And now, we suggest to you yet another day trip. But can you blame us? The dog days of summer can take a toll on both body (dehydration, heat rash, that weird feeling of being coated in a strange filmy layer by the end of the day) and spirit (sure, a few months ago we couldn’t wait for summer, but now we start wondering if it will ever end). Our best bet to beat the heat? Get out of the city, and surround yourself with either water or trees or both. Our favorite kind of trees? The ones that bear delicious fruit. And what kind of fruit? Um, the kind you can make pies and jams out of. And all the better if you get to spend the day picking them yourself, of course.
The countryside that makes up most of Maryland is flush with pick your own farms and orchards, so there are plenty to choose from, should you not want to trek all the way to Westminster. But those who do head out to Baugher’s this season will find a variety of stone fruit, including white and yellow nectarines, plums, and of course peaches. And they’re delicious. They also offer tractor rides out to the trees for extra fun and luxury, as well as a petting zoo, playground, and more. Score one for summer pleasures, zero for the heat.
Baugher’s Orchard is located at 1015 Baugher Road in Westminster, MD. For hours and more information on what’s available for picking, visit www.baughers.com.
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