The Best U-Pick Strawberry Farms near DC for Family Fun

Pick some prize strawberries at Swann Farms.  Photo courtesy of Swann Farms
Pick some prize strawberries at Swann Farms. Photo courtesy of Swann Farms

There’s nothing like the sweet taste of a ripe, juicy strawberry, especially fresh from the field. Pick-your-own berry farms are a great way to teach your kids where their food comes from, give them an appreciation for the earth and farms, and let them pick (and eat!) as many juicy fresh berries as they can handle.

Dozens of farms in the DC area offer seasonal berry picking. These 11 are Mommy Poppins’ picks for the best farms to pick strawberries with kids.

If you’re looking to pick other types of vegetables, fruit, and berries, check out these farms that offer pick-your-own options.

For the best picking experience, always check the farm website or give them a call before you head out. Availability, hours, and crop conditions can change rapidly. In addition, many of the farms require reservations, especially on weekends, to avoid overcrowding. Make sure you and your kiddos are dressed appropriately—it can get messy and muddy in the fields so boots are a good choice for footwear. Some of the farms welcome furry family members as well, but be sure to check the rules in advance.

U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Northern Virginia

1. Wegmeyer Farms — Hamilton, Leesburg

There are two locations to pick strawberries at Wegmeyer Farms in Loudoun County. A third location, Gilbert’s Corner in Aldie, offers pre-picked strawberries for sale and fresh baked donuts.

2. Yankey Farms — Nokesville

This family farm in Prince William County offers pick-your-own strawberries in the spring, pumpkins in the fall, and a summer produce stand.

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Strawberry picking at Yankey Farms
Enjoy some of these sweet treats from Yankey Farms. Photo courtesy of Yankey Farms

3. Braehead Farm — Fredericksburg

Braehead Farm has a variety of pick-your-own fruits and veggies available in addition to strawberries. The Play-grounds in the Barn Lot located right behind the farm offer lots of fun activities, including swings and slides, a corn pit, trikes and push tractors to ride, and farm animals to meet. 

4. Hollin Farms — Delaplane

This family-run farm about a 90-minute drive from DC is perched high on a hill with stunning views of the Virginia countryside. In addition to strawberries, Hollin Farms offers many other pick-your-own fruits and vegetables from late May through October; check the website for the long list, ranging from potatoes to okra to cherries. There’s also a farm stand where you can purchase fruits and veggies and free-range Angus beef.

5. Messick's Farm Market — Bealeton

In addition to strawberries, Messick’s Farm Market offers pick-your-own tomatoes in late July and August, pick-your-own flowers throughout the summer, and pick-your-own pumpkins. If your kids get bored picking, there’s a petting zoo where you can feed farm animals, a giant jump pillow, a climbing tower and slides, and a gravel digging pit with construction toys.

U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Maryland

6. Butler's Orchard — Germantown

One of the most popular farms for families in the region to visit, Butler’s Orchard has more than 23 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers to pick. This year, reservations are required so visit the website. Cut your own peonies will also be available in May and June. The small admission fee includes access to the Farm Park, a fun farm playground with giant slides, wooden climbing structures, farm animals to meet, and pedal tractors. Stay all day and grab a bite to eat at the Farmer’s Porch café.

7. Shlagel Farms — Waldorf

This family farm in Waldorf has been farming this land for more than 100 years. Strawberry picking season is open and reservations are not required; check the farm's Facebook page for daily updates on picking conditions. On weekends, the milkshake trailer sells fresh strawberry shortcakes, milkshakes, and ice cream cones.

8. Swann Farms — Owings

Strawberry picking season has begun at Swann Farms and conditions right now are optimal. Reservations are not required, but visit the website before you go to confirm hours for the day and picking conditions. The farm also offers U-pick blackberries, raspberries, apples, blueberries, and pumpkins when in season.

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Strawberry picking at Swann Farms
Strawberry picking conditions are ideal at Swann Farms. Photo courtesy of Swann Farms

9. Larriland Farm — Woodbine

This farm near Baltimore offers a variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, including cherries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, and pumpkins. The Red Barn farmer’s market also offers pre-picked produce for sale.

10. Weber's Peachberry Farm — Glen Arm

Weber’s Peachberry Farm generally offers pick-your-own strawberries from mid May through mid June. At its annual Strawberry Festival in early June, families can enjoy all kinds of strawberry treats and fun activities for kids, including tractor rides, barnyard animals to meet, gem mining, and balloon artists.

11. Baugher's Orchard — Westminster

Call the Baugher’s Orchard picking hotline at 410-857-0111 for the latest updates on conditions and hours for picking that day. In addition to pick-your-own fruits and veggies, Baugher’s Orchard also has several farm markets, a restaurant, and a petting zoo where kids can get close to farm animals and even feed them–animal food is available for purchase. There are several playgrounds near the petting zoo to keep kids entertained.

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