We're right in the middle of apple season, so head out to the country and pick a bushel or two! Here are a some of the best orchards to get your Maryland apple fix.
There's nothing better than a fall family outing to pick some tree-ripened apples. Head to one of these Maryland orchards to make some "u-pick" memories of your own.
Rock Hill Orchard and Woodbourne Creamery
ADDRESS: 28600 Ridge Road | Mount Airy, MD
PHONE: (301) 831-7427
Rock Hill Orchard is a great Maryland u-pick spot that also has its own dairy. You know what that means—HANDMADE ice cream! You can really taste the care put into their artisanal flavors, so treat yourself after working hard in the orchards.
The location is a little puzzling the first time you go. It seems much too suburban, but it's really there! Look for the little farmstand on the road and check in; they'll tell you where to go to pick what's ripe. Many of the tree fruits are in the back of the property so you can drive all the way back instead of hiking up on foot. Just look for a tent or staff members to tell you which rows to pick.
Courtesy of Rock Hill Orchard on Facebook
ADDRESS: 1495 Appleton RD | Elkton, MD
PHONE: (410) 398-1349
Pay for what you pick during Milburn's U-pick Apple Adventure weekends. The fruit is $2.39 per pound, with a $5 minimum per person. Tractors will take you out for the best picking, and the farm stand has amazing apple cider doughnuts.
Courtesy of Milburn Orchards on Facebook
ADDRESS: 1015 Baugher Road | Westminster, MD
PHONE: (410) 857-0111
This u-pick farm is loads of fun—you get to ride a wagon out to the fields ($2 per person), and containers are provided. In addition to the farm market, there are playgrounds and a picnic area where you can enjoy an impromptu picnic. Don't forget to see the petting zoo! Call before you head out and check what's ripe that day. New this week, the farm stand has fresh apple cider! Yum!
Courtesy of Baugher's Orchard
ADDRESS: 15604 Sugarland Road | Poolesville, MD
PHONE: (301) 977-3761
Visit this farm's website to keep track of what is ripe and when. They charge a $2 entry fee, but it gives you access to the orchard, the farm animals, and a picnic area. Sounds like a great way to spend a day in the country!
Courtesy of Homestead Farm
Know Before You Go
- Many of these u-pick orchards have a wide range of apple varieties that ripen during different months. If you're looking for a particular kind, call ahead.
- Some of the best apples are high up on the trees. Grab an apple picker (looks like a broom handle with a basket at one end) at the orchard before you venture too far away from the entrance.
- People tend to drop blemished or bruised apples at the base of the tree. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots because things will get messy.
- As tempting as it is, don't eat the apples straight off the tree. You'll want to give them a thorough washing first to get off any pesticides.
- There are eating apples and baking apples—make sure you know what you're going to do with them before you start picking!
Do you go apple-picking every year? Where are your favorite u-pick Maryland orchards? Let us know in the comments!