MARYLAND APPLE PROMOTION BOARD www.marylandapples.org.
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE www.marylandsbest.net.
U.S. APPLE ASSOCIATION www.usapple.org.
VIRGINIA STATE APPLE BOARD www.virginiaapples.org.
Picking times listed here are approximate and subject to change. Most sites also sell other fall fruits and vegetables along with such seasonal items as cider, baked goods, honey, jams and fall decorations. Most also have picnic tables and bathrooms or portable toilets. Growers encourage pickers to sample an occasional fruit, but don't eat up the orchard's profits by munching a bunch before weighing and paying for the fruits of your labor. Call ahead or check an orchard's Web site for information about special events, container availability, prices (some orchards sell by the pound, others by the bushel) and accepted payment methods.
WEBER'S CIDER MILL FARM 2526 Proctor Lane, Baltimore. 410-668-4488. http://www.webersfarm.com. Market open daily 9 to 7 through Sept. 21, 9 to 8 through Oct. 30 and 9 to 6 Oct. 31 through Dec. 31. Pick Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Cortland on Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 until the supply runs out, probably at the end of September or early October. The 30th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Sept. 22 and 23 from 11 to 5 features fall farm activities and live bluegrass. Free, but some activities require fees.
BAUGHER'S FARM ORCHARD MARKET 1236 Baugher Rd., off Route 140 west, Westminster. 410-857-0111 (recording with directions) or 410-848-5541. http://www.baughers.com. The market is open daily 8 to 6, 10 to 4 Nov. 4 through Dec. 24. Pick-your-own apple hours are Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 5 during September and probably into October. The orchard also will be open Oct. 19 from 10 to 4, when Maryland public schools are closed. Current varieties include Empire and Jonathan, followed by Red Delicious and Golden Delicious in late September and possibly early October. Call ahead for availability of Stayman and Idared apples in October. The farm offers a free petting zoo and playground; October weekend children's activities are available for small fees. Wagon rides, $1, go to the pumpkin patch, where picking is Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 in October.
THANKSGIVING FARMS 1619 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown. 301-662-1291. Take Interstate 270 to Route 85 south (Buckeystown Pike) and go seven miles to the farm on the left. No Web site. Open daily 9 to 5 through Dec. 24. Apple picking expected to run through mid-October, featuring Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Empire and possibly Gala and Jonathan apples. The farm will participate in the FamilyFestival@theFarm self-guided farm tour Oct. 20 and 21.
LARRILAND FARM 2415 Woodbine Rd. (Route 94), Woodbine, south of Lisbon. Call 301-854-6110 (recording with directions) or 410-489-7034 to schedule group hayrides. http://www.pickyourown.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 5 and Tuesday-Friday 9 to 6 through October; also open Mondays 9 to 6 in October and Nov. 1-4 from 9 to 5. The farm offers more than a dozen pick-your-own varieties. September apples, some of which also may be available next month, include Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Magnolia Gold, Empire, Cameo and Jonagold. In October, look for Idared, Stayman and Fortune, followed by Mutsu, Suncrisp and Fuji. The picking season ends with Braeburn, Granny Smith, Enterprise and Pink Lady. Receive a price break when you pick 20 pounds or more. Other pick-your-own fall crops, including pumpkins, are available. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 28, visitors can take hayrides (fee) Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 4:30. Other fall children's activities are available for additional fees.
BUTLER'S ORCHARD 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. 301-972-3299 (recording with directions) or 301-428-0444 for information or to schedule group hayrides. http://www.butlersorchard.com. Farm market and pick-your-own hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 to 5:30. The market closes Dec. 24. Varieties, available primarily during September, include Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Stayman. Pick pumpkins starting the last week of September. Fall family activities, admission required, Sept. 29 through October.