WEBER'S CIDER MILL FARM INC. -- 2526 Proctor Lane, Baltimore. 410-668-4488. www.webersfarm.com. Market open daily 9 to 8, with apple picking Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 until the supply runs out, probably at the end of September. Pick Red Delicious and Golden Delicious from dwarf trees at this small suburban orchard. The 27th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5 features crafts, pit beef, children's games and live bluegrass. Kids' Weekend Sept. 25 and 26 from noon to 4 features hayrides ($1), a large hay maze ($2) and free performances by the Singing Scarecrow from 1 to 2:30 each day. Additional fall activities take place on weekends during October.
BAUGHER'S FARM ORCHARD MARKET -- 1236 Baugher Rd., off Route 140 west, Westminster. 410-857-0111 (recording with directions) or 410-848-5541. www.baughers.com. The market is open daily 8 to 6, 8 to 5 when daylight saving time ends, through Dec. 24; it reopens in early June. Pick-your-own hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 to 4 during September, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 in October. The orchard also will be open Oct. 15 from 10 to 4, when Maryland public schools are closed. September varieties in this semi-dwarf orchard include Empire, McIntosh and Jonathan, followed by Red Delicious and Golden Delicious in late September and early October. Pick Stayman and Ida Red apples along with pumpkins in October. On weekends, take a wagon ride ($1) to the orchard at this 100-year-old family farm. Other highlights include a free petting zoo and playground. Picnic tables are available. Food for sale features such specialties as homemade ice cream, baked goods and fresh cider. The market also sells crafts.
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. pages.frederickcounty.com/garden/thanksgiving.htm. Open daily 9 to 5 through Dec. 24; reopens about March 1. Apple picking is expected to run Sept. 20 through October on 11/2 acres of semi-dwarf trees featuring Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Rome apples. The produce market and garden center also have limited supplies of pick-your-own fall vegetables, such as tomatoes, collards, kale, cabbage and unusual, ethnic varieties, sold by the pound. Visitors can sample different varieties of apples on the weekends, and educational activities take place on October weekends. The site has picnic tables.
LARRILAND FARM -- 2415 Woodbine Rd. (Route 94), Woodbine, south of Lisbon. Call 301-854-6110 (recording with directions), 410-489-7034 to schedule group hayrides. www.pickyourown.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 5 and Tuesday through Friday 9 to 6 through October; also open Mondays 9 to 6 in October and Nov. 5, 6 and 7 from 9 to 5; reopens in late May. The farm's 18 acres of apples include more than a dozen varieties. September varieties, some of which also may be available next month, include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Magnolia Gold, Empire and Cameo. In October, look for Ida Red, Stayman and Fortune, followed by Mutsu, Suncrisp and Fuji. The picking season ends in late October 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 include tomatoes, flowers until the first frost, broccoli in early October and pumpkins, winter squash, spinach and beets throughout October. Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, visitors can take hayrides ($2.75, free for children younger than 2) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 4:30. Other activities tied in with October's pick-your-own pumpkins include a straw maze (all-day admission $1.75) and a Boo Barn (adults admitted free, children $1.50 all day).
BUTLER'S ORCHARD -- 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. 301-972-3299 (recording with directions). www.butlersorchard.com. Farm market and pick-your-own hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5:30. The market closes Dec. 24 and reopens in May. Perhaps best known for its annual Pumpkin Festival, this nearby orchard also offers a limited supply of pick-your-own apples from three acres of semi-dwarf trees during September. Varieties include Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Stayman. Pick-your-own red raspberries are available Wednesdays and Saturdays only until the first frost. The Pumpkin Festival, featuring numerous children's activities, takes place Oct. 2 through 31 on Saturdays, Sundays and Oct. 11 (Columbus Day) from 10 to 5. Festival admission is $7, free for children younger than 2.
HOMESTEAD FARM -- 15604 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville. 301-977-3761 (recording with directions). www.homestead-farm.net. Open daily 9 to 6 through Oct. 31. This rural setting just 12 miles from the Beltway features about 5,000 dwarf trees on 11 acres. Current varieties are likely to include Gala, Jonathan, Liberty, Empire, Jonagold, Melrose, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. A few Rome Beauties also should be available in late September. Look for Stayman, Braeburn, Fuji and Granny Smith from the end of September through mid-October. A trellised, three-acre orchard features Pink Lady, Cameo and Suncrisp, most likely available in early October. Ask about reduced prices for pick-your-own purchases of more than 20 pounds. Pick pumpkins the last weekend in September through October. Hayrides, $1.50 per person, take place Sept. 25 and 26 and weekends in October from 9 to 5. The farm also has a six-acre corn maze, $3 per person. Other highlights include farm animals, caramel apples and apple pie.
ROCK HILL ORCHARD -- 28600 Ridge Rd. (Route 27), Mount Airy. 301-831-7427. No Web site. Take Interstate 270 to Exit 16-A (Route 27) and go toward Damascus. Turn left at SunTrust Bank and go 21/2 miles to the farm on the left. Picking takes place daily 9 to 5 until the apple supply is gone, probably mid-October. The orchard, situated on one of the county's highest points, has nearly 600 semi-dwarf trees. Apples available now include Empire, a limited supply of Jonathan and Jonagold, and lots of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. In October, pick Stayman, Melrose, Rome and York Imperial. Buy 20 pounds or more for a discount. Pick-your-own raspberries may be available this month until the first frost, and pumpkins should be ready to pick Oct. 1. Weather permitting, visitors can take free hayrides to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch Saturdays and Sundays in October from noon to 4.
Prince George's County
CHERRY HILL FARM & ORCHARD -- 12300 Gallahan Rd., Clinton (near Fort Washington). 301-292-1928 (recording with directions) or 301-292-4642. www.cherryhillfarm.net. Orchard hours are Saturdays and Sundays 8 to 6:30 through October. Market hours are Monday through Saturday 8 to 7 in September and October, Sundays 8 to 5 in September and Sundays 8 to 6:30 in October. The market closes the day before Thanksgiving and reopens the last week in April. Owned and operated by the Gallahan family for six generations, this 55-acre farm includes a 7,000-tree orchard with mostly semi-dwarf trees. Pick Red Delicious and Golden Delicious now. Look for Stayman in early October, followed by Winesap and Rome Beauty the second week, then Fuji, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Cherry Hill also specializes in homemade ice cream and baked goods. The Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 2-31 features 500 scarecrow characters, hayrides, children's activities and entertainment for $6.50 Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, $5.50 weekdays. Visit the Web site for a performance schedule. Scarecrowmaking, $7 with all materials included, takes place Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24.
HARTLAND ORCHARD -- 3064 Hartland Lane, off Route 688 north, in Markham. 540-364-2316. www.hartlandorchard.com (includes directions). Open daily 8 to 6, possibly through the last week of October. September varieties at this 70-acre, semi-dwarf apple orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains include Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, Grimes Golden, Greening, Jonathan, Cortland and McIntosh. In October, look for Stayman, York, Granny Smith, Fuji, Winesap and Rome Beauty. The orchard lends apple-picking poles with attached baskets for reaching fruit on high branches. The orchard boasts an on-site press for cidermaking. Weather permitting, free hayrides take place Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 5. Other highlights at this family-owned working farm dating from the 1700s include honey from on-site hives, cattle and horses for kids to look at and pumpkins. Picnic tables are available.
STRIBLING ORCHARD -- 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, off Route 688 south, in Markham. 540-364-3040. www.striblingorchard.com (includes directions). Open daily 9 to 6, with last orchard entry at 5:30, through mid-November; reopens in July. The 60-acre orchard at this six-generation family farm, which is more than 200 years old, contains 3,500 mostly semi-dwarf apple trees. Visitors can rent picking poles by presenting a driver's license. Current varieties are likely to include Royal Gala, McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, followed later this month by Grimes Golden, Stayman and Jonathan. In early October, look for Ida Red, Rome Beauty, Winesap, York Imperial and Granny Smith. Pick Fuji and Braeburn at the end of October and into November. Other pre-picked varieties may be available in limited quantities. The Piedmont Artisan Shop at the Harvest House, open weekends and by appointment, features locally made crafts and artwork. The orchard's bakery specializes in fresh, hot bread, and a gift shop sells Virginia food items. Visitors are welcome to picnic at mountaintop tables and view a variety of farm animals. Pets are no longer allowed. The orchard is a stop on the Fauquier Fall Farm Tour Sept. 18 from 10 to 5. The event features tours at participating farms and a dinner and barn dance at the end of the day. Call the county Agricultural Development Office, 540-349-5314, or visit www.fauquierag.com to download a brochure. On Sept. 25 from 10 to 4, the orchard's 21st annual Leeds Applefest features live bluegrass by the Page County Ramblers, apple butter making, crafts, a reenacted Civil War encampment and sutler, food and many free children's activities. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
HEDGEBROOK FARM MARKET AND PUMPKIN PATCH -- 690 Shady Elm Rd. (Route 651), two miles south of Winchester. 540-450-0310. www.hedgebrook.com (includes directions). The market will not offer pick-your-own apples this year, but will feature pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze and other fall activities.
HILL HIGH FARM -- 933 Barley Lane, Winchester. 540-667-7377. www.thepumpkin-patch.com (includes directions). Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 through Oct. 31. The 30-acre orchard at this Virginia Century Farm -- in the same family for more than 100 years -- has Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and a limited supply of Jonagold Reds now, followed by Rome later this month. York and Granny Smith probably will be ripe by early October. Other varieties may be available in limited supply. The farm also boasts 30 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. The Pumpkin Patch play area features two straw mazes, farm animals and antique farm equipment; admission is free. Hayrides $6, but free for ages 2 and younger, start about every 30 minutes and feature an apple and small pumpkin for each passenger. On Make a Difference Day, Oct. 23, a percentage of hayride proceeds benefits cancer research. A patriotic-themed, eight-acre corn maze, "We Remember," boasts about 31/2 miles of trails; check Web site for special evening hours. $7 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors ages 65 and older, free for ages 4 and younger. A smaller corn maze cut in a Liberty Bell design is geared toward ages 5 and younger; $3 per child accompanied by an adult. A high-tech, walk-through haunted house of more than 4,000 square feet features intense scenes and is not recommended for ages 7 and younger, people with heart conditions or pregnant women. Admission is $8. It opens for previews Sept. 25 and 26, 1 to 5; in October, it's open Fridays from 7 to 11, Saturdays from 1 to 11, Sundays from 1 to 5 and Oct. 28 from 7 to 11. New this year, kids ages 12 and younger can visit an inflatable haunted maze, $2; adults may accompany young children. Hill High participates in the Frederick County's Fall Farm Fun Weekend, Saturday and Sunday 9 to 6. Highlights include helicopter rides (also available Oct. 23 and 24) and specialty foods, such as country ham sandwiches. R.E. Aylor Middle School Future Farmers of America makes apple butter and helps with scarecrowmaking ($20, all supplies provided) Oct. 16; proceeds benefit chapter and community service activities. A free Johnny Appleseed celebration Oct. 23 and 24 features face painting, live bluegrass and food such as homemade apple butter. Pumpkins carved during a free contest Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 will be stacked on a tower and illuminated after sundown and on Halloween (free pumpkins are provided). The farm has a picnic area and a variety of animals to pet. The Packing Shed sells antiques and collectibles during farm hours and by appointment.
MARKER-MILLER ORCHARDS -- 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester. 540-662-1391. www.markermillerorchards.com (includes directions). Open July through Dec. 23. Market hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 6, Saturdays 9 to 4 and Sundays noon to 4 during September and October; other hours vary seasonally. The 325-plus-acre orchards offer pick-your-own apples during market hours. Varieties include Empire, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious, followed by Crispin late this month and Fuji, Stayman and other varieties in October. Other features include pick-your-own pumpkins, a picnic area and an on-premises bakery specializing in items such as pies and apple-cider doughnuts. The market, which recently doubled in size, offers Peaks of Otter wine tasting, $1, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 3. Wagon rides, $1, take place on weekends. The Fall Farm Fun Weekend is Saturday 9 to 4 and Sunday noon to 4 and features free children's activities such as a pumpkin pitch and tractor-pulled barrel-train ride. The free annual Apple Harvest Festival is Oct. 9 from 9 to 5 and Oct. 10 from 10 to 5. Highlights include the barrel-train ride for kids, a moon bounce ($1), apple butter making, antique tractors, concessions and, from 2 to 4, live music. A pumpkin festival Oct. 23 from 9 to 5 includes similar activities, plus a pumpkin toss game and moon bounce, $1 each. Sample apple-cider doughnuts and numerous varieties of cakes, pies and cookies at the free Bakery Festival Nov. 13 from 9 to 5.
RICHARD'S FRUIT MARKET -- 6410 Middle Rd., Middletown. 540-869-1455. www.valleymarkets.com/Richards.htm (includes directions). Open August through November, Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 to 6, Sundays until the Sunday after Thanksgiving 10 to 6; closed Thanksgiving Day. This 50-year-old family orchard features five acres of semi-dwarf trees. Varieties most likely available for picking now include Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Ida Red and York. Look for Grimes Golden in another week, followed by Stayman, Rome Beauty and Fuji in mid-October. Pick flowers until the first frost. The market also sells pies and hand-dipped ice cream, and has picnic facilities. A chicken barbecue dinner benefiting the local fire and rescue department features live bluegrass music by Sweetwater String Band Sept. 25 from 4 to 6:30. $10 adults, $6 children 10 and younger; registration required by Sept. 20 for tickets. The 11th annual Apple Festival takes place all day on Oct. 16 and 17, with live bluegrass music from 2 to 4, crafts, food, children's pioneer games, pony rides, a petting zoo and free hayrides. New this year, a Woodworkers Marketplace features products by woodworking artists. Free, but some activities require fees. The orchard also holds its third annual gourd festival, featuring gourd artisans, Nov. 6 from 8:30 to 5:30 and Nov. 7 from 10 to 5:30. Free.
RINKER ORCHARDS INC. -- 1156 Marlboro Rd., Stephens City. 540-869-1499. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 north to Exit 307 (Stephens City). Turn left, go 2 1/2 to three miles and look for the farm on the right. Open daily 10 to 6 through Columbus Day; after that, hours vary with apple availability. This 105-year-old family business features a 150-acre orchard of mostly dwarf trees. Current varieties are likely to include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Ida Red. Nittany, York and Rome Beauty should be ripe starting in early October. Pick pumpkins in October. The orchard produces its own flash-pasteurized apple cider for sale. Apple butter making takes place Saturday, when visitors also can buy homemade apple pies and dumplings to benefit the Sherando High School Band Boosters. The Stephens City United Methodist Church Women sell homemade apple dumplings Oct. 2. The orchard has no picnic tables, but visitors may spread blankets on the expansive lawn.
CROOKED RUN ORCHARD -- 37883 E. Main St. (Business Route 7), Purcellville, 10 miles west of Leesburg. 540-338-6642. The orchard, which contains about 900 semi-dwarf trees, is open for picking Fridays and Saturdays 8 to 6 and Sundays 9 to 6, with Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Jonagold available through at least the end of September. At the end of September or beginning of October, look for Law Rome, a premier baking apple, as well as Braeburn and York. Other pick-your-own crops include red raspberries starting the last weekend in September, seven varieties of gourds and six acres of at least four varieties of pumpkins. The market sells such specialty items as apple butter, table grapes, local honey and apple pepper jelly made with the orchard's fruit. The farm also features pigs and picnic tables. During the Farm Color Tour of the Loudoun Valleys on Oct. 16 and 17, the farm offers free, interpretive hayrides at noon, 2 and 4. Free hayrides to the pumpkin patch take place on Sundays in October.
TARARA -- 13648 Tarara Lane, off Route 15, eight miles north of Leesburg. Follow signs. 703-771-7100. www.tarara.com. Open daily 11 to 5. The winery's 21/2-acre orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees currently should feature Empire, Jonagold, Jonamac, Jonathan and Cortland, followed by Red Delicious next week. After Oct. 1, look for Rome Beauty, Northern Spy, Granny Smith and Fuji. Visitors also can tour the winery -- including a 6,000-square-foot winemaking cave -- and taste wines, $5 including a keepsake glass. The grounds include six miles of hiking trails, picnic tables and a 10-acre lake. An Apple Days Wine Festival Oct. 2 and 3 from 11 to 5 features live entertainment, kids' activities, wine tastings, hayrides, food samples, and food and craft vendors. $12 for adults, $8 for designated drivers and visitors younger than 21, free for ages younger than 6; tickets booked online up to three days before the event cost $10 and $7. World music concerts feature Edwin Ortiz y su Orquesta La Romana on Sept. 18 and MSP, the Michael Stephens Project, on Sept. 25. The events run from 7 to 10 and cost $10 (free for ages 12 and younger), including wine tasting. The free October Wine Days Oct. 16 and 17 from 11 to 5 during the Loudoun Fall Color Tour, feature live music, kids' activities, hayrides, pumpkins and wine tasting ($5). The winery also offers bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
HIGH PLACES ORCHARDS -- 121 Winesap Lane, Flint Hill/Huntly. 540-635-5537. No Web site. From Front Royal, follow Route 522 eight miles south, turn left on Route 662 east and go a half-mile, then turn left on Winesap Lane and follow it to the orchards. Open Monday through Saturday dawn to dusk, Sundays noon to dusk through early November; call for hours. Varieties available at this 20-acre, semi-dwarf orchard include Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Gala, Ginger Gold, Cortland, McIntosh, Stayman, Giant Winesap and Rome, followed by York and Granny Smith next weekend. Visitors can picnic by a pond.
LEE'S ORCHARD -- 65 Orchard Lane, Washington. 540-675-3201 and 540-675-3178. No Web site. Take Route 66 west to Route 29 south toward Warrenton. Take Route 211 west 22 miles to the orchard, on the right. Open daily 9 to 6 through the end of October. This five-generation family orchard, which opened in 1891, offers 14 acres of pick-your-own apples. Varieties include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman, York, Winesap and Rome. Additional varieties are available, along with honey, fall produce and cider made from the orchard's fruit, in the Apple Shed market on the premises.
MUSKRAT HAVEN FARM -- 20 Cedarbreak Lane, on Route 211, four miles west of Amissville, 15 miles west of Warrenton. 540-937-5892 or 540-937-5191. No Web site. Open daily 9 to 5 until the end of October. The nine-acre orchard's semi-dwarf trees provide Jonamac, Rome Beauty, Stayman and Winesap apples, most likely through the end of the month. Red raspberries should be on hand for picking until the first frost, and about five acres of pick-your-own pumpkins will be available starting the end of September. The farm has picnic tables. The farm also sells fresh quail, rabbit and pasture chicken meat.