If you are looking for local grown, pick-your-own berry farms in the Southern Maryland area than this article is here to help! As you read through this article you will find farms that offer pick your own berries in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s County and the surrounding area. Strawberry season usually lasts May-June; so if you haven’t had a chance to go picking than you’d better go soon. This article is updated for the 2021 season. Many berry fields in southern Maryland have a early season this year May 5-30, 2021.
Crop/Activities: Blackberries & Grapes
Location: 2790 Plum Point Road, Huntingtown, MD
Crop/Activities: Strawberries, Pick Your Own and ready, activities for kids and picnic area
Location: 7740 Swann Lane, Owings, MD 20736
Crop/Activities: Farmers market with fresh produces, flower center and pick your own strawberries.
Location: 5980 Broomes Island Rd. Saint Leonard, MD
Crop/Activities: Strawberries pre-pick or pick-your-own, garden and farmers market. Strawberry crop is ready for picking as of May 5th.
Location: 12850 Shlagel Rd Waldorf, Maryland 20601
ST MARY’S COUNTY
Crops/Activities: Uses natural growing practices and has blackberries & blueberries
Date: Blueberries July 4 to Aug 8; Blackberries July 4 to July 28; Monday to Saturday
Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: 43865 Thompson Farm Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301 373 8545
Forrest Hall Farm and Orchard
Crops/Activities: U-pick Greens & strawberries (crop expected at the end of May)
Location: 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD
Lyon Family Farm
Crops/Activities: Uses natural growing practices, strawberries (crop is ready as of May 8th)
Location: 39010 Lyon Ln, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Crops/Activities: strawberries, and pre-picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, petal cars, playground, sandbox.
Location: 37450 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood, MD 20618
PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY
Crops/Activities: Unfortunately pick your strawberries isn’t available this year. However, the farmers market is open with fresh eggs, produces and baked goods and amazing homemade soft served ice Cream.
Location: 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735
BERRY PICKING TIPS
- Call before you go. Make sure it’s a good day to pick and that they are open. Sometimes schools take field trips so it’s always good to ask.
- Go early in the day, it’s less crowded and not as hot.
- Forgo the stroller! It’s not easy tooting around tots in a stroller on the farm because of the muddy ground and the fact that the rows are to narrow. Baby wearing is a much better option. If you absolutely need a way to wheel a little one around I recommend bringing or borrowing an all terrain wagon.
- Pack supplies: Make sure you lather up with sun screen, bring a brimmed hat to shade your face and some wipes for wiping messy faces.
- For technique on picking strawberries off the vine visit this link
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM IN A BAG
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Cup Half & Half or Whole Milk
- 1 Tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 TBSP of pureed strawberries
- 1/4 Cup of Sugar
- Rock salt
- Ice Cubes
- Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN BAG:
- Combine the cream, vanilla, sugar and strawberries in to a ziplock bag and secure completely closed.
- Next, fill a ziplock bag with a little more than half full with ice and add the rock salt and shack gently to mix together.
- Than place the bag of ice cream ingredients into the bag of ice and seal the bag.
- Now for the fun part, wrap a hand towel around the bag and start shaking vigorously for about 10 minutes, or until the ice cream is ready. It should be thick and creamy not runny.
- You don’t want it to melt so serve right away and more importantly enjoy!
STRAWBERRY SEED COUNTING ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Felt or Paper
- Small Pom Poms or Raisins
- Small Tongs or Clothes Pin
HOW TO PLAY COUNTING STRAWBERRY SEEDS:
- Prepare a pre-cut strawberry using felt or paper.
- Set up small pom poms or raisins in a bowl or small pouch such as a pencil bag.
- Have little one roll the dice.
- Next they add that amount to the strawberry using the tongs. This activity is great counting skills and for dexterity/fine motor skills.
NON-COOK STRAWBERRY PLAY DOUGH
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 1/4 Cup of Salt
- 1/2 Cup of Boiling Water
- 1 Small Box of Jello
- 1 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
- 1 Tbsp. Cooking oil
HOW TO MAKE NON-COOK STRAWBERRY PLAY DOUGH:
- Combine all of the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Next pour boiling water into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a spoon.
- Add oil and knead with hands.
- Lastly, let cool in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
***The Playful Parent is not paid to endorse the farmers listed. This article was created to help make strawberry picking easy and fun for Southern Maryland Families.***