Where in Eastern Shore of Maryland to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

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Eastern Shore of Maryland U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Caroline County

  • Blades Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, pumpkins, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, restrooms, school tours
    4822 Preston Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632. Phone: 410-754-8857. Email: bladesorchard@bladesorchard.com. Open: July through October on  Saturday 9 am to 4, Sunday 11 pm to 4 pm; We are not open on Monday to Friday . Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 05, 2008) (UPDATED: February 22, 2009) (UPDATED: June 21, 2013) (UPDATED: October 18, 2013)
  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    8416 Harmony Road, Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 443 434 0982. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: June 25, 2009)  (UPDATED: June 04, 2010) (UPDATED: March 05, 2014)
  • Frase Farm - strawberries
    Corner of Kraft & Friendship Road, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7249. Alternate phone: 410-673-1598. (ADDED: May 19, 2009)
  • Harris Farms - Strawberries, Peas, Lima Beans, U-pick and already picked, farm market
    5230 Bethlehem Road, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-714-2137. Email: julieharris@harrisfarmsmarket.com. Open: Call for hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We provide the best quality produce direct from the farmer. You will also find along with strawberries, beautiful annual flowers you can buy.  (UPDATED: February 05, 2014) (ADDED: January 11, 2011)
  • Wings Landing Farms - peas, strawberries,
    6304 Bell Creek Rd, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7238. Alternate Phone: 410-673-7749. Fax: 410-673-7784. Email: wingslandingfarms@hughes.net. Open: Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Directions: From Easton Turn left off of Route 50 onto Route 331 Dover Road, towards Preston. Follow 331 until you come to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem turn left onto Route 578 towards Harmony. Follow 578 until you reach Bell Creek Road on your left ( it will be at your third crossroads on 578). Turn left onto Bell Creek Rd, and proceed about 1 mile. You will see our farm on your left, there is a large tan building with blue trim sitting close to the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: May 20, 2011) (ADDED: May 19, 2009)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD, 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349 or 800-684-3000. Email: info@milburnorchards.com Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Spring Valley Farm - blueberries, sour cherries,
    724 Conowingo Road, Conowingo, MD 21918. Phone: 410-378-3280. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Twenty two miles north of Bel Air MD on U.S. 1. Seven miles south of the MD and PA boarder on U.S.1. Sour Cherries: Mid to late June Blueberries: Mid June to late July. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. We do not allow dogs on the farm during Blueberry Season. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in leaving them at home. (UPDATED: June 09, 2008) (UPDATED: July 27, 2013)
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), strawberries, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-3451. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. We also have an extensive school tour program and offer birthday parties and programs for scout groups etc. (UPDATED: June 15, 2009) (UPDATED: June 03, 2013)

Dorchester County

  • Emily's Produce - u-pick strawberries and pumpkins
    2206 Church Creek Road, Cambridge, MD 21613. Phone: 443-521-0789. Email: emilysproduce@yahoo.com. family owned and operated. Roadside market. Homemade desserts on weekends as well as a wide variety of jams, jellies, and relishes. Directions: on Route 16 one mile from the Cambridge South Dorchester High School.

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Erickson's Farm - strawberries
    171 Strawberry Lane, Centreville, MD 21617. Phone: 410-758-1655.  (ADDED: May 19, 2009)
  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email us at: info@godfreysfarm.com. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Open: Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to noon. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
  • Ironhorse Farm - flowers, herbs/spices, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    3006 Bennett Point Road, Queenstown, MD 21658. Phone: 410-304-2317. Email: pmirons@atlanticbb.net. Open: Call for appointment. Directions: Route 50 to Nesbit Road. Follow road signs to Bennett Point road. Turn right on Bennett Point Road. 6 miles on right. May to October. Payment: Cash, Check. We are a small 18 acre farm located 20 minutes from the Bay Bridge on Eastern Bay. Private farm/ecological tours are available to include the gardens, animals and beach. We also offer programs for children to help out in the everyday working of the farm. Call for prices. (ADDED: March 07, 2010)
  • Kent Fort Farm - Apples, blackberries, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, restrooms, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo
    135 Eastern Lane, Stevensville, MD 21666. Phone: 410 643-1650. Email us at: kentfort@crosslink.net. Directions: Route 50 to exit 37 south (east of Bay Bridge). Go 8 miles to Kent point rd on right. Follow 3 miles to Evans lane on left. Go 200 yards to Eastern lane on right. 2nd entrance on left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in July, August, October. Open: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Open weekends only in October, 10am to 4pm, or by appointment. Peaches: Mid July-August. Peach Fest: 1st Saturday in August. Pumpkins: October weekends 11am-4pm Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: July 26, 2008)
  • White Marsh Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blackberries, nectarines, pears, peaches,
    515 White Marsh Road, Centreville, MD 21617. Phone: 410-758-4349. Alternate Phone: 410-490-6137. Email: info@whitemarshorchard.com. Open: We are open until September 20th from dawn to dusk. Directions: from route 301 take route 213 to White Marsh Road and find us at 515 White Marsh Road. Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check.  (ADDED: November 19, 2008) (UPDATED: June 28, 2011)

Somerset County

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - pumpkins, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 6 pm Sunday 12 to 4pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: January 18, 2014)
  • Gingersnap Farm - flowers, herbs/spices, prepicked produce, farm market
    31631 Old Orchard Road, Trappe, MD 21673. Phone: 410-476-3765. Fax: 866-748-4996. Email: gingersnap@goeaston.net. Directions: Route 50 east, from Easton, Maryland. Turn left on Landing Neck Road. Keep straight at crows foot, go over small bridge to the four way stop sign. Turn left on Windy Hill Road. Turn left on Old Orchard Road. Farm on the Left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: Call for hours. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: March 15, 2009)

Wicomico County

  • Garden of Eden - blueberries - season is long,
    25850 Pemberton DR, Salisbury, MD. Phone: 410-546-0081. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 19, 2010)
  • Oakley's Farm Market - pick-your-own strawberries.
    27466 Ocean Gateway (US Rt. 50 West), Hebron, MD 21830. Phone: 410-860-8553. Create your own scarecrow and corn maze available in the fall. On-site pumpkin patches and u-dig mums. (UPDATED: May 19, 2009)
  • Peach Blossom Farm - blackberries,
    27616 Little Lane, Salisbury, MD 21801. Phone: 410-742-6545. Open: Family run U - pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week; Berries should be available starting July 10; Please call first to check on availability. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: June 22, 2011)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever - strawberries
    4820 Powell School Road, Parsonsburg, MD 21849. Phone: 410-835-8586. (ADDED: May 19, 2009)
  • Wright's Farm - strawberries
    9300 Old Railroad Road, Mardela Springs, MD 21837. Phone: 410-742-8845. (ADDED: May 19, 2009)

Worcester County

  • Assateague Farm & Nursery - apples, asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, herbs/spices, lavender, muscadine grapes, melons, onions, other berries, pears, peas, peaches, pecans , peppers, persimmons, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm
    11832 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: 410-461-8746. Email: Steve@assateaguefarms.com. Open: year round. Directions: We are on Assateague Road at the intersection of route 611 in Berlin, Maryland 21811 Near Assateague Island and Frotier Town campground. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page.  Firewood stand is honor system and open 24 hours all year. (ADDED: March 03, 2013)

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Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Caroline County

  • Wings Landing Farms - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farm market, not located on the farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market,
    6304 Bell Creek Rd, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7238. Alternate Phone: 410-673-7749. Fax: 410-673-7784. Email: wingslandingfarms@hughes.net. Open: Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Directions: From Easton Turn left off of Route 50 onto Route 331 Dover Road, towards Preston. Follow 331 until you come to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem turn left onto Route 578 towards Harmony. Follow 578 until you reach Bell Creek Road on your left ( it will be at your third crossroads on 578). Turn left onto Bell Creek Rd, and proceed about 1 mile. You will see our farm on your left, there is a large tan building with blue trim sitting close to the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Our market is located inside the Amish Farmers Market at 101 Marlboro Avenue, Easton Maryland 21601. We also encourage you to stop by our farm, at your convenience, to purchase any of our locally grown produce. (UPDATED: May 20, 2011)

Kent County

  • Redman Farms - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Covered outdoor market,
    8689 Bakers Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620. Phone: 410-778-5743. Email: redman@baybroadband.net. Open: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 16, 2010)

Queen Anne's County

  • Ironhorse Farm - Fresh local eggs, beans, flowers, herbs/spices, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    3006 Bennett Point Road, Queenstown, MD 21658. Phone: 410-304-2317. Email: pmirons@atlanticbb.net. Open: Monday - Sunday 10am to 6pm; Call first. Directions: Route 50 to Nesbit Road. Follow road signs to Bennett Point road. Turn right on Bennett Point Road. 6 miles on right. May to October. Payment: Cash, Check. We are a small 18 acre farm located 20 minutes from the Bay Bridge on Eastern Bay. Private farm/ecological tours are available to include the gardens, animals and beach. We also offer programs for children to help out in the everyday working of the farm. Call for prices. We have a small roadside stand where we offer our seasonal produce. Fresh chicken eggs are available in an assortment of colors. Call to order. (ADDED: March 07, 2010)

Worcester County

  • Assateague Farm & Nursery - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farm market, not located on the farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, some produce is sustainably grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Fresh local eggs, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, herbs/spices, lavender, melons, onions, other berries, pears, peas, peaches, pecans , peppers, persimmons, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm
    11832 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: 410-461-8746. Email: Steve@assateaguefarms.com. Open: year round firewood stand is honor system and open 24 hours all year. Directions: We are on Assateague Road at the intersection of route 611 in Berlin, Maryland 21811 Near Assateague Island and Frotier Town campground. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We sell firewood from our farm for campers at Assateaue Island and Frontier Town. www.assateaguefirewood.com. (ADDED: March 03, 2013)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Cecil County

  • Kilby Cream - Milk, Fresh ice cream, made on premises, Ice cream shop, School tours, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    129 Strohmaier Lane, Rising Sun, MD 21911. Phone: 410-658-8874. Email: kilbycream@zoominternet.net. Open: 7 Days a Week from 11:30am to 9pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze is open from September 16th through November 1st;. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Kilby Cream has been producing farm fresh homemade ice cream in Rising Sun, Maryland since 2005. We make own mix and ice cream using milk from our Cecil County dairy. We are one of only three dairies in the state of Maryland that completes the whole ice cream making process right on the farm!. We welcome you to stay awhile to have a sandwich, meet the animals and enjoy the playground. Check out the freezer for pints, quarts, and ice cream pies or cakes to take home. (ADDED: August 17, 2011)

Resources For Farmers

Worcester County


Farm Bed And Breakfasts

Worcester County

  • Assateague Farm & Nursery - total rooms, Price range from $ to $, Small fridge in rooms, Free farm tours for overnight guests, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, PYO fruit, Help feed the animals, Organic farming, Sustainable farming, Honeybee hives onsite, goats, chickens, Honey from hives on the farm
    11832 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: 410-461-8746. Email: Steve@assateaguefarms.com. Directions: We are on Assateague Road at the intersection of route 611 in Berlin, Maryland 21811 Near Assateague Island and Frotier Town campground. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. We offer camer rental at local campgrounds. We set up camper and provide tour of Assateague Farms. (ADDED: March 03, 2013)

Local Honey Sources:

Worcester County


Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Worcester County

  • Assateague Farm & Nursery - USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, Eggs (organic, free range, vegetarian fed), Eggs (organic, vegetarian fed), Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), Eggs (free range), Eggs, Brown eggs, Farm market with fruits and vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm
    11832 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: 410-461-8746. Email: Steve@assateaguefarms.com. Open: year round firewood stand is honor system and open 24 hours all year. Directions: We are on Assateague Road at the intersection of route 611 in Berlin, Maryland 21811 Near Assateague Island and Frotier Town campground. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: March 03, 2013)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Worcester County

  • Assateague Farm & Nursery - Other Private Parties, Bed & Breakfast onsite, B&B nearby, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Apple Orchard, Peach/Nectarine, Apricot, etc. Orchard, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Pumpkin patch, goats, chickens, Beautiful rural setting, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, boating nearby, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Honey from hives on the farm
    11832 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: 410-461-8746. Email: Steve@assateaguefarms.com. Open: year round firewood stand is honor system and open 24 hours all year. Directions: We are on Assateague Road at the intersection of route 611 in Berlin, Maryland 21811 Near Assateague Island and Frotier Town campground. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Camper rentals www.assateaguecampers.com. (ADDED: March 03, 2013)

Wholesale Foods

Caroline County

  • Wings Landing Farms - Local sales at our farm, asparagus, beans, blackberries, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, melons, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes,
    6304 Bell Creek Rd, Preston, MD 21655. Phone: 410-673-7238. Alternate Phone: 410-673-7749. Fax: 410-673-7784. Email: wingslandingfarms@hughes.net. Open: We are open 7 days a week, 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 7:00pm. Directions: From Easton Turn left off of Route 50 onto Route 331 Dover Road, towards Preston. Follow 331 until you come to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem turn left onto Route 578 towards Harmony. Follow 578 until you reach Bell Creek Road on your left ( it will be at your third crossroads on 578). Turn left onto Bell Creek Rd, and proceed about 1 mile. You will see our farm on your left, there is a large tan building with blue trim sitting close to the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Our produce is picked fresh daily from our own family farm. (UPDATED: May 20, 2011)

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