It’s the sweet season for strawberries and other yummy produce and there are plenty of places for Maryland families to pick their own while still practicing social distancing.
Pick-your-own farms in Maryland
Anne Arundel County
Berry Daze – 2021
970 Upper Pindell Rd., Lothian.
Berry Daze farm is an organic blueberry pick-your-own farm. Blueberries are expected to be ready late May or early June. Blueberry bushes also available for purchase.
Chase’s Produce – 2021
2857 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville
***Please check their Facebook page for updates, including pop-up sales for pre-picked strawberries
Jones Produce Farm – 2021
2100 Philadelphia Road, Edgewood
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Greenhouse open to buy produce, flowers, potting soil, and baked goods. Accepting online orders here.
Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm – 2021
13734 Baldwin Mill Road, Baldwin
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more.
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm/Peachberry Farm – 2021
11409 Harford Rd, Glen Arm
Pick your own dates announced here: weberscidermillfarm.com/webers-farm-peachberry-orchard.php
***We do not have regular hours but will make announcements on FaceBook and on the Weber’s Cider Mill Farm website about upcoming pick-your-own sessions. PYO times are by announced schedule ONLY; weather permitting; and while supply lasts.
Swann Farms – 2021
7740 Swan Lane, Owings
***Check website for Pop-Up Shop updates for curbside pick up of strawberries
Milburn Orchards – 2021
1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton. 410-398-1349
Offering U-pick produce such as cherries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, peaches, grapes, and apples.
Shaw Orchards – 2021
5594 Norrisville Road, White Hall. 410-692-2429
Our farm market is open from late May through Thanksgiving. We sell fresh fruit from our orchards, as well as locally produced vegetables, flowers, honey, and more. We also have pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, apples and pumpkins.
Gorman Farm – 2021
10151 Gorman Road, Laurel
***CLOSED for 2021. The strawberry fields are taking a rest this season. There will be no strawberry harvesting or Pick-Your-Own in the 2021 season.
Larriland Farm – 2021
2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine
Larriland Farm will open when the strawberries ripen in late May or early June.
A note from their website:
Please call or check our website the day you are coming, just before leaving your home, to find out what’s available that day and to avoid disappointment. Call 410-442-2605. The telephone recordings and our website are up-dated throughout the day, and everyday, as needed.
Prince George’s County
Miller Farms – 2021
10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton.
***Closed for 2021
Godfrey’s Farm – 2021
Route 300 and Leager Road, Sudlersville
Hours: Market Open Daily, 8am,-5pm, Mid-April through Labor Day.
Emily’s Produce – 2021
2206 Church Creek Rd. (Rt. 16), Cambridge.
Open daily 9am-4pm. Weather dependent.
To find more farms or market with Maryland strawberries near you, visit pickyourown.org.
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. A lot of U-Pick fields are part of a working farm so make sure to ask the experts that live and work there for the best way to pick the produce.
Strawberry facts and tips
- 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.
- No time to go picking? Try a local farmers’ market for fresh from the farm produce and more!