Pick produce, pet alpacas, and cultivate a better appreciation for Maryland agriculture at these working farms.
Finish: White Hall
Distance: 2 days, 3 stops, 51.6 miles
1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
At Milburn Orchards in Elkton, you can pick your fill of fruit through the summer; the family-owned farm offers blueberries, blackberries, peaches, raspberries, grapes, and apples. Their harvest schedule has something to pick from June through October. After filling baskets with your bounty, kids can play in the Big Backyard, while the adults rest on the Orchard View Deck with lunch from the Farm Market and Bake Shop. Plan your visit around one of their harvest parties and check their website to see what’s in season for picking.
Pick your next farm to enjoy the bounty of the summer.
Three Oaks Farm Alpacas
1437 Sharon Acres Rd, Forest Hill, MD 21050
Schedule a tour of Three Oaks Farm Alpacas in Forest Hill for an educational experience full of grooming, feeding, and interacting with the animals. Kids will enjoy playing in an indoor farm-market play place and learning the differences between llamas and alpacas. The farm is also home to donkeys, sheep, goats, and chickens for a full farm experience. The farm hosts various events throughout the year but pre-scheduling a tour here will be a highlight of your trip.
Keep the farm filled road trip going by exploring the Harford County Barn Quilt Trail, which includes stops at Broom’s Bloom Dairy and Steppingstone Farm Museum, then stay the night at this 1765 Log Cabin.
Star Bright Farm
2950 Garrett Rd, White Hall, MD 21161
Located on the hillside in Northern Baltimore County, Star Bright Farm offers a wide range of lavender experiences. The Barn Market hosts a well-stocked store and event space. The lovingly restored red barn is a shopper’s delight. Star Bright Farm offers pick your own lavender, sunflowers, zinnias, blueberries, and tomatoes through the summer. Fresh herbs are available for purchase as well. Be sure to check out their workshops, activities, and sunset concert series on the event calendar.
Continue your farm experience with a local beer at nearby Big Truck Farm Brewery. Love lavender? We’ve got more stunning lavender farms to visit.
Rocklands Farm Winery
14531 Montevideo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
Heading a little further south on your trip? Check out Rocklands Farm Winery. The rustic charm immediately grabs your attention when pulling up to the property. Surrounded by pastures and woods, the winery and working farm feel much further than 20 miles from the nation’s capital. Here you’ll find a tasting room and market located at the base of the grand red bank barn, and outdoor seating sprinkled throughout the property. The grapes used in their delectable wines are grown and fermented on-site by Rocklands’ winemaking team.
Find out what other ag-cellent experiences you can enjoy while in Montgomery County.
Lead Photo: Milburn Orchards