Looking for a warm-weather activity that is both outdoors and delicious? Try hunting down some local berries!
Summer is prime time for picking fruit, and blueberries are up next! In June and July, visit one of these Maryland farms to get your thrills on a blueberry hill.
The best thing about blueberries is that they grow on high shrubs so its very easy to find and pick them. No crouching down like you do for strawberries!
Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm
Address: 13734 Baldwin Mill Road | Baldwin, Maryland
Phone: (443) 902-0370
From June to July, you can find big, beautiful blueberries at this certified organic farm. July and August will bring on black raspberries, blackberries, and red raspberries, so check their Facebook page for updates and call before you head out.
Courtesy of Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm
Address: 13841B Pryor Road | Thurmont, Maryland
Phone: (301) 271-2693
The picking season will start at this family farm in mid-June with sweet cherries and apricots. Blueberries, Lodi apples, and sour cherries are available around July. Bring cash – they don't take checks or credit cards.
The orchard is open on the weekends, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Address: 2415 Woodbine Road | Woodbine, Maryland
Phone: (301) 854-6110
This pick-your-own farm is open for a wide variety of crops until November. Go this summer for your blueberries, and go back in the fall for your apples! Check their Facebook page for updates, and call to check on picking conditions before you head out.
Courtesy of Larriland Farm
Address: 22222 Davis Mill Road | Germantown, Maryland
Phone: (301) 428-0444
If you go to Butler's Orchard for blueberries in late June, you can also pick black raspberries and tart cherries! This family farm started in the 1950s and prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to 300 acres of pick-your-own crops, there is a Farm Market to buy your own local produce.
Read more about their special events, including the sunset picking series, on their Facebook page.
Courtesy of Butler's Orchard
Address: 15604 Sugarland Road | Poolesville, MD
Phone: (301) 977-3761 for a recorded message
This Poolesville farm charges an admission fee of $2 per person for fruit-picking. Admission grants you access to a grassy picnic area and the pick-your-own fields and orchards. Visit their website for more information and a fruit availability calendar.
Courtesy of Homestead Farm
Wherever you go, make sure you call to get an idea of the field conditions. Most pick-your own operations are family farms and have a recorded message with real-time updates.
Pick your fill of the biggest blueberries you can find. Blueberries freeze very well and can be used months later in pancakes, quick breads, pies, and sauces. Simply rinse and dry the berries on a few layers of paper towels, and freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Store frozen berries in freezer bags, and enjoy a taste of summer whenever you want.
Do you go berry-picking every summer? These are just a handful of spots in Maryland – what are your favorite farms? Let us know in the comments!