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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

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: [email protected]. Open: July through October on Saturday 9 am to 4, Sunday 11 pm to 4 pm; We are not open on Monday to Friday; U-Pick Apple Season Opens Mid September thru October each year. Weekends . 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. The Orchard has an indoor market that is open in September and October for U-Pick Apples and Pumpkin season. U-pick: Apples and Pumpkins in September - October. Retail (already picked): Strawberries May and June; Peaches End of June - September; Apples July - December; Melons July - September; Cider August - December. (UPDATED: May 15, 2019, JBS)
  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    8416 Harmony Road, Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: [email protected]. 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. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Redemption Farms LLC - apples, peaches, strawberries (day neutral), broad beans, pumpkins, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here
    26564 Hignutt Rd, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: (443) 786-9263. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call for current hours. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Turn right onto Hignutt Road drive approximately 1,000 feet, Market is on the right. From Delaware: Travel west on 404 towards Denton. After crossing the Delaware Maryland line travel approximately 4 miles then turn left onto Hignutt Road. Market is approximately 1,000 foot on the right. Click here for a map and directions. AStrawberry season is typically: May 1 to June 15 Peach Season is typically: July 1 to September 1 Apple Season is typically: August 1 to November 1. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Click here for our Instagram page. (UPDATED: September 19, 2022) (ADDED: August 09, 2021)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)
    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!"

Dorchester County

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • 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: [email protected]. 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. Click here for a map and directions. 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.
  • White Marsh Acres - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, pears, peaches, plums,
    515 White Marsh Rd, Centreville, MD 21617. Phone: (410) 739-8649. Alternate Phone: (410) 490-6137. Email: [email protected]. Open: Noon to dusk on Sundays until September 20th. Directions: We are on the Eastern Shore of Maryland 10 miles from the Outlets and 2 miles from the 301 Welcome/ rest area near Centreville. 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. Peaches begin usually around July 4th and go thru August. Payment: Cash, Check. White Marsh Orchard & Christmas Tree Farm offers pick your own fruit, including peaches, plums, pears, nectarines, and blackberries. (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS)

Somerset County

Talbot County

Wicomico County

Worcester County

 

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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