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Best Places to Pick Summer Fruit in the D.C. Area

July 18, 2014 8:00 AM

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Locally grown fruits and vegetables are sold at the Herndon, Virginia, Farmer's Market.

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There’s nothing like enjoying fruit fresh from the vine when it’s at its peak of juicy, sweet goodness and hasn’t had to endure days of travel to reach a supermarket shelf. If you’ve ever been curious about picking your own fruit, wonder no more. These great D.C.-area farms are ideal places to begin your fruit-picking adventure.

Larriland Farm
2415 Woodbine Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
(410) 442-2605
www.pickyourown.com

This pick-your-own fruits and vegetables farm and farm market is a family-owned operation that began in 1973. Larriland Farm boasts a wide variety of produce including 16 acres of peaches, 16 acres of apples, 10 acres of strawberries, acres of cherries, red and black raspberries, blueberries, more than an acre of blackberries and over 15 acres of vegetables like broccoli, spinach, beets, tomatoes and even pumpkins. The farm provides picking containers for adult patrons, and its website offers tips on how to pick, store and freeze all types of fruits.

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Westmoreland Berry Farm
1235 Berry Farm Lane
Oak Grove, VA 22443
(804) 224-9171
www.westmorelandberryfarm.com

Westmoreland Berry Farm is a pick-your-own-fruit farm that’s been around for more than 30 years. Along with its berry fields, there are other family-oriented activities such as a goat walk and a petting zoo. There is also a Country Store and Cafe where visitors can shop from an assortment of the farm’s homemade goods. The farm grows strawberries, blackberries, red raspberries and blueberries on a pick-your-own and a ready-picked basis. It also offers ready-picked peaches and apples. Although Westmoreland isn’t an organic farm, it practices an environmentally safe approach to pest management that targets only specifically observed pests. This helps to minimize effects on the environment.

Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
(301) 972-3299
www.butlersorchard.com

This 300-acre farm grows more than 25 varieties of fruits, veggies, flowers and trees. You can pick your own strawberries, tart cherries, blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries, apples and even pumpkins, potatoes and sugar snap and English peas. Visitors can even cut their own White Pine or Douglas Fir Christmas Tree during the holidays. But Butler’s offers more than fruit and tree picking. Throughout the year, the farm hosts other activities like hayrides, bonfires and strawberry blossom tours. During the month of October, visitors can even enjoy “Pumpkinland”one of the farm’s biggest attractions—where fairy tale characters are carved and built out of pumpkins and visitors can enjoy pony rides, a straw maze, giant slides and tasty foods. The orchard also runs a Farmer Market where visitors can purchase things like preserves, honey, cider, gourmet condiments and seasonal decorative items.

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Baugher’s
1015 Baugher Road
Westminster, MD 21158
(410) 857-0111
www.baughers.com

Armed with containers provided by the farm, fruit-picking customers are transported by tractor-driven wagons to Baugher’s many fields of strawberries, cherries, peas, nectarines, plums, peaches, apples and pumpkins. If you’re a little unsure about how to pick, handy field helpers can help show you the ropes. The farm experience is enhanced with a Farm Market that sells all kinds of tasty goods including pies, pastries, ice cream, homemade fudge, fruits, vegetables and other items. Baugher’s also has a petting zoo complete with lambs, goats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, rabbits, turkeys and even peacocks, alpacas and llamas. In most cases, visitors can walk right into the pastures to pet the animals. The zoo is equipped with a playground and gazebo that make it a relaxing experience that will appeal to everyone in the family.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..

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