There’s hardly anything more satisfying than laying your eyes on a field full of strawberries ripe for picking…especially if you’re a kid. Luckily for your entire berry-loving crew, there are dozens of farms and fields across the DMV where the strawberry picking party can commence. For nearly 5 straight weeks, these pick-your-own farms will be teeming with ripe fruit you and your littles can pick straight off the vine. We’ve listed 10 of the best strawberry farms below, many of which boast bonus features—from socially-distant picnic spots to stocked farmers markets and even wagon rides and catch-and-release fishing holes!
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.
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! Strawberry fields are expected to open late May.
1015 Baugher Rd.
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.
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.
Strawberry season at Larriland will likely begin in early June, 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). Check out their website for a great collection of kid-friendly recipes using all of their produce! Note: It is advised to call this farm before you go to make sure there is still fruit to pick (it goes fast!).
2415 Woodbine Rd.
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. This year's strawberry picking will start in late May.
1608 Russell Rd.
This four-generation family farm is a short drive from the Beltway, in beautiful and picturesque, Delaplane, VA. They open in late May for strawberry picking and also offer a wide variety of other spring/summer PYO veggies and fruits from raspberries to Japanese plums and Asian pears.
1436 Snowden Rd.
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.
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.
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.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Guiomar Ochoa and Katie Brown