Where? Baugher’s Orchards & Farm, Westminster, Maryland, USA
How much? Their current admission fee is $4.00 pp There’s a small playground space by the entrance where kids can pretend play in features such as a wooden train. There’s also a petting zoo.
If you want to pick your own produce, which is obviously the main attraction of the farm, then you must buy a peck box. It’s a flat fee per box and you get to fill it all the way to the top. You don’t need to buy a box per person, which means you can buy only one box for everyone. See the picture below for prices.
Open/Closes: According to their website, as of now, the farm is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Even though, they do state to always call before heading there to make sure there’s produce available for picking.
The number to call is 410-857-0111
Their website is very organized and has a lot more information. Check it out to see what produce is currently available for picking and everything the farm has to offer which ranges from an on site restaurant, a market with fresh fruits and veggies, a petting zoo and more. Click the picture below to access their website.
Pets: No pets allowed.
Also, the following things are not allowed either: food, drinks, picnic blankets, bags, picnic baskets or anything of the sort. You can bring a purse. A normal size purse that is obviously holding your personal belongings only and won’t serve as a place to hide some produce there!
Restrooms There’s a real restroom by the entrance, next to the market and ticket booth. It seems like I used it right before someone was too late to get to the toilet, good timing, ha! But apart from that, the rest was clean. There are two toilet stalls (yeah, I screamed a little when I push the door to the one where the accident happened), soap and water to wash your hands too. There’s also portables with hand washing stations at the cherry and strawberry/pea field.
More details of Our Experience
Baugher’s Orchards and Farms is located in Westminter, Carroll County, Maryland, USA. The drive to this farm promises to take you away from the busy traffic surrounding the DMV. It’s a beautiful scenic drive through Carroll County’s well maintained country roads.
The number one reason why I visited this farm last Monday is because it was the only one near Frederick County open on Monday and with pick your own produce available. Before finding this gem, I considered visiting Catoctin Mountain Orchard but at the moment they didn’t have produce available for picking.
Like if the odds were in my favor, a quick Google search led me to this farm. It was absolutely worth the one hour drive. The farm is beautiful and very organized.
You park right beside the entrance, where the ticket booth is. That’s also where the farm market, restaurant, restrooms and playground are. After paying your ticket, you wait for a truck that drives back and forth every fifteen minutes, to take you to the cherry field.
Once you arrive to the field you are free to roam all around and pick your own cherries. They have many varieties to pick from. My kids preferred the dark purple ones.
There’s a portable with a hand wash station at the cherry field (and at the strawberry field too). There’s also metal ladders to help you reach cherries that are high in the trees, and employees on site assisting visitors with moving and setting up the ladders. I really liked that!
We definitely needed help moving the ladders. The best part was that the kids were able to use the ladder as well. They were very eager to climb and pick all the cherries they could reach. Talk about engagement!
I highly suggest you bring a hat, water and/or juices for the kids that can fit in your purse, maybe shades, and apply plenty of sunscreen because the sun shines very bright. The cherry trees provide a little bit of a shade but during summertime it’s hot and you’ll need to hydrate quickly.
We filled our peck box in about an hour, which was more than enough because at that point we were all hot and sweaty, so we headed back to the spot where the truck picks you up. There’s a bench there. After that, we went to the market, bought some goodies like blueberries, zuchinni, homemade chocolate cookies, and went back to the car to drive to the strawberry field, because you get there (and to the pea field) on your own car. Just follow the signs and drive all the way down on Baugher Rd.
There weren’t a lot of strawberries on Monday. Therefore, you really needed to move the big leafs and find them. My little one was particularly eager to complete the task. It was very fun to find strawberries, specially big ones, hiding from the sun under the leaves. Since we collected a lot of cherries, we didn’t have a lot of space left for strawberries. But that was perfect because there weren’t too many anyways. Also, at that point we were tired of being under the sun.
Next to the strawberry field is the pea field, if you are interested in that. We weren’t, so after we completely filled our peck box, we left.
As I mentioned before, there’s a portable and hand wash station at the strawberry/pea field. See picture below.
We didn’t stop at the petting zoo because we were very sun tired. But drove past it (it’s on your way to/from the strawberry and pea field) and it has a small playground, goats, and such. Best advice, go right when they open, at 9:00 AM, to avoid the cruel heat after noon.
All in all, this is a great farm. The pick your own experience was enjoyable and totally worth the cost. The market and the rest of the amenities were great as well. I would definitely visit again!
For another Pick Your Own farm experience, I recommend Butler’s Orchard in Germantown. Check my blog post here.
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