Open from mid-May through early November, Larriland Farm is a great spot for pick your own produce in Maryland. Beginning with strawberries and ending with apples, this scenic farm is a great stop for families.
Picking your own fruits and vegetables
Located in Howard County just 3 miles south of the I-70 interstate, Larriland Farm was a great spot for apple picking with my two daughters. Our visit, last year in mid-October allowed us to pick produce and experience the Fall Festival fun. The apple picking was very kid friendly, especially for little ones. At the time of our visit both Stamen and Fuji apples were ripe for the picking.
Here at Larriland many of the apple “trees” are trellised providing a much smaller tree and much easier picking for children. There were also some ladders (for shorter parents, not preschoolers) to reach some of the apples high up on the trees. The farm provides plastic bags for picking but it is much easier to bring stronger reusable grocery bags from home. Prices for apples were $1.49 per pound under 20 pounds and 99 cents per pound for totals over 20 pounds. Pick your own spinach and broccoli were also available during our October visit. Purchases of pick your own produce are paid for at the stand out in the field. Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are acceptable forms of payment.
Getting your way around the Farm
Larriland Farm is huge and the easiest way around is to drive. After picking apples, we headed back to the barn area in the car. Here the fall festival was in full swing. Smaller in scale than some others in the area, the festival was an affordable way to get in some fun. Instead of paying admission, tickets are sold per attraction. Available was a hayride ($3.75 per person over 2), a straw maze ($2.00 per child for an all day pass) and the “Boo Barn” ($2.00 per child per all day pass). Parents can accompany their kids in the maze and the Boo Barn at no cost. The total for taking in these attractions as a family of 4 was $24.
The hayride passed through woods decorated with characters that most kids will recognize. Winnie the Pooh and friends, Shrek, The 3 Little Pigs and many characters from Harry Potter were easy to spot from the wagon. There were also “Famous Pumpkins of America” like Betsy Ross and Geronimo that the adults got a kick out of but went over most kids’ heads. The ride lasts approximately 20 minutes.
The Boo Barn is a small haunted house type of activity. It takes less than a minute to go through and has a few “moving objects” to scare visitors like a witch making brew, a tumbling ghost and a vampire who sits up in his coffin. It was a little scary for my kids (ages 4 and 6) the first time through but by the 10th time they were asking to go in all by themselves. Be sure to have them get their hand stamped at their first entry so they can go back over and over again.
Autumn Activities at the Farm
The straw maze is located around the front side of the barn and offers a toddler area and the actual maze. The maze is difficult and it is impossible to see little ones from outside the maze. Kids under 6 should have an adult accompany them (my recommendation, not a farm rule). You can purchase admission directly here as with the Boo Barn for cash only or you can use a credit card to purchase tickets at the hayride ticket booth.
Rounding out the fall fun at Larriland are two food stands, a store selling cider, cheeses, produce and pumpkins, and a small barn with goats and chickens. Lunch items for sale include pulled chicken and pork, hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. There was a huge line for apple fritters, one of the farm’s specialties. All food sales are cash only. There is an ATM inside of the barn store if you need to replenish your supply.
Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are available for purchase at the barn including some HUGE ones. They also have fairytale pumpkins and gourds of all sizes. Those wanting a more “authentic” pumpkin picking experience can drive across the street to the pumpkin patch to pick your own from the field. Pumpkins at the farm (not including specialty pumpkins) are 59 cents per pound.
- There are no flush toilets at all at Larriland Farm, port a potties are your only option.
- Wear closed to sturdy shoes for walking around the farm.
- Bring your own containers for picking produce.
- Hayrides are only available on Saturdays and Sundays in October.
- Bring water and dress for the elements, there is little shade on the farm.
- Check the website before you go for the most up to date information regarding available produce for picking.
Photos by Kim Engstrom