Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, there may be last minute closures due to Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead or check a farm’s website before you pack your kids  (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe!

There’s hardly anything more satisfying than laying your eyes on a field full of strawberries (or any produce) ripe for picking…especially if you’re a kid. Luckily for your entire fruit/veggie-loving crew, there are dozens of farms and fields across the DMV where the strawberry picking party can commence. We’ve listed 17 of the best PYO (pick-your-own) farms below, many of which boast bonus features—from socially-distant picnic spots to stocked farmers markets and maybe a CSA box or two.

photo: Ben Garrison via flickr

MARYLAND

Butler’s Orchard
Butler’s is one of the most popular farms in the DMV. Located right off I-270 in Germantown, MD. Their pick-your-own summer options include strawberries, sugar snap peas, English peas, black raspberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, blackberries, potatoes, and red raspberries They also have a big farmers market where they sell their own baked goods, honey, syrups, decorations and kitchen accessories. Reservations are required. 

22200 Davis Mill Rd.
Gemantown, MD
301-428-0444
Online: https://www.butlersorchard.com/

Milburn Orchards
Cherries, blueberries, raspberries…oh my! This fam-favorite hosts “U-Pick Adventures” starting mid-June. They have Harvest Parties planned all summer and even a few Pancake Breakfasts. Make sure to check their website for all the latest information on these and other events. Note: Milburn Orchard is strictly following MD executive orders and CDC guidelines for a safe, farm experience. 

1495 Appleton Rd.
Elkton, MD
800-684–3000
Online: milburnorchards.com

Catocin Mountain Orchard
Best known for its apple picking, in recent years, Catocin has also added PYO summer fruits! Starting in mid-June, they offer PYO black raspberries, dark sweet cherries and blueberries that last through August. You’ll likely smell this charming orchard before you see it. Catocin whips up fresh apple cider, pies, and jam in it’s on site kitchen and bakery, even in summer! Masks are required when shopping in the Market. 

15036 N. Franklinville Rd.
Thurmont, MD
301-271-2737
Online: catoctinmountainorchard.com

Baugher’s
Baugher’s Orchard has been a family owned, working fruit and vegetable farm since 1904. It started out as a 60 acre piece of land and has expanded to become a 600 acre operation, and one of the largest orchards in MD. Enjoy a wagon ride from the market to berries where you’ll find field workers that will help guide you on your berry picking journey! Be sure to call the farm’s COVID-19 hotline for the current picking conditions: 410-857-0111. 

1015 Baugher Rd.
Westminster, MD
410-857-0111
Online: baughers.com

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Godfrey’s Farm
Located in Queen Anne’s County on the eastern shore of MD, Godfrey’s Farm is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge. They are open every day from mid-April through Labor Day, growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Head out to the family farm for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest strawberries, tart cherries, peaches, and blueberries! The farm also has a beautiful field of PYO flowers for hand-picked bouquets!

302 Leager Rd.
Sudlersville, MD
410-438-3509
Online: godfreysfarm.com

Swann Farms
Just 35 miles from DC, this wholesale fruit and vegetable farm is just a hop, skip, and jump from the city. Make sure you pack a picnic for those hungry tummies! You can enjoy your home-packed meal under a shaded grove of trees while your kiddos run around.

7740 Swan Ln.
Owings, MD
443-770-3510
Online: swannfarms.com

Homestead Farm
Fruit picking is only the beginning at low-key Homestead Farm. Kids will love ogling the goats, chickens, pigs, and sheep, and they can either ride a tractor out to the fields or enjoy a stroll (unless you’re feeling generous and want to push them in one of the wheelbarrows). The small market sells fresh, local honey, jam, and other treats.

15604 Sugarland Rd.
Poolesville, MD
301-977-3761
Online: homestead-farm.net

Larriland
Strawberry season at Larriland will likely begin in late May, when you can also plan to pick kale, chard, turnips, spinach, and radishes (if you can find a way to get your kids to eat these that does NOT involve cheese, please share your genius). Adults are given a picking container, but children must either share with a parent or bring their own container. To grow the safest and most delicious produce possible, Larriland employs Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which only uses pesticides as a very last resort. Check out their website for a great collection of kid-friendly recipes using all of their produce!

2415 Woodbine Rd.
Woodbine, MD
301-854-6110
Online: pickyourown.com

VIRGINIA

Mackintosh Fruit Farm
Located in beautiful Berryville (hint, hint!), Mackintosh, Mackintosh Fruit Farm is a family-owned PYO farm nestled in the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley in Clarke County, VA. Their produce is first-rate, and the pick-your-own crops are well known as some of the best throughout the area. Their assortment of fruit selections allows their PYO customers early, mid, and late-season varieties. Peach picking starts in early July and various varieties will pop up through early Sept. They have over twenty varieties of peaches! By peak season (mid-Aug.), they will also have berries, peaches and more. Enjoy a picnic with the whole family and get a great tour of the farm by taking a walk on the new hiking trail that weaves through the woods and fields.

1608 Russell Rd.
Berryville, VA
540-955-6225
Online: mackintoshfruitfarm.com

Hollin Farms
This four-generation family farm is a short drive from the Beltway, in beautiful and picturesque, Delaplane, VA. They offer a wide variety of spring/summer PYO veggies and fruits from strawberries and raspberries to Japanese plums and Asian pears.

1436 Snowden Rd.
Delaplane,VA
540-623-8854
Online: hollinfarms.com

photo: Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Wegmeyer Farms 
If you’re looking for an authentic picking experience, not to mention, fresh, juicy, strawberries, hit up  Wegmeyer Farms in Northern Virginia.  You’ll get an intimate experience, in a historic venue, with picturesque views.  Need a little help in the field? They also offer pre-picked berries. And don’t leave without picking up a jar of Wegmeyer Farms strawberry preserves that do something special to toast, crackers or yogurt.

38299 Hughesville Rd.
Hamilton, VA
540-751-1782
Online: wegmeyerfarms.com

Hartland Orchard
Nestled in the scenic hill country near Skyline Drive, even the journey to this farm is a quaint one. Make the drive to this family-run farm to pick your own strawberries; by mid- to late-June, cherry and blueberry season will have begun, with peach season soon to follow. Families rave about the orchard and farm’s produce quality, fair pricing, and attentive customer service. Naked Mountain Winery and Vineyards is nearby, as is Chateau Obrien at North Point (but put this winery on your “for later” list, as no kids are allowed). One more thing: This spot accepts cash and checks only.

3064 Hartland Ln.
Markham, VA
540-364-2316
Online: hartlandorchard.com

Messick’s Farm Market
Grab a bucket and picket strawberries and blueberries at Messick’s Farm.  Insider’s Tip: Produce isn’t the only food available at this farm market. You can order a fresh batch of oysters! Curbside pick up is still available for those not wanting to venture indoors just yet.

6025 Catlett Rd.
Bealeton, VA
540-439-8900
Online: messicksfarmmarket.com

photo: theloushe via flickr

 

 

Great Country Farms
With wagon ride farm tours, u-pick orchards, catch and release fishing, a barn yard, mazes, play area, and a giant jumping pillow, good luck leaving before closing time. Don’t forget to grab a box of fresh cider donuts when you are there. Yum.

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.
Bluemont, VA
540-554-2073
Online: greatcountryfarms.com

Photo: Kate Loweth

Crooked Run Orchard
You won’t find strawberries at this produce-only farm, but there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables for picking (e.g., blackberries, plums, gooseberries, and sweet and sour cherries).

37883 East Main St.
Purcellville, VA
540-338-6642
Online: crookedrunorchard.com

Larriland
Strawberry season at Larriland will likely begin in late May, when you can also plan to pick kale, chard, turnips, spinach, and radishes (if you can find a way to get your kids to eat these that does NOT involve cheese, please share your genius). Adults are given a picking container, but children must either share with a parent or bring their own container. To grow the safest and most delicious produce possible, Larriland employs Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which only uses pesticides as a very last resort. Check out their website for a great collection of kid-friendly recipes using all of their produce!

2415 Woodbine Rd.
Woodbine, MD
301-854-6110
Online: pickyourown.com

Westmoreland Berry Farm
Located on the banks of the Rappahannock River, visit this farm and market to pick berries and purchase fresh produce, homemade jams, and locally-made gifts. Hopefully, the overhead goat walk won’t give your tiny furniture-climbers any ideas. Distract them with the farm’s play area and hayrides—and save room for a delicious pulled pork BBQ sandwich and fruit sundae. Voorhees Nature Preserve adjoins the farm, so be sure to check out its beautiful hiking trails and scenic overlooks. Also nearby are Ingleside Plantation Winery, Monroe Bay Winery, and George Washington’s birthplace.

1235 Berry Farm Ln.
Oak Grove, VA
804-224-9171
Online: westmorelandberryfarm.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Guiomar Ochoa and Katie Brown

featured photo: u11116 via Pixabay

 

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