Take Home Your Own Apple Harvest

September is peak apple season and Montgomery County, Maryland is home to many orchard options. From taking a tractor-driven trolley ride at Butler’s to grabbing a freshly baked pie at Lewis’, there are plenty of choices for all apple lovers. No need to pick just one!

Butler’s Orchard

22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown Maryland 20876

Check out Butler’s Orchard for the following apple varieties: Honey Crisp, Cortland, Gala, Stayman, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Mutsu. Apple cider and apple baked goods are also available in the market. Starting September 24th, stay for the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Festival, including pick-your-own options, hayrides, jump pads, farm animals and much more. Family favorites also include the pumpkin cannon, pony rides and face painting.

Rock Hill Orchard

28600 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771

Apple varieties available for pick-your-own at Rock Hill Orchard include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman, Melrose and Rome. Other vegetables and herbs also available for picking and in the farm market. Of course, don’t forget to grab a scoop of cow-to-cone ice cream.

Homestead Farms

15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837

Homestead Farms features pick-your-own CrimsonCrisp, Aztec Fuji and Pink Lady Apples. Additional varieties of apples are available in the market as well as pumpkins, vegetables, apple cider, fall mums, preserves and honey. $3 farm admission allows access to pick-your-own areas, farm animals, picnic tables and farm refreshment stand.

Kingsbury’s Orchard

19415 Peach Tree Road Dickerson, MD 20842

Kingsbury’s Orchard is a small family farm with a wide variety of apples to pick. Visit their website to see what is ready to harvest. This orchard is also an excellent opportunity to pick Asian pears. Similar to an apple, these pears are packed with flavor and perfect for baking.

Lewis Orchards

18901 Peach Tree Road Dickerson, MD 20842

Pick-your-own varieties include Fuji, Camero, Jonigold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Sun Crisp and Empire Apples. Before heading home, stop by Lewis Orchards’ market building to pick up a freshly baked pie.

Waters Orchard

22529 Wildcat Rd., Germantown, MD 20876

Come jump aboard Waters Orchard’s wagon to experience their unique orchard. They offer an abundance of apples to harvest. Picking is fast and easy for the entire family! October varieties include Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Ladies, Galarina and Enterprise. While you’re there, grab a tasting flight of Doc Water’s Cider, fresh from the farm.

For more fun on the farm, check out the breweries and wineries within the Ag Reserve along the Tastemakers Trail.