Hey Baltimore, Pick-Your-Own!

Carrie Murphy

Recently, I was initiated into the joys of picking my own fruits and vegetables. I visited an awesome pick-your-own farm where I got strawberries and Swiss chard, still hot from the sun and dirty from the ground. It was a fun way to spend the day: out in the air, digging in the dirt. Bonus: it was actually decent exercise, too! The produce was a lot cheaper than at the grocery store, and it's awesome to be able to directly support local farms. When you have a spare Saturday, head to one of these terrific pick-your-own farms within driving distance of Baltimore. Lots of good fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer, and I promise you'll feel just a tiny bit more satisfaction when you bite into a ripe cherry you picked yourself. 

Huber's Farm in Kingsville offers a pick your own patch that's open almost all year, from early spring to late fall. Right now, you're likely to find strawberries, hot peppers, blackberries and other summer produce.

Shaw Orchards is just over the border in Pennsylvania, a quick jaunt up 83. In June, sour cherries, blueberries, zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers and black raspberries are available for picking.

Baugher's, in Westminster, has a lot to offer the would-be picker. There's a farm restaurant with over 20 varieties of pie, plus a petting zoo and playgrounds.  Baugher's has strawberries, cherries, peas, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and pumpkins available to pick.

Milburn Orchards in Elkton will let you pick their cherries, blueberries, grapes, blackberries and raspberries. They provide containers, but call ahead to see what fruits are available and in season.

Jones Farm in Edgewood only offers strawberries and pumpkins for you to pick yourself, but the farm has greenhouses where you can buy other plants, veggies and herbs.

In Parkton, there's Mingodale Farms. Make sure you call ahead to see what's available to pick.

Know of any other great places to pick fruits and vegetables? We'd love to add them to our list!

 


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