whole family and a great excuse to get out of the city for a day. Last year, we shared the Best Places To Go Apple Picking in DC This Fall, so here are five more places to visit.

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Hollin Farm
1436 Snowden Road
Delaplane, VA 20144
(540) 592-3574
www.hollinfarms.com

Located in Northern Virginia, Hollin Farm is a beautiful pick-your-own orchard and farm. It uses integrated pest management to control bugs, which means your fruits will not be sprayed with routine pesticides. Besides apples, Hollin offers pears, a 10-acre pumpkin patch, pick-your-own fall vegetables and peanuts and potatoes that you can dig up with the shovels provided. Hollin Farm is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs on leashes are welcome, so feel free to bring your pet.

Marker Miller Orchards
3035 Cedar Creek Grade
Winchester, VA 22602
(540) 662-1980
www.markermillerorchards.com

Marker Miller Orchards offers more than a dozen varieties of pick-your-own apples. From the classic, familiar Red or Golden Delicious and Granny Smith to the sweet favorites like Fuji, Pink Lady and Honeycrisp, you’ll be sure to find one of your favorites and something new from late August through November. The orchard also offers a market and bakery on site to stock your pantry with jams, jellies and cider. In the bakery, you’ll find plenty of baked apple goods, but be sure to try the popular apple cider donuts. Marker Miller uses integrated pest management, so you know your apples will not be sprayed with pesticides. Open daily June through October, be sure to check the website for hours.

Milburn Orchards
1495 Appleton Road
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 398-1349
www.milburnorchards.com

Located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Milburn is an adventure across the Bay. The pick-your-own apples start with a tractor-pulled wagon ride out to the apple orchards where you’ll find more than a dozen varieties of apples from late August through October. Stop by the farm market for a variety of baked goods including several different apple pies, apple cider and the delicious apple cider donuts. There’s even a café on site with ice cream and light snacks. Credit cards are accepted in the fields, but be sure to leave Fido at home as dogs are not permitted on this farm.

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Shaw Orchards
21901 Barrens Road S.
Stewartstown, PA 17363
(717) 382-8879
www.shaworchards.com

Located just across the Pennsylvania border, Shaw Orchards is a 104-year-old family farm that offers pick-your-own apples and local jams, jellies and canned goods. With 16 different types of apples, Shaw is a great place to head for all your snacking, baking and cooking apple needs with varieties from McIntosh to Nittany. Enjoy a fun wagon trip out to the orchards as well. Don’t forget a jug of Shaw’s fresh cider, which is great fresh or mulled for a warm fall treat. Shaw Orchards is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with pick-your-own apples on Saturdays.

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
2526 Proctor Lane
Parkville, MD 21234
(410) 668-4488
www.weberscidermillfarm.com

More than 20 varieties of apple trees offer a variety of fruits that bloom from early July through November. Weber’s offers more than just straight eating apples, it also plants those that are delicious for cooking and baking, because sometimes you want a more tart apple depending on the recipe. There are the familiar apples and less familiar varieties like Lodi, Elstar, Jonamac, Macoun, Shizuka or Cameo. From September through December, be sure to enjoy the fresh-pressed cider made from a selected blend of apples on the farm that has no sugar added. The farmers’ market offers a variety of vegetables, as well as a bakery with ice cream to enjoy.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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