Pools and parks aren’t the only outdoor places to take kids this summer. One great way to get outside is to do some fruit picking. Here are five local farms that offer pick-your-own opportunities in August and September. Take a bite of this fun and follow up with an afternoon of pie baking. Enjoy!
Baugher’s Orchard, Westminster
Pick some delicious, locally grown fruit and enjoy a wagon ride as you are transported to the orchard’s fields. Come early in August for peaches, plums and nectarines. Watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn and tomatoes are available through September. And there are 35 varieties of apples here, including the ever-popular Granny Smith and Red Delicious as well as new flavors, such as Macoun and Mutsu. Baugher’s also has a farmer’s market and nearby restaurant. Picked fruit is priced by the pound and the wagon ride is $2 per person. Fruit picking is Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Larriland Farms, Woodbine
There is a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for picking fun with your little ones at this family farm in western Howard County. Satisfy your sweet side with blueberries, red raspberries, seedless grapes, Asian pears and more than a dozen varieties of both peaches and apples. Mark your calendar for the autumn vegetable harvest with pumpkins and weekend activities starting in late September. Weekend hayrides start Sept. 21, and there will be a straw maze and a boo barn for children ages 4 to 6 for a small fee. Food trucks and apple fritters are available on the weekends, or bring a picnic lunch along to enjoy. Check website for hours. pickyourown.com
Lohr’s Orchard, Churchville
This Harford County, family-owned farm offers free hay rides, group trips and a farmers market. Come enjoy our bounty of apples and pumpkins for your picking pleasure. Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. lohrsorchard.com
Maple Lawn Farms
New Park, Pennsylvania
Venture to Pennsylvania for a one-of-a-kind farm experience with lots of special events for all ages. Start with the peaches, apples and sunflowers. Then get ready for Sunflower Festival weekends, August 9-11 and August 16-18. Tickets start at $10 and include admission, a wagon ride and your pick of a sunflower from 28 different varieties. Enjoy an afternoon listening to music while exploring eight acres of sunflowers. Food and wine are available for purchase. On Sept. 2, the Maize Quest Corn Maze opens with this year’s theme “Atlantis: Search for the Lost City.” The farm market and orchard are open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.; wine tastings are available on Saturdays noon–5 p.m. and Sundays 1–5 p.m. See website for maze details. maplelawnfarms.com
Weber’s Peachberry Farm offers plenty of opportunities for fruit picking. Blackberries, peaches and apples are available in August and September; check the website or its Facebook link for daily availability. Cash only, but there is an ATM available on-site. At its Cider Mill Farm, the farm market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes, among its goodies, apple cider doughnuts and slushes. weberscidermillfarm.com