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Where to go apple picking

Alex Baldinger  |  Updated 09/13/2012

Cold days may be perfect for hot apple cider, but if you wait till there's a chill in the air to go apple picking, you'll find the orchards barren. Fall is prime time for pumpkins, but it's September when trees are lush and thick with heavy, juicy fruit. The early days of October are fine if you want to pair your picking with fall festivals, but by Halloween, expect the fruit to be gone.


Hartland Orchard

Markham, VA

Red and Golden Delicious apples along with a limited supply of Fuji and Jonagold apples are picking now, while more hearty, late-season apples like Granny Smith, Stayman and York should begin picking during the last week of September and into early October. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Hollin Farms

Delaplane, VA

Hollin's selection of 4-year-old apple trees come in 26 varieties, which means they’re on the young side and don't produce as much fruit as mature trees. There's still a wide selection to choose from, including Daybreak Fuji, Grimes Golden, Cameo, IdaRed and Crown Empire. The farm's Web site ( offers a weekly update on what's ripe for the picking. Open Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Stribling Orchard

Markham, VA

Pick your Empire, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious and Gala apples now, while already-picked varieties available at the farm include Summer Rambo, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold and Smokehouse. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Larriland Farm

Woodbine, MD

Apple season is just getting started at Larriland, where semi-tart Empire apples, sweet Jonagolds and all-purpose Red Delicious apples are good to go, with Cameo, IdaRed, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Braeburn and more varieties coming in October. Open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Homestead Farm

Poolesville, MD

This is Cortland and Jonagold season at Homestead, with Suncrisp and Cameo apples also available for picking. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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