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

This month's notes: November 2014: Apples are in full swing!  Raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places, most blueberries and peaches are finished. Find a corn maze, hayride or pumpkin patch here. Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Western 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!

Allegany County

Garrett County

Washington County

  • Frog Eye Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, U-pick and already picked
    19600 Frog Eye Road, Knoxville, MD 21758. Phone: 301-799-8645. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8am to 2 pm, early June through August. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From MD Route 340: Go North on Route 67. After 2 Miles, turn left onto Frog Eye Road. Follow the Blueberry Signs to the farm. Continue straight ahead through the gate and into the orchard. From Boonsboro, Maryland: Go South on Route 67. After 3 Miles, turn right onto Frog Eye Road. Follow the Blueberry Signs to the farm. Continue straight ahead through the gate and into the orchard. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Mountain views, peaceful setting!. (ADDED: May 17, 2012)
  • Frog Eye Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    19600 Frog Eye Road, Knoxville, MD 21758. Phone: 571-484-1149. Open: Late June to Early August, Every Day from 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: From Boonsboro: South on Route 67, 10 miles to sign on right. From Route 340: North on Route 67, 2 miles to sign on left. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check. Frog Eye Farm is a peaceful, scenic farm with 20 varieties of blueberries. Customers may pick anywhere on the farm. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: June 24, 2010) (UPDATED: June 03, 2011)
  • Gardenhour Orchards - Apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches., pumpkins (brought in from the field)
    22511 Gardenhour Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783. Phone: 301-824-7466. Email: fruit@gardenhourorchards.com. Open: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: May 13, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on May 13, 2011: "Loved it. Picked apples last fall. The orchard is quiet and the apples were awesome!"
  • Lewis Orchards and Farm Market - Uses integrated pest management practices, strawberries,
    11739 Mapleville Road, Cavetown, MD 21720. Phone: 301-824-2811. Open: Varies according to weather and ripeness. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located along Md Route 66 (Mapleville Road), about 0.2 miles south of Md Route 64 in Cavetown. From Hagerstown: Drive east on Md Route 64 (Jefferson Blvd), turn right onto Md Route 66. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto paved lane. From I-70: Take Exit 35 (Md Route 66) and drive north for almost 5 miles. Watch for signs and turn right onto paved farm lane. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. We also attend several street farmers markets in Frederick, Howard, and Baltimore Counties and in Baltimore City. Check our website for more information. (UPDATED: May 31, 2013)
  • Litton's Produce and Berries - blueberries, raspberries (black), strawberries,
    17435 Lappans Road, Fairplay, MD 21733. Phone: 301-223-6815. Email: littonsberries@juno.com. Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 8 am to dusk; Wednesday, from 8 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday, April to November. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 05, 2011)
  • Round House Farm - blueberries, U-pick and already picked
    23435 Ringgold Pike, Smithsburg, MD 21783. Phone: 240-818-2590. Email: roundhousefarm21783@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours and availability dates. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. New PYO blueberry operation opening in summer of 2014 with expansion plans for the next two years. Please come visit us as we get our business started. (ADDED: June 06, 2014)

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

Washington County

  • Lewis Orchards and Farm Market - Uses integrated pest management practices, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Indoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, apricots, blueberries, broad beans, cherries, chestnuts, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, nectarines, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (black), summer squash, tomatoes,
    11739 Mapleville Road Post Office Box 49, Cavetown, MD 21720. Phone: 301-824-2811. Open: Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; Approximately late May through December 31 (hours May change over the growing season - check our website or facebook for current hours). Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located along Md Route 66 (Mapleville Road), about 0.2 miles south of Md Route 64 in Cavetown. From Hagerstown: Drive east on Md Route 64 (Jefferson Blvd), turn right onto Md Route 66. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto paved lane. From I-70: Take Exit 35 (Md Route 66) and drive north for almost 5 miles. Watch for signs and turn right onto paved farm lane. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. We also attend several street farmers markets in Frederick, Howard, and Baltimore Counties and in Baltimore City. Check our website for more information. (UPDATED: May 31, 2013)
  • Litton's Produce and Berries - Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Preserves, jams, jellies,
    17435 Lappans Road, Fairplay, MD 21733. Phone: 301-223-6815. Email: littonsberries@juno.com. Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 8 am to dusk; Wednesday, from 8 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday, April to November. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: May 05, 2011)

Horse Rides and More:

Garrett County

  • Pleasant Valley Dream Rides - carriage rides, hayrides, winter sleigh rides, wedding carriages
    1689 Pleasant Valley Road, Oakland, MD 21550. Phone: 301-334-1688. Email: dreamrides@pleasantvalleydreamrides.com. Open: All year for various, season and weather appropriate carriage rides, hay rides, sleigh rides, etc; Milking at 4 00AM and 4:00PM Daily. Directions: Our farm is a short scenic drive from the Deep Creek Lake Resort Area. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Go to Oakland and follow 219 3 Miles South of Oakland, Turn Left On Paul Friend Road.Proceed One Mile To Pleasant Valley Road, and Turn Right.Watch For Duntrussen Farm, Pleasant Valley Dream Rides Located on the First Farm on The Right. Duntrussen Holstein and Pleasant Valley Dream Rides. Take a step back in time by enjoying a carriage or winter sleigh ride through the countryside of Pleasant Valley. Enjoy a tractor drawn hayride or tour the dairy farm - Duntrussen Holsteins LLC. Experience hands-on milking, machine milking and give a calf milk with a bottle Pleasant Valley is the backdrop for your horse drawn tour of the Miller Family Farm, and the stables of our horse drawn wedding carriages and funeral hearse. Take a winter sleigh ride or a horse drawn carriage ride and enjoy the pastoral mountain beauty of this Amish community. Tour the agricultural facilities and learn about daily life on an Amish dairy farm. Educational hands-on experiences are included. Be sure to ask Ray about the name of his farm, Duntrussen Holstein LLC. Truly an enjoyable, educational experience for both the young or young at heart Any Time of the Year! Enjoy a western Maryland Family Activity you will remember for a long time. We also offer Travelling Horse Drawn Wedding Carriage
    Services for Maryland, Pennsylvannia and West Virginia.

Wholesale Foods

Washington County

  • Lewis Orchards and Farm Market - Uses integrated pest management practices, Local sales at our farm, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, apricots, beans, blueberries, broad beans, cherries, chestnuts, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, nectarines, onions, pears, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes,
    11739 Mapleville Road Post, Cavetown, MD 21720. Phone: 301-824-2811. Open: Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; Approximately late May through December 31 (hours May change over the growing season - check our website or facebook for current hours). Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located along Md Route 66 (Mapleville Road), about 0.2 miles south of Md Route 64 in Cavetown. From Hagerstown: Drive east on Md Route 64 (Jefferson Blvd), turn right onto Md Route 66. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto paved lane. From I-70: Take Exit 35 (Md Route 66) and drive north for almost 5 miles. Watch for signs and turn right onto paved farm lane. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. We also attend several street farmers markets in Frederick, Howard, and Baltimore Counties and in Baltimore City. Check our website for more information. (UPDATED: May 31, 2013)

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