Apple Picking Around the DC Area

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Apple Picking around DC is easier than you think. There are a number of farms and orchards that allow you to pick your own Golden Delicious, Idareds, Wolf Rivers and more. Some even offer wine and live music on the weekends while other sell other vegetables and beef. Clearly you have lots of choices in both Vriginia and Maryland.

Baugher’s Orchard

Drving to Baugher’s Orchard at 1015 Baugher Road in Westminster reminds me of what a beautiful state Maryland is.  This part of Maryland is gentle rolling hills and lots of gorgeous farmland that makes me dream of retiring to a goat farm.  (I have a past client who raises goats in Poolesville and vegetables for sale so if you want more information about that farm, just ask me.)  

Right now you can pick Galas, several varieties of Fuji and Macintosh apples in addition to sunflowers.  Baugher's charges $13 for a half peck, $25 for a peck, $50 for a half bushel.   Baugher’s Orchard also has a bakery, market, restaurant and picnic areas besides the apple picking and petting zoo.  Pair apple picking with a visit to the petting zoo’s donkeys, chickens, and goats. Plan to leave the backpacks and strollers at the visitor area: They aren’t allowed in the orchard.

Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Bring your own bag and pay the $3-per-person entry fee before heading into the trees for fall apples. Sales are cash only but there is an ATM on site. There’s also a produce market and a bakery stocked with apple treats.  Catoctin Mountain Orchard has an extensive collection of apples to pick – some of which I have never tasted.   Doesn’t the opportunity to pick a Honey Mountain, a Crunch-A-Bunch or a Rosalee make you want to head for Thurmont? My mother in law was Rosalie, so I think I have to bring some Rosalee apples home for my husband.   This orchard is at 15036 North Franklinville Rd in Thurmont – another beautiful drive.  Catoctin Mountain Orchard charges $13 for a half peck, $23 for a peck, $32 for a half bushel. 

Gaver Farm

The Gaver Farm in Mount Airy turns apple picking into a full day of autumnal activities.  You can visit the pumpkin patch, catch a hayride, or nosh on an apple cider donut. The farm is also home to pedal karts, jump pillows, a 7-acre corn maze, and a mini version for kids ($13.50 per person on weekdays, $18.75 on September weekends, $21 on October weekends, children under two for free).  Apples are selling for  $25 for a peck, $40 for a half bushel.

Gaver Farm also has 60 acres of cut your own Christmas trees and fresh cut trees that hey will wrap and put on your car.  Gaver is at 5501 Detrick Road in Mount Airy, a charming little town worth a visit too.

Hollin Farm

Don’t worry about bringing bags and baskets to Hollin Farm.  Containers are provided, and large bags or purses are not allowed. In addition to apples, visitors can also pick their own Asian pears ($25 per peck) and dig potatoes ($1.50 per pound).  Hollin Farm also sells seasonal vegetables like kale and mustard greens.  Their apple list is interesting too.  Have you ever had a Wolf River, an Idared or a Fireside apple?   Hollin Farm is located at 1524 Snowden Road in Delaplane.

Hollin Farms also sells farm raised, antibiotic free beef.  The farm was started by the late Robert C. Davenport in the early 1950s. The farm is named after Hollin Hills, an award-winning community of modern houses that he developed in Fairfax County in the 1950s and 60s. At Hollin he focused on performance testing bulls, and over 50 years developed an outstanding purebred Angus herd, selling bulls to mainly commercial cattle operations. He was awarded the Virginia Cattleman of the Year award for his efforts at improving beef cattle in Virginia.

Stribling Orchard in Markham Virginia

This family-run orchard features 23 types of apples like Nittany, Lodi and Rambo to pick throughout the season. Apples are $2 per pound, $20 for a peck. There are plenty of picnic spots, and weekend visitors can sip Virginia wines and ciders while listening to live music. Stibling Orchard is located at 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane in Markham, VA.   You have to love Stribling – it has one of the lowest prices for a peck of apples and you can sip some wine or cider after all your hard work and even listen to live music.  There is even some fascinating history to learn while you are there.  Construction of the main house, “Mountain View”, began in the mid 1700’s as a one room, two and a half story structure. The property was part of the 1733 Charles Burgess land grant. The first lease was granted to William Marshall, uncle of Chief Justice John Marshall, in 1765. In compliance with the lease agreement, the first 100 apple trees were planted on the site.  That sounds like a spectacular way to spend a day in the country!

Hartland Farm in Markham Virginia

Hartland Orchard lets you embrace fall vibes near the Blue Ridge Mountains and pluck different types of apples throughout the season. Pumpkin picking is also available at the Virginia spot, as well as cider and honey from the orchard.  It’s nice that Hartland Farm and Stribling Orchard are so close.  If you arrive at one and think it might be too crowded or you don’t like the apples available for picking that day, you can change your plans and head over to the other farm.  Apples here are $20 a half bushel

Homestead Farm in Poolesville

Entry to this Maryland farm at 15604 Sugarland Road in Poolesville costs $3 per person and includes access to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, as well as face time with the animals. If you’re looking to bring home more than apples, the market also offers honey, flowers, and cider.   I feel like nearly every child I have ever known has gone to Homestead Farm to pick apples or pumpkins as part of a school trip.  Earlier in the season, Homestead Farm was selling other seasonal fruits like strawberries, cherries, blueberries and peaches.  Apples here are $2.19 a pound, more than some of the other farms but much closer to DC. 

Comments (21)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise Howe  when we lived in CT my parents took us to apple picking places... then as we got older we were just happy to buy the bushels someone else picked:)Endre

Sep 25, 2023 09:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’d like a good assortment of apples and some cider and then maybe a pie eventually at the end of the week to have a big dessert day!

Sep 25, 2023 10:04 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, I would not have thought DC was the place to grow apples.   Great post.

Sep 25, 2023 11:06 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. Have not been apple picking in a very log time. Many of the orchards have given way to housing, office or industrial development. Your post has me thinking of the past, the good old days. Enjoy your day.

Sep 26, 2023 04:26 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many places to pick apples in your area, I love it.  I hope that none of the orchards are being sprayed with chemicals and ruining the fruit.

Sep 26, 2023 05:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good idea for a localism post that will probably get a lot of eyeballs! This is the time of year for all those yummy apple treats.

Sep 26, 2023 05:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

I love picking apples! Growing up in upstate NY our family always went apple picking in the fall and came home with baskets of apples! My mom always made applesauce and canned them, apple pies, bakes apples, apple crunch...OMG I can almost smell those pies cooking! 

Sep 26, 2023 05:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... certainly no lack of apply picking options in your area. I've never been apple picking, but then again I'm not much of an apple "fan."

Sep 26, 2023 05:32 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Endre Barath, Jr. I have to take my husband to Baltimore today for a Dr Appointment - I think I will stop at the Gaver Farm to pick up some apples - already picked.  Like you - I think I will pass on actually picking them. 

Sep 26, 2023 06:02 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander, Broker - an apple away keeps the doctor away!  I like baked apples with clotted cream.  

Sep 26, 2023 06:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lise Howe LOL, Lise! I can't remember the last time I was sick and needed a doctor! More years than I can count... so I think I can go on without apples!

Sep 26, 2023 06:12 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I think I am going to get some apples today from the farm in Mount Airy because I am heading in that direction - some apple crunch or baked apples sounds so good on this miserably dreary day.  It is still raining here (which I know I should be grateful for.) 

Sep 26, 2023 06:06 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kat Palmiotti - always trying to get that localism feeling working for us! 

Sep 26, 2023 06:07 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England I agree with you.  It is fun to go to the orchards and see what the different offerings are and hopefully they are pesticide free. 

Sep 26, 2023 06:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

TODD PICCONI INLANDEMPIRE & SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, CA I am glad you liked the post - you are from such a beautiful part of the country.

Sep 26, 2023 12:46 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Laura Cerrano - thanks for your comments -I hope that there is a pie in your future. 

Sep 26, 2023 12:47 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wayne Martin - I always have this fantasy of going to pick apples or peaches or even strawberries - and then the urge and the season pass together 

Sep 26, 2023 12:48 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Joan Cox - Virginia is actually well known for its apples - they have an apple festival every year out in the Shenandoah near Winchester. 

Sep 26, 2023 12:48 PM
Joan Cox

Lise, learn something all the time here in the Rain.  THX.

Sep 26, 2023 01:05 PM
Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism

Thank You Lisa...I love it here...and I feel the same about where you live!  Enjoy your week!  

Sep 26, 2023 02:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. I hope you will be baking some apple pies.

Sep 27, 2023 06:54 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise, now you have me wanting to make a Apple Pie this weekend if I can find some good apples.


Sep 28, 2023 09:59 AM