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  • justinbc

    Partner just went to Larriland Farms (Woodbine, MD) a week or two ago, the crop she brought back was pretty impressive. I have no idea if it’s an organic farm though.

  • Yes!! Looking forward to answers, I’ve been wanting to do this! I know there are a lot of farms out by Germantown. Anything closer?

  • KidFriendlyDC.com has a list of close-in places to go, great website for families and the young-at-heart too.
    We went to Westmoreland Berry Farm on the Rappahannock River (down in Northern Neck of Va., not far from Colonial Beach and there is a short nature hike trail there too) two weeks ago on a Saturday and they were out of berries by 1130 am and not letting any more hayride tractors go down to the fields unless they were with a group – all picked out.
    My advice is go early in the day to not sweat to death, and guarantee selection. Some very disappointed families standing around that berry farm gift shop. Luckily their warm shortcake with ice cream, berries and whipped cream was still available.

  • This website has been a great resource for me in the past for peach and berry picking:


  • Depends on what you consider driving distance. Most places in Virginia will be a couple hour drive from DC but it’s always a pretty drive and a great way to spend a weekend day, especially if you throw in a trip to a winery. I prefer Wegmeyer’s in Hamilton or Hollin Farms in Delaplane. Here is a list of a bunch though. http://www.pickyourown.org/VAnorthern.htm

  • We go to Homestead Farm in Poolesville, MD.

  • Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD. I was there last week for strawberries, and can’t wait for blueberries and blackberries! http://www.butlersorchard.com/

  • I look forward to the replies. sounds like a fun thing to do.

    However, I’ll also take suggestions on any non-organic farms. since I had no problem eating Frankenberry cereal as a kid, I’ll gladly pick and eat GMO-berries nowadays.

  • Butler’s Orchard in Germantown and Homestead Farm in Poolesville are both great family-owned spots, with lots of fresh seasonal options and good farm markets.

  • I head out to Great Country Farms for fresh fruit and vegetable picks. It’s located in VA, about an hour drive outside of DC. I have no idea if it’s organic, but the farm is huge and kid and pet friendly.


  • I haven’t found any pick your own places that are certified organic – the phrase you want to search for is “integrated pest management” for the next best thing. Hollin Farms in VA is great for strawberries.

    • Agree with this. I grew up working at Butler’s Orchard and while they are not 100% organic the idea is minimal use of pesticides.

      And I don’t want to start a whole thread of this but the term “organic” has been thrown around so loosely by the FDA that.. well I won’t say anymore.

      • Yeah, I don’t fault anyone for trying to eat healthy or even for having a visceral reaction against putting pesticides in their body, but the fact is that the non-“organic” produce fresh-picked from Butler’s or Homestead is likely to be healthier than a lot of the stuff that’s “certified” organic at the store.

        • Agreed! And just to be pedantic: USDA, not FDA, developed the standards governing “organic” claims in the U.S.

          • Ah, this is why I shouldn’t be on POP at work.. or the government should stop with all the acronyms

  • I’ve enjoyed picking in all seasons and a wide variety of fruit/veg Homestead, Larriland, and Butlers. In Waldorf, MD, is Shlagel Farms, which is where I went this year. If you’re interested in a lovely drive or perhaps a day trip to Frederick, Glade Link Farms is also excellent and usually has great prices. Not sure about organic certification, but you can certainly call and ask.

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