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Pick Your Own Weekend Getaway

October 31, 2018

Great spots for seasonal produce near your college apartment.

Nothing completes the autumn season like a trip to a u-pick. Luckily, there are dozens of local farms and orchards with seasonal produce near your ROSS college apartment. Check out our list of the best spots near Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. Every locale has multiple fall foods to pick and a rating of 4.5 or higher. Explore one and all!


Butler’s Orchard | Germantown, MD

Pumpkins and blooming sunflowers are being picked at this orchard right now. Later in the season, you can get your bushel full of crisp apples, too!


Larriland Farm | Woodbine, MD

In addition to pumpkins, apples, flowers and herbs, Larriland Farm is providing something spectacularly autumnal. Grab a just-fried apple fritter or buy lunch from a food truck on the weekends. Five days a week until their fall festival is over, enjoy a straw maze, a boo barn for the kids and hayrides for all.


Homestead Farm | Poolesville, MD

This family farm is currently picking apples, pumpkins and fall vegetables. At their country store, you can also procure jams and preserves, homemade honey and ciders of all kinds. Free hayrides are available to the public on weekends and they’ll be open on Columbus Day!


Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA

Further south, apple season is well under way. Hand pick a bag of your favorite kind or sign up for their CSA for a weekly dose of sweet. Their pumpkin patch is open, too, with eating and carving pumpkins available.


Stribling Orchard | Markham, VA

Enjoy pumpkins just in time for the Halloween season as well as seven different kinds of apples. This scenic orchard has a log cabin and whitewashed house at its center. The perfect fall getaway!


Braehead Farm | Fredericksburg, VA

This Virginia farm has the biggest variety of them all. Pick field greens, spinach, kale, collards, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash for a weekday dinner. Pick some blackberries and raspberries before the winter frost sets in and pick up some sunflowers for the table on your way. In addition, Braehead Farm has its own kitchen, which is open for lunch seven days a week.


Choose a college apartment that allows you to dine in the city on the weekdays and escape to the country on the weekend. A truly great apartment will give you the best of both worlds. Find your best with ROSS. Take a tour today.