Whether you’re looking for pick-your-own farms or local markets, opportunities to experience the area’s thriving strawberry scene are abundant. We’ve pulled a few ways you can get your strawberry fix in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Fun Fact! According to the Office of Agriculture, Montgomery County has the most acres planted in berries (blackberries, blueberries and strawberries) of any county in Maryland.
Strawberry picking season in Maryland usually begins in May and runs through June. Butler’s Orchard grows over 23 different varieties of fruits and vegetables each year including strawberries. Butler’s also sells picked strawberries, baked goods and other produce at their on-site Farm Market. Picking schedules and availability may vary, we recommend checking the farm’s website before your visit.
With over 20 farmer’s markets located throughout Montgomery County, there is no shortage of opportunities to meet growers, connect with the community, and fill your market bags with locally grown strawberries. A few of our favorite year-round markets include Brookmont Farm Market, Kensington Farmers Market, Main Street Farmers Market, Olney Farmers Market, and Takoma Park Farmers Market.
If you prefer to get your strawberry fix in the form of a fresh baked goodie, there are plenty of options to consider. In addition to offering pick-your-own strawberries, Butler’s Orchard also sells a new strawberry donut at their on-site Farm Market. Head to Gwenie’s Pastries in Rockville to try their strawberry stuffed donut. There are also a wide variety of strawberry themed baked goods at Lancaster Dutch Market in Germantown and Classic Bakery in Gaithersburg.
Head over to Silver Diner located along rio’s lakefront in Gaithersburg to enjoy a Rum Berry Mule. Be sure to say hello to award-winning mixologist Richard Torres during your visit. If you’re looking for a way to get a brain freeze, be sure to stop along the Tastemakers Trail and visit Clear Skies Meadery for a strawberry slushie.
Montgomery County is a sweet treat lover’s paradise. There are so many ice cream options, you can create your own tour of ice cream shops. Pick up heaping filled waffle cone of “Really Strawberry” from Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream & Treats. Then head to The Family Room in Laytonsville for a scoop of local favorite, South Mountain Creamery. Finally, venture to Mt. Airy for an ice cream experience like no other. Woodbourne Creamery at Rockhill Orchard lets you watch the cows getting milked using robotic machines.
Looking for more things to do in Montgomery County, Maryland? Be sure to read Three Carousels to Add to Your Montgomery County Things to Do List, Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the C&O Canal, and explore our 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve.