9 Places to Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins in Washington

Head to these local farms for gourds, apples, and more.
PIck your own apples and pumpkins at one of these local farms. Image via Shutterstock.


Homestead Farm

Poolesville, MD; 301-977-3761 (for a recorded message of picking conditions)

Miles from downtown Washington: 25

Pumpkins: Pick-your-own pumpkins are available for 59 cents per pound.

Apples: A wide variety of apples are prime for picking right now, including Enterprise and Aztec Fuji. All apples are $1.79 per pound.

Added fun: Public hayrides to the pumpkin patches are offered Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 4:30 ($3 per person). Look for squash and fall mums in the on-site market, open 9 to 6.

Hours: Picking fields are open daily from 9 to 5.

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm

Brookeville, MD; 410-489-2572

Miles from downtown Washington: 26

Apples: For sale in the farm’s market.

Pumpkins: After a scenic and free hayride, visitors will have more than seven acres of patch to choose from. 59 cents a pound.

Added fun: Sharp’s has a slew of activities for all ages such as pick-your-own popcorn, an educational corn maze, and JZ’s Brick Oven Pizza truck (for additional fees).

Hours: Pick-your-own pumpkins and the farm market are available Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5.

Zekiah Farms

Waldorf, MD; 240-216-4065

Miles from downtown Washington: 32

Apples: A new variety arrives each week, available by the pound, half bushel, and bushel.

Pumpkins: Zekiah offers pre-picked pumpkins from its patch through November.

Added fun: The farm hosts an annual fall festival, featuring a ten-acre maze, face painting, farm animals, and more. Admission is $8 per person.

Hours: Pumpkins are available at the on-site store daily 10 to 6; festival and maze hours are 10 AM to dark on Saturday and Sunday.

Butler’s Orchard

Germantown, MD; 301-972-3299

Miles from downtown Washington: 33

Pumpkins: Pick your own admission is $7

Apples: All of their apples have been harvested this season.

Added fun: Admission for the Pumpkin Festival is $11 per person.

Hours: Pick-your-own fields open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 to 5:30.

Larriland Farm

Woodbine, MD; 301-854-6110 (for a recorded message of picking conditions)

Miles from downtown Washington: 40

Pumpkins: Pumpkin conditions are excellent and are expected to stay so through October—pick some here for 59 cents per pound.

Apples: Several varieties are ripe and ready to pick: Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Magnolia Gold, and Ida Red. Check back in late October for more choices, including Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Fuji. Apples are $1.49 per pound.

Added fun: Pumpkins and apples may be this season’s main attraction, but there is also an abundance of greens, raspberries, and flowers available to pick and cut. A spooky Boo Barn and a child-friendly straw maze will be open every day for an additional fee.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 to 6, and Saturday and Sunday 9 to 5.

Gaver Farm

Mount Airy, MD; 301-865-3515

Miles from downtown Washington: 47

Apples: Fuji and Cameo apples are currently available after the purchase of either a $20 peck bag or a $35 half bushel bag. Be sure to call ahead before visiting the orchard, as it is only open when apples are available.

Pumpkins: Catch a free hayride to the patch on the weekends to score a pumpkin for 49 cents per pound. Fifteen acres of designated pick-your-own land guarantees there will be plenty of pumpkins to go around through the month of October.

Added fun: As part of the farm’s Fall Fun Nights, guests can reserve their own campfire site for $60 and enjoy more than 40 different activities including slides, trains, and an obstacle course.

Hours: Daily 10 to 6, and Saturday and Sunday 6 to 9.

Great Country Farms

Bluemont, VA; 540-554-2073

Miles from downtown Washington: 58

Pumpkins: Multiple varieties are ready to be picked, including Cinderella. 59 cents per pound.

Apples: Going fast, call ahead.

Added fun: Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch for $8 for children and $10 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for adults on weekends. Weekends include live music and pig races; for the price of admission, adults can also taste three wines at Bluemont Vineyard across the way.

Hours: Daily 9 to 6.

Stribling Orchard

Markham, VA (in the Shenandoah Valley); 540-364-3040

Miles from downtown Washington: 59

Pumpkins: Not available

Apples: The orchard currently carries an assortment of pick-your-own fruit on its 30 acres of apple trees, including McIntosh, Jonathan, and Golden and Red Delicious. Rome and Ida are also available pre-picked.

Added fun: The on-site bakery offers treats such as apple pie and apple-cinnamon raisin bread.

Hours: Picking fields and harvest house open Tuesday through Sunday 9 to 4:30.

Baugher’s Orchard & Farm

Westminster, MD; 410-848-5541

Miles from downtown Washington: 63

Pumpkins: Head over to this 100-year-old farm for gourds priced at 49 cents a pound.

Apples: The apple supply is going fast. Currently a limited supply of Red and Gold Delicious, and Shizuka apples can still be found in the orchard. It’s best to call ahead. $1.49 per pound.

Added fun: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch and orchard (just $1) offer visitors a scenic view of the surrounding countryside. Farm visitors can stop by the petting zoo to visit lambs, pigs, ponies, calves, rabbits, and sometimes kittens.

Hours: Picking hours for October are Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5.

A version of this post appeared online in 2013.

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