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A Midsummer Guide to Berry Picking in Virginia and Maryland
22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown; 301-972-3299
Picking updates: There are still some blueberries out, but only through this week. Thornless blackberries will be ready later this month.
Just for fun: In the orchard’s shop, you can pick up 10-pound boxes of blueberries, good for freezing before winter. Also sold are assorted jellies and jams, including sugar-free versions, and fresh pies.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Closed Mondays.
2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine; 301-854-6110 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Picking updates: Blackberries are available for a couple more weeks, and three types of raspberries are on the horizon: Black and purple ones in another week, and red raspberries all summer long.
Just for fun: Desserts for sale include a fresh-baked “Very Berry” pie (the entire berry clan on one crust). The same fields also offer pick-your-own beets for another week.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed Mondays.
5600 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville; 301-926-6999
Picking updates: Thornless Blackberries will be pickable by this weekend, and red raspberries will be ready in mid-August.
Just for fun: Kid-friendly attractions include hayrides and a petting zoo. On their web site, co-owners Ben and Maureen Allnutt offer post-picking recipes for desserts like a blackberry-Frangelico torte and blackberry coffee cake.
Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM (fields close at 5:30).
3064 Hartland Ln., Markham; 540.364.2316
Picking updates: Some blueberry shrubs still out there, which will fizzle out by July 21.
Just for fun: Farmer Henry Green and his six kids run a honey stand on this farm, located by the breathtakingly scenic Blue Ridge mountains.
Hours: Open daily between 8 AM and 6 PM.
42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville; 540.822.9017 or email Patowmackfarm@megapie.net
Picking updates: Organic blackberries should be fully ripened by the last weekend of July.
Just for fun: Featuring an upscale restaurant with gazebo, an open-air tent, and a menu that uses farm-grown produce, this isn’t the hayride and horseshoe toss-type of farm. Special events happen monthly. Next up, on Friday, July 20, is a father-daughter dinner. An on-site farmers market is open every Thursday through Sunday.
Hours: Open weekends from 9 AM to 5 PM. Weekday picking is by appointment.
4 Pearlstone Ln., Delaplane; E-mail owner Tom Davenport at email@example.com
Picking updates: Raspberry plants were fully picked over last week, and will need another week to replenish. Blackberries will be ready by this weekend (both are priced at $5 a pint).
Just for fun: Farm owner Tom Davenport has YouTube videos documenting his pumpkin patch and bull fights. After fruit-picking, he recommends spending the day in nearby Scott Meadows Park, but cautions guests that a mischievous bear lurks around the farm, notorious for picking on pickers.
Hours: Closed this week, but reopening Saturday, July 19th. Picking is by appointment (hours vary)—e-mail Tom Davenport one day in advance.
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont; 540.554.2073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Picking updates: More blackberries are expected in about a week.
Just for fun: On this 200 acre farm at the base of Blue Ridge mountains, there's a kid-friendly turtle pond, hay rides, and horseshoe tosses. $5 admission.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.