WEBER'S CIDER MILL FARM -- 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 or early October. Pick Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Jonathan from dwarf trees at this small suburban orchard. The 28th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Sept. 24 and 25 from 11 to 5 features crafts, pit beef, children's games and live bluegrass. Free, but games require fees. Scarecrow workshops, $15 ($1 discount if you bring a shirt, $1.50 discount if you provide pants), all materials provided, weekends 10 to 6 Sept. 24 through Oct. 30. Additional fall activities take place on weekends during October. The farm has picnic tables, pumpkins, a seasonal produce market, bakery, ice-cream parlor and gift shop.
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 late spring. 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. 21 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. Some pick-your-own peaches may be available this weekend. Wagon rides, $1, free for ages 3 and younger, to the orchard at this 101-year-old family farm on weekends 10 to 5. Special events on October weekends include scarecrow making, $10 for all supplies and, for additional fees, pony rides from 10 to 5 and face painting from noon to 5. Free highlights include a petting zoo and playground. Picnic tables available. Food for sale includes 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. No Web site. Open daily 9 to 5 through Dec. 24; reopens about March 1. Apple picking is expected to run through October on 11/2 acres of semi-dwarf trees featuring Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Empire and possibly Gala and Jonathan 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. Pick-your-own pumpkins also are available. Visitors can sample different varieties of apples on 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. 4, 5 and 6 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 Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Magnolia Gold, Empire, Cameo and Jonagold. 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. Oct. 1 through Nov. 6, visitors can take hayrides ($3, free for infants) Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 4. Other activities tied in with October's pick-your-own pumpkins include a straw maze (all-day admission $2) and a Boo Barn (adults admitted free, children $1.50 all day), open daily. Picnic tables available. A market sells food and seasonal produce. Groups may reserve evening hayrides and bonfires.
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. This family farm offers pick-your-own apples from three acres of semi-dwarf trees, primarily during September. Varieties include Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Stayman. Pick your own raspberries Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only until the first frost. Pick-your-own flowers, available before frost, include zinnias, snapdragons and gladioluses. The orchard has about 25 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. The 25th annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring numerous children's activities, is Oct. 1 through 30 Saturdays, Sundays and Oct. 10 (Columbus Day) from 10 to 5. $8, free for children younger than 2. Weekday Pumpkin Harvest Days, $5.50 per person, include a hayride, small pumpkin, two apples and activities. The farm has a gift shop and picnic tables. Evening hayrides are available for groups.
HOMESTEAD FARM -- 15600 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville. 301-977-3761 (recording with directions). www.homestead-farm.net. Open daily 9 to 6 through Oct. 31. The farm reopens to sell Christmas trees Friday through Sunday during December, then closes until mid-May. This farm 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. Look for Stayman, Braeburn, Fuji and Granny Smith from the end of September through mid-October. A three-acre orchard features Pink Lady, Cameo and Suncrisp, most likely available in mid-October. Pick pumpkins the last weekend in September through October. Hayrides, $2 per person, take place Sept. 24 and 25 and weekends in October from 9 to 5. The farm also offers a six-acre corn maze requiring an admission fee (undetermined at press time). Other highlights include farm animals, caramel apples and baked goods.
ROCK HILL ORCHARD -- 28600 Ridge Rd. (Route 27), Mount Airy. 301-831-7427. rockhillorchard.com. Take Interstate 270 to Exit 16-A (Route 27) and go toward Damascus. Turn left at the Citgo station 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, 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. A good crop of 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. No tables, but visitors can spread blankets for picnics.
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 5 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; bakery open on weekends through Dec. 24. Owned and operated by the Gallahan family for six generations, this 55-acre farm will close this year upon the owners' retirement. The 7,000-tree orchard with mostly semi-dwarf trees offers pick-your-own Red Delicious and Golden Delicious now, followed by Stayman in early October, Winesap and Rome Beauty the second week of October, then Fuji, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Cherry Hill also specializes in homemade ice cream and baked goods. The Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 1-31 features 450 scarecrow characters, hayrides, children's activities and entertainment for $7 Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, $6 weekdays.
MOUTOUX ORCHARD -- 1322 Beulah Rd., Vienna. 703-759-2123. www.moutouxorchard.com. Open for apple picking Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays 11 to 5 Sept. 24 through October or possibly early November. This small, 50-year-old orchard will close after this season. The Moutoux family is moving to Loudoun County, where it plans to open a new orchard in a few years. September varieties include Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Empire, Stayman and Spartan. Later varieties, most likely available in early October, include Red Delicious, Winesap, Rome, Granny Smith and Northern Spy. The orchard stand also sells pre-picked peaches, apple cider, apple butter, preserves and herbal products.
APPLE RIDGE RANCH -- 3549 Fiery Run Rd., Linden, off Interstate 66, Exit 18. 540-364-2079. Open weekends and holidays 9 to 6; closing sometime in November, depending on weather. This family-oriented farm offers 11 varieties of apples, including Red and Yellow Delicious, Staymen and York, available depending on weather. The farm also sells honey and pumpkins.
HARTLAND ORCHARD -- 3064 Hartland Lane, off Route 688 north, in Markham. 540-364-2316. www.hartlandorchard.com (includes directions). Open daily 8 to 6 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. An on-site press makes apple cider. Weather permitting, free hayrides take place Saturdays and Sundays. Other highlights at this family-owned working farm dating from 1775 include honey from on-site hives, cattle and horses for kids to look at and pumpkins. Picnic tables are available. Food specialties include caramel apples.
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 driver's licenses. Current varieties are likely to include Royal Gala, McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, followed later this month by Grimes Golden 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 bread, pies and apple treats, and a gift shop sells fresh cider and Virginia food items. Pumpkins will be available starting Sept. 22. Visitors can picnic at mountaintop tables and view farm animals. The orchard is a stop on the Fauquier Fall Farm Tour on Saturday from 10 to 5. Call the county Agricultural Development Office, 540-349-5314, or visit www.fauquierag.com to download a brochure.
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. 30. The 30-acre orchard, which has been 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. New this year, Fujis should ripen by mid-October. Other varieties may be available in limited supply. The farm also boasts 30 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. The free Pumpkin Patch play area features a straw maze, farm animals and antique farm equipment. Pony rides, for an additional fee, from 10 to 5. Hayrides $6, free for ages 2 and younger, start about every half-hour and feature an apple and small pumpkin for each passenger; moonlight hayrides take place Saturdays from 7 to 11. A "Happy Trails"-themed, seven-acre corn maze boasts about three miles of trails; check the Web site for special evening hours. $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors ages 65 and older, free for ages 4 and younger. 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. Open Sept. 23 and 24 and 30, 7 to 11, and, in October, Fridays 7 to 11, Saturdays from 1 to 11, Sundays 1 to 5, Oct. 20 and 27 from 7 to 11 and Oct. 31, opening at 5. Kids ages 12 and younger can visit an inflatable haunted maze, $3; adults may accompany young children for free. Helicopter rides every weekend for an additional fee. The farm holds a vine-cutting ceremony to celebrate its 10th anniversary of being open to the public for fall activities, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Hill High participates in the Frederick County's Fall Farm Fun Weekend, Sept. 24 and 25. R.E. Aylor Middle School Future Farmers of America members make apple butter and help with scarecrow making (additional fee, all supplies provided) Oct. 15; proceeds benefit chapter and community service activities. A free Johnny Appleseed celebration Oct. 22 and 23 features face painting, live bluegrass and food such as homemade apple butter. Pumpkins carved during a free contest Oct. 22 and 23 from 2 to 4 will be stacked on a tower and illuminated after sundown and on Halloween (free pumpkins provided). The farm has a picnic area and a variety of animals. The Packing Shed sells antiques and collectibles and fall produce and decorations during farm hours and by appointment.
MARKER-MILLER ORCHARDS -- 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester. 540-662-1980. 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 at this nearly 100-year-old farm offer pick-your-own apples during market hours. Varieties include Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Ida Red, followed by Crispin late this month and Fuji, Stayman and other varieties in October. Other features include pick-your-own pumpkins, fresh cider, a picnic area and an on-premises bakery specializing in items such as pies and apple-cider doughnuts. A Kiddieland playground area is new this year. The market offers Peaks of Otter wine tasting, $2, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 3. Wagon rides, $2, take place on weekends. The Fall Farm Fun Weekend on Sept. 24 from 9 to 4 and Sept. 25 from noon to 4 features free children's activities such as a pumpkin pitch game and tractor-pulled barrel-train ride, and a bounce house with a $1 admission fee. The free annual Apple Harvest Festival is Oct. 8 from 9 to 5 and Oct. 9 from 10 to 5. Highlights include the barrel-train ride for kids, a bounce house ($1), apple butter making, antique tractors, concessions and, during the afternoon, live music. A pumpkin festival Oct. 22 from 9 to 5 includes similar activities, plus a pumpkin toss game, $1. Sample apple-cider doughnuts and numerous varieties of cakes, pies and cookies at the free Bakery Festival Nov. 12 from 9 to 4.
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 through Thanksgiving weekend 10 to 6; closed Thanksgiving Day. This 52-year-old family orchard features five acres of semi-dwarf trees. Varieties most likely available for picking now through approximately mid-October include Golden Delicious and Red Delicious, followed by Ida Red and York around Oct. 10 and Fujis toward the end of October. Pick-your-own pumpkins also are available. Pick flowers until the first frost. The market also sells gifts, pies, hand-dipped ice cream and frozen home-grown beef, and has picnic facilities. Register by Wednesday for a chicken barbecue dinner benefiting the local fire and rescue department Sept. 24 from 4 to 6:30. The meal costs $10 adults, $6 children 10 and younger; the event includes live bluegrass music. The 12th annual Apple Festival is Oct. 15 from 8:30 to 6 and Oct. 16 from 10 to 6, with live bluegrass from 2 to 4, free hayrides, a petting zoo, crafts, food, and from noon to 6, children's pioneer games and pony rides, requiring additional fees. The orchard holds its fourth annual gourd festival, featuring gourd artisans, Nov. 5 from 8:30 to 5:30 and Nov. 6 from 10 to 5:30. Admission is free, but classes on creating gourd items require fees.
RINKER ORCHARDS -- 1156 Marlboro Rd., Stephens City. 540-869-1499. http://winchesteronline.com/rinker (includes directions). Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 north to Exit 307 (Stephens City). Turn left, go 21/2 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 106-year-old family business features a 100-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. Other varieties may be available in limited quantities. Pick pumpkins in October, possibly sooner. The orchard produces apple cider for sale. Apple butter making by the Stephens City Lions Club takes place Saturday and Sept. 24. Also Sept. 24, homemade apple pies and dumplings benefit the Sherando High School Band Boosters. 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. No Web site. The orchard, which contains about 900 semi-dwarf trees, is open for picking Saturdays 8 to 6 and Sundays 9 to 6 in September and October. Look for Golden Delicious, Braeburn and a limited supply of Red Delicious and Jonagold through the end of September. At the end of September or beginning of October, look for Law Rome and York. Other pick-your-own crops include raspberries through Oct. 2 and a limited supply of Asian pears. The market sells such specialty items as Loudoun honey. The farm also features pigs to look at and picnic tables. During the Farm Color Tour of the Loudoun Valleys on Oct. 15 and 16, the farm offers free, interpretive hayrides at noon, 2 and 4.
TARARA WINERY -- 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 2 1/2-acre orchard of full-size and some semi-dwarf apple trees features about a dozen varieties: Gala, Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonagold, Jonamac, Jonathan, Cortland, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Northern Spy, Granny Smith and Fuji. Check the Web site for a regularly updated list of what's currently available for picking. 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. A concert Saturday, 6 to 9, features the Reflex performing '80s music. Adults $10, free ages 12 and younger, with $1 discounts available for anyone bringing a non-perishable food item. The Great Grape Wine Festival, Sept. 24 and 25 from 11 to 5, features grape-stomping contests, grape-crushing demonstrations, food and craft vendors, wine tastings, hayrides, children's activities and live music by several bands. Adults $12, designated drivers and ages younger than 21 $8, younger than 6 free; discounts are available online. Bring a canned good to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc. The October Wine Days festival Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 to 5 during the Loudoun Fall Color Tour, features free live music and wine tasting, $5. The winery also offers bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
HIGH PLACES ORCHARDS -- 121 Winesap Lane, Flint Hill/Huntly. 540-635-5537. 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 likely available now at this 20-acre, semi-dwarf orchard include Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cortland and MacIntosh. In a week or so, pick Jonathan, Granny Smith, Stayman and Giant Winesap. York and Rome will be ready to pick around Oct. 1. Yellow Laurol and white Bella Georgia freestone peaches may still be available for picking this weekend. Visitors can picnic by a pond.
LEE'S ORCHARD -- 65 Orchard Lane, Washington. 540-675-3351 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. Open daily 9 to 5 until the end of October. The nine-acre orchard's semi-dwarf trees provide some Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, as well as Jonamac, Rome Beauty, Stayman and Winesap apples, most likely through the end of the month. 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 pastured-chicken meat.