Strawberry season is upon us, and the DMV area abounds with panoramic pick-your-own (PYO) spots. These six Maryland and Virginia farms offer plenty of juicy berries — including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries — to pick throughout the summer.
Note: PYO start times are reliant on the weather and crop availability. Call ahead to check what’s growing. All farms and orchards require masks and social distancing in the fields.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays – Sundays
Butler’s summer harvest typically includes strawberries, tart cherries, black raspberries, blueberries and peas. The orchard is home to a range of adorable animals for you to visit and hosts private events, such as group berry picking, hayrides, bonfires and campfire party sites. Online reservations required.
Admission: $3 for ages 2+. PYO containers: $6 (quart), $25 (1/2 flat) and $45 (flat).
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
This family-owned farm has been in operation since 1973. Their season begins in late May or early June with the ripening of the strawberry crop and lasts until October. You can also pick tart cherries, red and black raspberries and peaches in the summer months. Check out their website for recipe ideas, including fun creations for kids like strawberry banana floats, sundaes and frozen fruit pudding.
Containers are offered in various sizes and must be purchased before picking.
Summer dates and hours will be announced in June
Homestead is one of the few farms in the area that doesn’t grow strawberries, which is why their PYO season starts in late June. Come for sweet and sour fruits like tart cherries, blueberries, yellow and white peaches and thornless blackberries. Kids can enjoy hayrides, visit a range of animals and watch the goats climb along the farm’s goat-walk.
Admission: $2 for ages 2+. Produce is sold separately by the pound.
Monday – Saturday, hours vary
Dating back to the 1850s, this scenic farm is home to historic barns from when it operated as a tobacco farm. From May to August, their berry patches are filled with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for you to pick.
PYO containers: $5 (quart), $20 (gallon). Outside containers are not allowed unless they were previously purchased from the farm, in which case you will receive a $1 discount.
Operating hours vary by location
Strawberry-lovers can fill their containers on the picturesque hillside field at Wegmeyer’s home farm in Hamilton or while enjoying the scenery at Oatlands Historic Mansion in Leesburg. Their Gilbert’s Corner location in Aldie isn’t open for PYO at the moment, but you can still buy pre-picked strawberries and fresh donuts daily.
Strawberry picking reservations are $26 and include a gallon container. Reservations must be purchased on their website the night before. Slots are posted daily 5-7 p.m.
Green Truck Farm
Hours depend on availability
A little bit further away, Green Truck Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains grows strawberries, blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries during the summer months. For peaches and cherries, continue through the farm to Hartland Orchard.
Berries are $3.99 per pound or $3.49 per pound if you pick two flats or more.