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5 Places to Pick Your Own Produce this Fall

The Chesapeake Bay region is full of great activities for fall and one of the best outdoor activities is picking your own fruits and veggies! Many people believe the summer months are the best time to pick fresh fruits and vegetables; however, September through November there is still plenty of great produce available.

Fresh fruits available in September and October include: apples, pears, red raspberries, and in some cases watermelons; veggies include: beans, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, pumpkins, salad greens, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, and tomatoes!

There are more than 12,800 farms in the state of Maryland and of those 12,800 farms, 122 of them let you pick your own produce at some point during the year, which is great news, since a recent survey indicated 77% of Marylanders are more likely to buy local produce. Buying locally and sustainably grown produce is important for water quality because when you buy from local farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, you are supporting preservation of open space, greater soil and water conservation practices, protection of farm land from urban and suburban development, and less pollution from dirt and fertilizer runoff. I hope this list helps you get out and pick some produce this fall! And remember, the below five locations are just a few of the amazing Pick Your Own farms in Maryland. To find a great farm that is close to you please check out one of the following websites:

Maryland's Best
Southern Maryland So Good
Maryland Direct Farm Market Association

1. Baltimore County’s Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm – This is a certified organic farm that grows blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black). Address: 13734 Baldwin Mill Road, Baldwin, MD 21013. Phone: 443-902-0370.

2. Charles County’s Middleton's Cedar Hill Farm – This is another great farm that uses natural growing practices from pumpkins to Turkeys (which are organic and not-hormone-fed). Address: 5190 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Phone: 301-399-9812. Email: middletonfarm@comcast.net.

3. Howard County’s Larriland Farm - This farm grows apples, strawberries, blackberries, black and red raspberries, peaches, sour cherries, blueberries, and vegetables. Address: 2415 Woodbine Road (Route 94), Lisbon, MD 21797. Phone: 301-854-6110. Email: contactus@pickyourown.com. October activities include a straw maze, hot dogs & hamburgers & hayrides.

4. Prince George’s County’s C & E Farms, L.L.C. – All farm products here are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals. The farm grows beans, beets, blackberries, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, melons, onions, pears, peas, peppers, persimmons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, walnuts, pumpkins, and provides tractor-pulled hay rides in fall. Address: 11415 Old Pond Drive, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. Phone: 301-352-2958. Email: emmadudley0906@yahoo.com.

5. St. Mary’s County’s Berrywood Farm- Uses natural growing practices to grow blackberries, blueberries, and shiitake mushrooms! Address: 43865 Thompson Farm Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636. Phone: 310-373-8545. Email: mikeandbarbara.thompson@verizon.net.

Each of these farms has their own list of produce available for picking and many of these farms are cash only operations, so come prepared. For details on hours of operation and procedures for picking your own fruit for each of the above farms please visit their respective websites.