As the weather is turning warmer (unusually warmer) these past few days, my thoughts have turned to that first delicious fruit of the season--strawberries. Mmmmmmmmm.
So I was wondering if you chowhounds have any preference for places to get fresh LOCALLY grown strawberries. (Safeway once advertised locally grown blueberries, so I went to get some. Turns out their idea of locally grown is New Jersey.) Growing up, we would just hit the farmer's markets on Saturday morning, but I haven't found an equal in the Balt/DC area.
So I have started going to a pick-your-own place in western Howard County called Larriland Farms. Picking usually starts the last week in May and goes through to mid-June. You pay by the pound. Which, since I have started canning works out well for me. But it is kind of a day-sucking thing. It is far to go, and hard on the knees, and eats up a lot of your day. Sometimes, you just want to be able to hit a farm stand on your way home from work, you know? Finding good, fresh, locally grown berries shouldn't have to be such work.
There is a farm stand on Old Gunpowder Road in Beltsville (between Ammendale and Briggs Chaney Rds.) that has good fresh stuff for a quick pick-up. Unfortunatley, I forget the name. The have good apples in season, too (I love Staymen apples for baking!)
Anyway...anybody else know of good places to get the goods? Favorite roadside stands, markets, orchards, etc. in the MD area? We are willing to drive if the produce is delish.
Below is a link to Larriland, if anybody else is into picking your own stuff. They also have pick-your-own berries of all kinds in season, peaches, apples, spinach, greens, etc. Their website is good source for what is ready to be picked and when, so you can plan your weekends around the good stuff.