Organic Pick-Your-Own Farms in Maryland and Pennsylvania
November 18, 2019
By Victoria Parsons, ViP Consultancy, Co-Founder & Public Affairs Strategist
Autumn is here, and the leaves are all around us. With the holidays around the corner, this is a wonderful time to visit farms and orchards! Although apple season is coming to a close, pumpkin season is here. Maryland and Pennsylvania are home to several organic Pick-Your-Own farms and orchards. Certified organic farms implement practices to produce food without man-made chemicals and fertilizers, among other qualifications (USDA, 2019). A comprehensive definition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label can be found here. Happy visiting and upcoming holidays!
Country Pleasures Farm is a family-owned certified organic farm in Middletown, MD. Their orchard offers a variety of Pick-Your-Own fruits, including: apples, blueberries, black currants, tart cherries and pears. They also produce hard cider and wine under their Willow Oaks brand. Notably, Willow Oaks won the Governor’s Cup Gold and Silver Medals in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Interestingly, there is also a gallery of fine art, pottery and jewelry on-site. Country Pleasures Farm/Willow Oaks is a unique place to visit for a plethora of fruits, fine art, and cider— all you need to get ready for the holidays. Learn more here.
Fox Haven, a Fair Farms partner, is a farm, ecological retreat, and learning center in Jefferson, MD. They implement innovative organic, sustainable farming and permaculture practices to produce healthy foods. Fox Haven provides a variety of programs and workshops on regenerative organic farming and culinary experiences, in addition to fresh produce. Fox Haven is worth a visit not only for fresh produce, but also for a variety of experiential learning opportunities. Visit their website here.
Toigo Organic Farms, located in Carlisle, PA, grows certified organic produce. The healthy Pick-Your-Own food products they offer are: heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes on the vine, red bell peppers and eggplants. Their facility is an adaptive, re-use growing center: they capture and reuse the primary inputs (water, energy, and nutrients) required for production.Toigo Organic Farms is worth a visit for organic products, and the opportunity to learn about their noteworthy sustainable and innovative production practices. Find out more here.
Know of an outstanding Pick-Your-Own farm not listed? Email Fair Farms Campaign Manager Shelby Kalm: firstname.lastname@example.org!