Fall is on its way, you know what that means–it’s apple picking time!
Summer is on its way out and the changing leaves and crisp air of Fall are on their way in! While we’ll certainly miss the sprawling beaches and sunflower fields, we cannot pretend that we aren’t excited about pumpkin patches and apples galore. We’ve compiled this list to help you find out where to get your pick of the season’s best apples. Check them out!
1. Weber’s Farm
Weber’s cider mill is actually the oldest cider mill in continuous use in Maryland, producing deliciously refreshing cider since 1947. So if you’re interested in fresh-pressed cider rather than picking apples, we highly suggest giving Weber’s a chance. The farm is currently offering PYO apples, blackberries (ending soon) and flowers. PYO at Weber’s Farm requires a prior reservation and you’re welcomed in any day just as long as you bring your mask and make sure to maintain the 6-foot security distance!
Where: 2526 Proctor Ln., Parkville, MD
Catoctin Mountain Orchard is now open every Saturday and Sunday all the way through October. Currently, you can pick your own peaches and a wide variety of apples suited for your every need including Honeycrisp, Gala and Blondee! If you’ve got an especially sweet tooth, stop by their market where you can get your hands on freshly-made apple pies, popcorn and jams along with some other mouthwatering goodies.
Where: 15036 N Franklinville Rd, Thurmont, MD
Apple picking season is well underway at Great Country Farms so get ready to pick Honey Crisp, Gala, Jona Free, and other varieties of apples to your hearts content. The farm has also opened its Henway Corn Maze to which you can also get access to when reserving your spot for PYO online. Top your visit with a stroll through the market (while wearing your mask, of course) to get a hold of other goodies like apple cider donuts, apple cider, sandwiches, soup or even eggs, you can place. These can also be ordered online in advance for pick up.
Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA
Come for the apples, stay for the ice cream! Currently picking at Rock Hill, you’ll find peaches and apples of all kinds including Blondees and Macouns. But Rock Hill is also home to Woodbourne Creamery, where you can get freshly-made ice cream and as we all know it’s never too cold for ice cream. Scoop one up along with them apples!
Where: 28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD
If you want to pick some historic fruits, you should definitely check out Crooked Run Orchards. This farm boasts trees that have been bearing the fruits of fall since 1760! Currently ripe for picking are Golden Delicious, Gala, and pears, but you can expect Mutsu apples and Jongold apples later in the fall along with pumpkins and freshly-pressed cider. The farm opens every day from 9 am until 5 pm.
Where: 37883 E Main St, Purcellville, VA
Apple picking season has arrived at Carter Mountain Orchard with Gala, Ginger Gold and Lodi apples available for picking. Located just down the road from Jefferson’s Monticello, this farm also offers scenic tours of the orchard where you can drive up to the farm and stock up on apples without leaving your car. Carter Mountain Orchard is also home to Bold Rock Tap Room, where you can taste hard ciders made with local apples while taking in the gorgeous views. Oh, and its also dog-friendly, so make sure to bring your pooch along to participate in the fall festivities!
Where: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA
Located in Berryville, VA, this farm is currently booking PYO spots from 8 am until 3 pm to ensure everyone gets their pick before apples run out. Right now at Mackintosh, you’ll be able to pick Asian pears, yellow peaches, and Gala apples along with some veggies including yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, okra, eggplant, and beets, as well as some herbs like basil and dill. Also open is their market where you’ll be able to pick from pizza, tamales and sandwiches among other lunch options.
Where: 1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA
[Featured image: Ryan Arnst]