Do you have a hard time getting your little one to eat their veggies? Word on the street (er, in the garden) is that kiddos are more likely to clean their plates if they have a hand in the prep. Translation: Head to one of D.C.’s nearby pick-your-own produce farms where Junior can stock up on everything from broccoli to beets, while getting a taste of farm life.

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Larriland Farms
Broccoli, beets, and spinach…OH MY! Located an hour outside of the district in Howard County, Larriland farms is a gem in Maryland with delicious fresh veggies for the family. Operated by the Moore family since 1973 they have over 15 acres of vegetables for your little one to pick from! They also have a market on site with all of the fruits and veggies that are grown on the farm.

2415 Woodbine Rd. (Woodbine, Md)
301-854-6110
Online: pickyourown.com

Butlers Orchard
A Red Tricycle fav, Butlers Orchard stocks delicious tomatoes and herbs, and even offers potato digging fun for the whole family. Butlers Orchard also has a bakery with fresh breads and PIES! Do we need to say more?!

22222 Davis Mill Rd. (Germantown, Md)
301-972-3299
Online: butlersorchard.com

Hollin Farm
A little over an hour outside of the city, Hollin Farm is another family owned farm that we just can’t get enough of. With basil, okra, and fresh herbs like parsley your little chef will be one happy camper! Hollin Farm is also next to Sky Meadows State Park which has beautiful hiking trails as well as fresh water fishing. Can you say “weekend adventure”?

1524 Snowden Rd. (Delaplane, Va)
540-592-3574
Online: hollinfarms.com

Middleton Farm
Located in Waldorf, Middleton Farm is a great place to pick delicious fall vegetables that your little one will devour! They also have a pumpkin patch and a regular bon fire!! S’mores anyone?! We’ll need dessert after all of these veggies!

Cedar Hill Pl. (Waldorf, Md)
301-399-9812
Online: middletonfarm.com

Brossman’s Farm
With a yummy roster of squash, leeks, string beans and even a homemade pico de gallo, Brossman’s farm is a great catchall for the veggies soups that populate cold weather menus. Brossman also offers garden plots where you can plant and pick your own fruits and veggies.  

14740 James Monroe Hwy. (Leesburg, Va)
703-777-4432
Online: brossmansfarm.com

Know of any other pick your own farms in the area? Tell us about your favorites in the comments below.

–Miller Jackson