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Strawberry Picking at Larriland Farm



catch of the day fish (2)Summer has kind of snuck up on us, so if you haven’t gotten out to pick your own strawberries (or anything else) yet, we understand. But don’t let these short lived harvests pass you by! Few things beat munching happily on berries you just picked yourself– except maybe enjoying the strawberry shortcake you made with them. Or the pie. Or the jam. But that’s what’s great about picking your own. You can go home with enough for snacking, baking, and preserving (just as long as you don’t eat all of them in the car ride on the way home).

Get Up & Go! It’s the Weekend!


Baltimore Fishbowl WeekendGet Up & Go!

Ah, mid-September. Usually fall takes its time creeping into Baltimore, but not this year. School’s newly back in session, but already there’s some cool in the air. Though it’s still too early to dive into a pile of leaves, you can definitely dive into fall. Our picks for this weekend:

Head out to Larrliand Farms and spend the day picking Jona Gold apples, kale, raspberries, and tomatoes. While you’re there, be sure to get the scoop on October’s hayride offerings!

For a more mature day trip, you can head out to the Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster. Happening both days this weekend, the wine festival promises live music, food from fabulous restaurants, and of course locally crafted Maryland Wines.

Prefer to stay in-town? You can still get your festival quota in with HampdenFest. The festival that put toilet bowl races on the map stretches into the evening, so as the sun goes down, you can check out the brand new Le Garage, a beer and frites (that is, French fry) shop located on The Avenue. We doubt the frites are as healthy as the kale you could’ve been picking at Larriland, but we suspect that they’re at least as satisfying.

And for those thinking of revamping their wardrobes for the season, be sure to check out the Village of Cross Keys’ Fall Fashion Show— with looks on the runway from Ruth Shaw, Jean Pool, The Pied Piper, and more!

Pick Your Own Stone Fruit at Baugher’s


Pick Your Own Fruit

catch of the day fish (2)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.

Group Hayrides at Larriland Farm


Hay rides

catch of the day fish (2)Fall is just not fall without a little time spent on or around hay bales. Pumpkins now abound at grocery stores and farmers markets—reminding us that it is time to get outside and start soaking up the season, and enjoying the traditional activities of fall. Apple picking, pumpkin carving, and their more relaxing and passive friend: taking a hayride. If you’re looking for a great place to take the whole family, or for a good fall-themed birthday party spot, you may want to consider booking a group hayride at Larriland Farm in the coming weeks.

Pick Your Own Fruit at Larriland Farm


Pick Your Own

catch of the day fish (2)If you frequent a farmer’s market—like the Saturday Waverly market, or the all-out bonanza that is the Sunday morning market downtown under 83, you’ve probably noticed that summer food is here. Fruit, greens, squash, melons—it’s all happening. Hurray for Maryland’s long growing season, varied soil, and various micro-climates. In other words: we can grow a lot of stuff here—and it is oh-so-good. But why not get in on the action a little with a trip out to Larriland Farm, where you (and the kids) can pick your own strawberries (if they’re still there), raspberries, blueberries, and more (thornless blackberries, anyone??).

Christmas Trees and More at Applewood Farms


Applewood Barn Maryland

So, I love the holiday season—the lights, the cheer, the long-lost friends and relatives. But I am no fan at all of the cold. And I know I’m not alone in that. But even for those of us who welcome the freakish-but-maybe-the-new-normal 60 degree days of December, it can be hard to get into the holly jolly swing of things when it just doesn’t feel like winter. No, my solution is not draping your lawn and window sills with bunch of synthetic snow (though to each his own, I guess). But a good way to get the holiday season feel while making the most of the weather that is decidedly not seasonal is to head out to the country and get your Christmas tree right on the farm.

For 35 years, Applewood Farm in Whiteford (that’s about 50 minutes north of the city) has been selling Christmas trees and hosting holiday fun intended for those who wish to experience and create a family memory.  The family-run farm (the founders’ son just took over a few years ago) offers an extensive display of lights and greens, many model train displays, a reindeer antler toss, a petting zoo, a “kiddie maze”, and lawn bowling. As though that weren’t enough, guests can take a ride on the The Applewood Express—a narrow gauge 1870’s vintage steam train that runs on a scenic 3/4 mile tour of the lower meadow area of Applewood Farm.  Hay wagons run continuously through the fields of Christmas trees, allowing families easy access as they choose and harvest their own tree right there on the farm. Sure, there might not be any snow on the ground, but maybe that’ll make the stroll through the rows of trees just that much more leisurely.

Applewood Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. Admission to the farm is free, though a ride on the Applewood Express costs $4.00 for those over 3 years old. For more information, visit www.applewoodfarm.org

Pick a Pumpkin! Any Pumpkin!


Pick your own pumpkin at Larriland Farm in Maryland

Quick: grab a kid! Just grab one and trick (or treat) them into accompanying you to Larriland Farm for an idyllic fall day of picking your own apples and pumpkins and getting lost in the straw maze. Sure, you don’t need a kid with you to go to Larriland (a group of fun-loving friends will do) but the joy of picking out the perfect pumpkin with intent to carve is definitely enhanced by young company. That being said, you can always just go solo and spend hours getting the vibe of each pumpkin in the patch—preparing to be the Michaelangelo that simply frees the Jack-o-Lantern from its gourdish form. This more esoteric approach may appeal to some readers. Do it any way that suits you, but be sure to make the trip!