Take the kids strawberry picking at a MD farm

It's the sweet season of the strawberry and there are plenty of places for Maryland families to pick their own.

Strawberries begin to ripen by early May and the season could last through mid June. The harvest has been delayed spring 2018 due to cool weather.

When selecting sweet Maryland strawberries, be sure to look for a full, red color, bright luster and firm, plump flesh, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked, so be sure to choose fully ripe berries. The caps should be bright green, fresh looking and fully attached.

Strawberry facts and tipsStrawberryPickingW

  • Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small berries are often most flavorful.
  • Strawberries measurements: 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and weighs 1.25 to 1.5 pounds (or 600 to 700 grams). The weight varies on variety and weather conditions. One quart is normally enough for four servings
  • One cup of strawberries contains around 43 calories.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart equals 1-1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
  • It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a Ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Vacuum food sealers do a good job of this. The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

Click next below to find some pick-your-own farms in Maryland

StrawberryPicking2Pick-your-own farms in Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Berry Daze
970 Upper Pindell Rd., Lothian.
301-627-4982, houseonthehill4.wix.com/berrydaze
Blueberries, Lavendar and more. Appt. only. Mid June-July

Country Aire Farm
631 West Bay Front Rd., Lothian.
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9am-6pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June

Paddy's Produce
621 W Bay Front Rd., Lothian.
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 10am-6pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Pick your own and pre picked strawberries

Chase's Produce
2857 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville
410-798-1580, facebook.com/Chases-Produce-1000627260006403
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 2-7pm; Fri., noon-7pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm. 
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June. Other produce available. 

Baltimore County

Jones Produce Farm
2100 Philadelphia Road, Edgewood
410-676-3709, jonesproducefarm.com
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June 
Pick your own and pre-picked strawberries. Other produce available.

Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm
13734 Baldwin Mill Road, Baldwin
443-902-0370, hybridomafarm.com
Hours: Wed., Sat., and Sun, 8am-5pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more. 

Weber's Cider Mill Farm
2526 Proctor Lane, Parkville
410-668-4488, Weberscidermillfarm.com
Hours: Fri.-Mon., 9am-6pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Blueberries, raspberries, peaches, meats and more. 

Calvert County

Swann Farms
7740 Swan Lane, Owings
301-855-3320, swannfarms.com
Hours: Check website for current hours
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Black raspberries, black berries and blueberries.

Charles County

Shlagel Farms
12850 Shlagel Rd, Waldorf
301-645-4554, shlagelfarms.com
Hours: Mon-Sun, 8am-7pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June

Howard County

Gorman Farm
10151 Gorman Road, Laurel
301-908-8063, gormanproducefarm.com
Hours: Check website for current hours
Strawberry Season: Opening Mid May-Mid June

Larriland Farm
2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine
410-442-2605, pickyourown.com
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Cherries, raspberries, blueberries and more. 

Prince George's County

Johnson's Berry Farm
17000 Swanson Rd, Upper Marlboro
Call for current hours
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June

Miller Farms
10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton.
301-297-9370, millerfarmsclinton.com
Hours: Sun.-Sat., 8am-12pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June

St. Mary's County

Southern Comfort Berry Farm
37450 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood
301-769-3878, southerncomfortberryfarm.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 8am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June

Eastern Shore

Godfrey's Farm
Route 300 and Leager Road, Sudlersville
410-438-3509, godfreysfarm.com
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm; Sat and Sun, 7am-5pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June 
Blueberries, cherries, peaches and more.

Emily's Produce
2206 Church Creek Rd. (Rt. 16), Cambridge.
443-521-0789, emilysproduce.com
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9am-5pm
Strawberry Season: Mid May-Mid June
Blackberries, produce and more.

To find more farms or market with Maryland strawberries near you, visit www.marylandsbest.net.