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Jun 6, 2009 11:57 PM

'Pick Your Own' Berry Farms

Where can I find Pick Your Own farms with fresh blueberries or strawberries? I'm looking something within easy driving of D.C. (under 1 hour). Organic/no spray or low spray would be great, but isn't necessary.

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  1. Larriland Farms in Woodbine. It might be at the one-hour limit depending on where you live, but it is absolutely terrific. Professionally run, but family run. So it is very personal, but there is a clear Web site that tells you what is available today and clear signs to get to the right fields, etc. Plus, great fruit.

    Larriland Farm
    2415 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD

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    1. re: HowChowBlog

      I second (or really third) the vote for Larriland. They have blueberries, blackberries,
      I think 3 different types of raspberries plus so many other things. Professionally
      run as you said, HowChowBlog, but still has a family-run feel. Very nice and
      peaceful. Easy to get to off I-70.

    2. I googled Pick your own farms dc area and found this which looks pretty extensive:

      I went to Homestead last week for strawberries and it wasn't great (maybe a bad day). Blueberries aren't quite in yet, but I'll go to Butlers for them. Have fun!


        Bad year for strawberries. Homestead Farm in Montgomery County has probably the best operation - always a good supply, but this year the quality is down. Moutoux Orchards in Loudon has strawberries. They are known mostly for their peaches (not pick your own) and sour cherries (they will be ready in a couple of years after having relocated). Many places that regularly have strawberries are already out for the season. Blueberries are mid to late summer. Always call first.

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        1. re: Steve

          too much rain - even the strawberries at the farmers market are poor.

        2. I've been to both Larriland and Homestead, and I prefer Larriland. The fields are neater and the picking easier.

          1. Went to Butler's this week. Strawberries were small but tasty. It is still a bit early for blueberries, but they did have white peaches.

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            1. re: mrsphud

              I like Butlers for blueberries, but it's true that they don't come in until the hot weather's here. That said, my sense is that Larriland is more committed to IPM ("low spray").