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Butler’s Orchard in Germantown.
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Where to Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins Near D.C.

Enjoy the crisp weather by stocking up on fall produce for DIY pies

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Butler’s Orchard in Germantown.
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A chill in the air and changing of the seasons marks the return of two important acronyms: Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL) and Pick Your Own (PYO) fall produce. With wide open spaces aplenty, local orchards and farms provide relatively safe escapes from the house during the COVID-19 crisis. Once back home, visitors can flip freshly picked produce into pies in the comfort of their own kitchens.

Apple inventory is sparser this year, due to May frosts knocking out some of the DMV’s harvest. But pumpkins appear to be plentiful in the area. Each farm has its own safety protocols in place this season, but one request is consistent for all: If you’re sick, don’t pick.

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1. Milburn Orchards

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1495 Appleton Rd
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 398-1349
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Milburn Orchard is part orchard, part amusement park, with a “Big Back Yard” filled with play equipment and barnyard buddies for kids to enjoy (admission fees apply). A wagon ride carries pickers into the fields where dwarf trees make for easy picking. Apple cider doughnuts, pies, and other baked and canned goods are available for pre-order curbside pick-up, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 100 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Reservations are required. Guests should have masks with them at all times, and they must be worn indoors and in crowded locations. No pets.

2. Catoctin Mountain Orchard

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15036 N Franklinville Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
(301) 271-2737
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Every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October, Catoctin Mountain Orchard offers apple picking with a $3 admission fee, with prepaid bags to stock up on varying amounts of produce (cash only). Catoctin’s market is stocked with pre-picked produce and baked goods, including apple dumplings. Curbside pick-up is also available. About 70 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Masks are required indoors and while in line. Social distancing and hand sanitizing are encouraged. No pets.

3. Baugher's Orchards & Farm

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1015 Baugher Rd
Westminster, MD 21158
(410) 848-5541
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Apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its orchard market is also open daily for walk-in customers.

COVID-19 Update: Masks are mandatory, and there are marks on the ground for social distancing. A limited number of patrons are allowed on its wagons.

4. Rock Hill Orchard

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28600 Ridge Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771

Rock Hill Orchard is also the home of Woodbourne Creamery, so freshly churned ice cream, A2A2 Guernsey milk, and other dairy products are available for purchase. Apple cider doughnuts, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes offer plenty of diversions. About 40 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Pre-purchased bags are required for picking. Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are required on-site. Masks must be worn while waiting in line.

A cup of strawberry ice cream from Woodbourne Creamery
A cup of strawberry ice cream from Woodbourne Creamery
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5. Larriland Farm Inc

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2415 Woodbine Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797
(410) 442-2605
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A multi-generational family farm that’s been growing pick-your-own crops since 1973, Larriland Farm updates its pickyourown.com website daily to specify its inventory. Larriland’s orchards are planted with Crimson Crisp, Gala, Smokehouse, Fuji, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold trees, but May frosts knocked out much of the harvest. Pumpkin picking season just started, and crops are abundant. Look for apple fritters and food trucks on Saturdays and Sundays in October. About 45 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Pre-purchase containers on the fields for picking. Face masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and good judgement are all required. No pets are allowed (except for service animals).

6. Butler's Orchard

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22222 Davis Mill Rd
Germantown, MD 20876
(301) 428-0444
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There’s more than just apples at this 70-year-old orchard nestled in Montgomery County. Pumpkins are prime for picking as well ($3 admission fee per person). Check out the bakery for sweet treats and pre-picked fall produce. About 30 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Online reservations, masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing are required to pick. Only service animals are allowed on-site. Butler’s Orchard also offers private, socially distanced birthday parties, bonfires, and hayrides.

7. Homestead Farm

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15604 Sugarland Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837

Like many orchards in the region, May frosts took a toll on apples, and yields are down this year. But there’s still plenty of mums, local honey, and seasonal gourds to make up the difference, and pumpkin picking is plentiful. Admission is $2 per person. About 30 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Face coverings are required at all times. Bags are provided for picking. No pets are allowed on the farm.

Growing pumpkins at Homestead Farms.
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8. Great Country Farms

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18780 Foggy Bottom Rd
Bluemont, VA 20135
(540) 554-2073
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Apples and pumpkins are ready for picking at Great Country Farms. Produce is priced separately from admission, and tickets are required for weekend visits. Because some crops sell out early, Great Country Farms offers email alerts for prime picking times. Stick around for kids’ activities like a potato dig, Farm Ninja course, and 18-hole Cow Pie Putt Putt. About 60 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Social distancing and hand sanitizing are required. Masks are required indoors and where social distancing is not possible.

9. Hollin Farms

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1584 Snowden Rd
Delaplane, VA 20144
(540) 623-8854
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Hollin Farms boasts a wide variety of apples, including Empire, Early Fuji, Golden Delicious, Grimes Golden, Johnagold, Shizuka, and Mutzu Crispen, plus Asian Pears. There are also pumpkins, potatoes, peanuts, and fall greens available on a PYO basis. “Friendly” dogs on a leash are welcome on the farm. About 60 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Hand washing and masks required, but reservations are not necessary. No outside containers are permitted for picking.

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10. Cox Farms

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15621 Braddock Rd
Centreville, VA 20120
(703) 830-4121
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The Centreville, Virginia, farm does the pumpkin picking for its patrons this year. Order by size online and pull through its drive-up market for daily pickup. A cute kiosk on-site also sells apple cider doughnuts, kettle corn, and apple cider. Visitors can also stay in their cars and drive through a traditional hayride route.

Cox Farms pre-sells pumpkins by size.
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1. Milburn Orchards

1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921

Milburn Orchard is part orchard, part amusement park, with a “Big Back Yard” filled with play equipment and barnyard buddies for kids to enjoy (admission fees apply). A wagon ride carries pickers into the fields where dwarf trees make for easy picking. Apple cider doughnuts, pies, and other baked and canned goods are available for pre-order curbside pick-up, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 100 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Reservations are required. Guests should have masks with them at all times, and they must be worn indoors and in crowded locations. No pets.

1495 Appleton Rd
Elkton, MD 21921

2. Catoctin Mountain Orchard

15036 N Franklinville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788

Every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October, Catoctin Mountain Orchard offers apple picking with a $3 admission fee, with prepaid bags to stock up on varying amounts of produce (cash only). Catoctin’s market is stocked with pre-picked produce and baked goods, including apple dumplings. Curbside pick-up is also available. About 70 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Masks are required indoors and while in line. Social distancing and hand sanitizing are encouraged. No pets.

15036 N Franklinville Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788

3. Baugher's Orchards & Farm

1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 21158

Apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its orchard market is also open daily for walk-in customers.

COVID-19 Update: Masks are mandatory, and there are marks on the ground for social distancing. A limited number of patrons are allowed on its wagons.

1015 Baugher Rd
Westminster, MD 21158

4. Rock Hill Orchard

28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771
A cup of strawberry ice cream from Woodbourne Creamery
A cup of strawberry ice cream from Woodbourne Creamery
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Rock Hill Orchard is also the home of Woodbourne Creamery, so freshly churned ice cream, A2A2 Guernsey milk, and other dairy products are available for purchase. Apple cider doughnuts, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes offer plenty of diversions. About 40 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Pre-purchased bags are required for picking. Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are required on-site. Masks must be worn while waiting in line.

28600 Ridge Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771

5. Larriland Farm Inc

2415 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797

A multi-generational family farm that’s been growing pick-your-own crops since 1973, Larriland Farm updates its pickyourown.com website daily to specify its inventory. Larriland’s orchards are planted with Crimson Crisp, Gala, Smokehouse, Fuji, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold trees, but May frosts knocked out much of the harvest. Pumpkin picking season just started, and crops are abundant. Look for apple fritters and food trucks on Saturdays and Sundays in October. About 45 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Pre-purchase containers on the fields for picking. Face masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and good judgement are all required. No pets are allowed (except for service animals).

2415 Woodbine Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797

6. Butler's Orchard

22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

There’s more than just apples at this 70-year-old orchard nestled in Montgomery County. Pumpkins are prime for picking as well ($3 admission fee per person). Check out the bakery for sweet treats and pre-picked fall produce. About 30 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Online reservations, masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing are required to pick. Only service animals are allowed on-site. Butler’s Orchard also offers private, socially distanced birthday parties, bonfires, and hayrides.

22222 Davis Mill Rd
Germantown, MD 20876

7. Homestead Farm

15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
Growing pumpkins at Homestead Farms.
Homestead Farms/official photo

Like many orchards in the region, May frosts took a toll on apples, and yields are down this year. But there’s still plenty of mums, local honey, and seasonal gourds to make up the difference, and pumpkin picking is plentiful. Admission is $2 per person. About 30 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Face coverings are required at all times. Bags are provided for picking. No pets are allowed on the farm.

15604 Sugarland Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837

8. Great Country Farms

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135

Apples and pumpkins are ready for picking at Great Country Farms. Produce is priced separately from admission, and tickets are required for weekend visits. Because some crops sell out early, Great Country Farms offers email alerts for prime picking times. Stick around for kids’ activities like a potato dig, Farm Ninja course, and 18-hole Cow Pie Putt Putt. About 60 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Social distancing and hand sanitizing are required. Masks are required indoors and where social distancing is not possible.

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd
Bluemont, VA 20135

9. Hollin Farms

1584 Snowden Rd, Delaplane, VA 20144
Hollin Farms/official photo

Hollin Farms boasts a wide variety of apples, including Empire, Early Fuji, Golden Delicious, Grimes Golden, Johnagold, Shizuka, and Mutzu Crispen, plus Asian Pears. There are also pumpkins, potatoes, peanuts, and fall greens available on a PYO basis. “Friendly” dogs on a leash are welcome on the farm. About 60 miles from D.C.

COVID-19 Policy: Hand washing and masks required, but reservations are not necessary. No outside containers are permitted for picking.

1584 Snowden Rd
Delaplane, VA 20144

10. Cox Farms

15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120
Cox Farms pre-sells pumpkins by size.
Cox Farms/official photo

The Centreville, Virginia, farm does the pumpkin picking for its patrons this year. Order by size online and pull through its drive-up market for daily pickup. A cute kiosk on-site also sells apple cider doughnuts, kettle corn, and apple cider. Visitors can also stay in their cars and drive through a traditional hayride route.

15621 Braddock Rd
Centreville, VA 20120

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