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Harvard2010 Jun 11, 2009 02:53 PM

Hi guys,

Do you know of a place to pick berries (strawberries or any berries really) that is accessible without a car? I know it's a long shot b/c farms are by their nature not really near public transportation, but maybe there's a place in Virginia or Maryland that runs little shuttles to a bus or metro or train stop?

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    lcool Jun 12, 2009 03:57 AM

    I can't help you out.You are asking a tough one.
    ?Get to know the locals at your farm market,customers and purveyors.Try to form a ?car pool outing with like-minded people.I have 3 or 4 friends that do not own an auto or drive
    Several of us offer and arrange for inclusive excursions,shopping etc.
    there are a few farmer/organic/market/csa/ web sites for this area DC / Baltimore / Richmond west to interstate Route81 that may have some of what you are looking for .I just don't know.I'll try to post an url or two later

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      lcool Jun 12, 2009 05:50 AM

      some info that perhaps will help
      most folks involved are very helpful,with some real passion about the chosen career path
      http://www.farmfoody.org
      http://www.rawdc.org
      http://www.naturalmd.com
      http://www.marylandagriculture.com
      http://www.localharvest.org
      http://www.pickyourown.org

      field,meetup and work for/exchange trips turn up later in the growing season

      1. ktmoomau Jun 12, 2009 06:19 AM

        Why don't you get a zipcar for the day? I don't know any pick your own place that does what you describe. They are trying to cut overhead so the shuttle thing isn't really their thing.

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          Elyssa Jun 12, 2009 06:38 AM

          This is what I did when I went apple picking in the Fall (to Lariland Farms, which also has berry picking and is lovely). You can also try Priceline if you want the car for longer---you can name your price and it could end up being pretty cheap. A really fun, nice day trip!

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            ChewFun Jun 12, 2009 06:47 AM

            You could walk the alleys of Del Ray and pick the blackberries growing there (sorry non are available yet). I'm not kidding about this.

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              Sam Fujisaka Jun 12, 2009 07:21 AM

              Where is that?

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                Elyssa Jun 12, 2009 07:48 AM

                You should check out the article in the NYTs yesterday about urban fruit picking. It was very interesting. Not sure if there is a lot to be found in our area (compared to all the wonderful fruits discussed in LA and SF) but you never know: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/din...

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                  lcool Jun 12, 2009 08:08 AM

                  we used to have a lot
                  Since mowing has become so ??? rampant much has been lost.The roadsides are so sterile until you get pretty far out.
                  We are preserving,low impact managing 3 soon to be 4 fence rows about 1/8 of a mile each as ungroomed "hedge rows" for berries ,us and the critters.

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          Harvard2010 Jun 12, 2009 08:40 AM

          Thanks all, I knew it was a long shot but thought I'd ask. I think I'll split a zipcar with friends and go to Homestead Farm as the posters on this post raved about it - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/177508

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            wookyluvr Jun 12, 2009 09:17 AM

            Be sure to call Homestead the day you are going out to make sure it's worth your while. There is not much there now unless you want tart cherries. The strawberries kinda sucked this year (weather) and they don't have blueberries at Homestead.
            http://www.homestead-farm.net/

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              Steve Jun 12, 2009 12:24 PM

              I only go to pick two kinds of fruit: Strawberries because of their incredible size and juiciness and tart cherries because they are fun to pick and its hard to find fresh tart cherries in the stores. We enjoyed picking strawberries this year despite the fact that quality was down. Call first about the tart cherries, I am surprised they are already available .

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                wookyluvr Jun 12, 2009 12:27 PM

                Yup, the tart cherries are in at Homestead right now.

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