9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

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Living where we do, we’re super lucky to have so many apple picking farms nearby to choose from.

There’s nothing like going to an actual apple orchard and picking your own ripe, fresh apples to bring home.

In this post, we’re going to give you a list of the 9 best apple picking farms right here in the Frederick, Md area.

Apple Picking Farms in Frederick Md

For years, ever since our boys were toddlers, we’ve visited several area apple picking farms to pick our own apples.

Taking a drive on a gorgeous autumn day and pulling into a farm with acres of countryside is like a breath of fresh air!

We’re usually biting into our bounty of apples while driving back home, as we daydream about what we’re going to make with all those apples.

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Word-of-Mouth Recommendations for Apple Picking Farms

Terri and I already knew about most of the apple picking farms on our list, but we wanted to make sure we weren’t missing any.

So we asked our Housewives of Frederick County Facebook followers for some recommendations on their favorite apple picking farms located within about an hour of Frederick.

And, they answered the call, as always, and gave us their favorites.

Apple Picking Farms Are An Experience

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

These apple picking farms aren’t just for apples.

While you’re there, you can enjoy other activities as well.

Most of these farms have a farmers market, kids activities, a pumpkin patch, baked goods, hayrides, a corn maze, cider, already picked apples to buy, and even a petting zoo!

It’s an entire Autumn-time-of-year event!

Things to Know Before You Go to Apple Picking Farms

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Before loading up the car with the family and heading out to the orchard, there are a few things you need to know before you go:

  • It’s very important that you call the day you decide to take a ride out to your orchard of choice.
  • Most of these farms have a recorded message that is updated on a daily basis stating what apples are in season and any other important things to know before you go.
  • Most of these places also update their websites and their Facebook pages with important up-to-date information.
  • Apple picking days, hours, and conditions are approximate; they vary by the season & the weather.
  • Different varieties of apples ripen at different times in the season; For example, last fall, the apples became ripe much earlier than anticipated and many of the apples were done early on.
  • Pets (with the exception of service dogs) are not allowed at any of the apple picking farms listed in our post.

With these tips in mind, we give you our list of recommended apple picking farms.

What We’ve Included in Our List

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

We’ve included each farm’s website link, address, phone number, and apple picking season.

In addition, we’ve specified the days/hours they’re open for picking apples, the cost per pound, and the apple varieties they have to offer.

The prize for the most apple varieties goes to Distillery Lane Ciderworks. Wow!

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Keep in mind that the apple varieties listed for each farm get ripe at different times throughout the season, so they’re not all available at the same time.

I didn’t even know there were that many varieties of apples!

Also, we’d like to mention that Catoctin Mountain Orchard, right here in Frederick County, is the most popular with our readers.

Please note that as of this writing there are a few farms that are already done with pick your own apples for the 2019 season.

I’ve specified that below.

As always, call before you go.

1. Baugher’s Orchards & Farms

Baugher’s

1015 Baugher Rd
Westminster, MD 21158
(410) 848-5541

Apple picking season: August – October
Apple picking Days/Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: $1.49 per pound
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Staymen Winesap
  • Golden Delicious
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Idared
  • Jonagold
  • Red Delicious

2. Gardenhour Orchards – CLOSED FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Gardenhour Orchards

22511 Gardenhour Rd
Smithsburg, MD 21783
(301) 824-7466

Apple picking season: Mid September to Mid October
Apple picking Days/Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm
Cost: $12 for 1/2 bushel (about 28 lbs)
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Cameo
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Honey Crisp
  • Jonagold
  • Jonathan
  • Pink Lady
  • Red Delicious
  • Stayman

3. Larriland Farm

Larriland Farm

2415 Woodbine Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797
(410) 442-2605

9 Popular Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Apple picking season: Mid August to First Sunday in November
Apple picking Days/Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
Cost:
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Enterprise
  • Gold Rush
  • Granny Smith
  • Mutsu
  • Pink Lady
  • Stayman
  • Sun Crisp
  • Wine Crisp

4. Boyer Nurseries & Orchards

Boyer Nurseries & Orchards

405 Boyer Nursery Road
Biglerville, PA 17307
(717) 677-8558

Apple picking season: Early September through End of October
Apple picking Days/Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: .75 cents per pound
Apple Picking Varieties: See infographic below

9 Popular Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

5. Rock Hill Orchard

Rock Hill Orchard

28600 Ridge Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
(301) 831-7427

Apple picking season: August 24th to Mid October 2019 season is over.
Apple picking Days/Hours: Friday, Saturday, & Sundy
Cost: Small bag $12 (holds 5 to 6 lbs), Medium bag $21 (holds 10 to 12 lbs), Large bag $34 (holds 20 to 24 lbs)
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Blondee
  • Gala
  • Honey Crisp
  • Crimson Crisp
  • Rising Sun Fuji
  • Jonagold
  • Macoun
  • Jonathon
  • Golden Delicious
  • Red Delicious
  • Empire
  • Melrose
  • Keepsake
  • Smokehouse
  • Ida Red
  • Rome
  • Cameo
  • Mutsu
  • Winecrisp
  • Suncrisp
  • Stayman/Winesap
  • Granny Smith
  • CandyCrisp
  • Pink Lady (Maslin, Barnsby)
  • Heirloom
  • York
  • Goldrush
  • EverCrisp

6. Gaver Farm

Gaver Farm

5501 Detrick Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
(301) 865-3515

9 Popular Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Apple picking season: September through 3rd week of October – 2019 season is over.
Apple picking Days/Hours: Weekends 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: A Peck (2 dry gallons) size bag $20 & A 1/2 Bushel size bag $32
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Blondee
  • Buckeye
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Cameo

7. Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Catoctin Mountain Orchard

15036 N Franklinville Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
(301) 271-2737

Apple picking season: September & October
Apple picking Days/Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: Orchard entrance fee $2 per person; Half Peck Bag (5 to 6 lbs) $13, Peck Bag (11 to 12 lbs) $20, Half Bushel Bag (20 to 22 lbs) $30
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Autumn Gala
  • September Wonder
  • Crimson Crisp
  • Cortland
  • Jonagold
  • Mountain Honey
  • Cameo

8. Distillery Lane Ciderworks – 2020 Apple Picking Season is over

Distillery Lane Ciderworks

5533 Gapland Rd
Jefferson, MD 21755
(301) 834-8920

9 Best Apple Picking Farms in the Frederick, Md Area

Apple picking season: September to early November – Weekend of 10/18/19 is last weekend for 2019 due to weather conditions and apples ripening very early.
Apple picking Days/Hours: Most weekends – go to website for each weekend’s details
Cost: $1.99 per pound
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Goldrush
  • Sundance
  • Summer Rambo
  • St. Edmund’s Russet
  • Shizuka
  • Pixie Crunch
  • Pittmaston Pineapple
  • Malus Sieversii
  • Gravenstein
  • Jefferis
  • Gala
  • Vilberie
  • Harry Masters Jersey
  • Sweet Coppin
  • Wickson
  • Kingston Black
  • Tremlett’s Bitter
  • Stoke Red
  • Stembridge Cluster
  • Redfield
  • Porter’s Perfection
  • Hewe’s Crab
  • Fameuse
  • Dabinett
  • Bulmer’s Norman
  • Blue Permain
  • Zestar
  • Winesap
  • Splendor
  • Snowsweet
  • Roxbury Russet
  • Rhode Island Greening
  • Red Gravenstein
  • Pitmaston Pineapple
  • Newtown Pippin
  • Miller Red
  • Maiden Blush
  • Liberty
  • Lady
  • Grimes Golden
  • Goldrush
  • Golden Russet
  • Freedom
  • Fortune
  • Egremont Russet
  • Crabapples
  • Calville Blanc
  • Brown’s Apple
  • Bramley’s Seedling
  • Baldwin
  • Ashmead’s Kernel
  • Arkansas Black

9. Homestead Farm

Homestead Farm

15604 Sugarland Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
(301) 977-3761

Apple picking season: Late August through Late October
Apple picking Days/Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: Farm admission: $2 per person: Apples: $2.49 per pound, Over 20 lbs: $1.99 per pound, Over 100 lbs: $1.49 per pound
Apple Picking Varieties:

  • Pink Lady
  • Aztec Fuji
  • Cameo

Which apple picking farm is your favorite?

If you’re looking for more fun things to do to take advantage of everything fall has to offer, go to our posts on:

Summer’s Farm: The Most Important Reasons You Should Visit

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch: Your Inexpensive, Family Fun is Here!

Big Cork Winery: 5 Reasons You Must Visit

 

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