Gorman Farm in Laurel has brought pick-your-own strawberries almost to your doorstep, so you need to step out soon -- especially if you have a toddler in tow.
The champion pick-your-own remains Larriland Farm in Woodbine where you can pick strawberries now and go deep through the summer with berries, apples and pumpkins. But you can be in Gorman Farm's strawberry fields in minutes from anywhere in Columbia or south of Rte 100.
It was even faster for me. I got an email from Hungry Bob Saturday morning and ate Gorman strawberries for lunch. I admit that I didn't pick them. Gorman's pricing meant that I could buy two pints for $10 -- the same price it cost to pick two of my own. With other errands and no toddler, I bought my fruit and left. But the field was full of people walking around with little kids. Gorgeous sunlight. Wide rows with small bushes. People were clearly having fun, and I was chuckling at memories of Kevin's post last summer about the child swap meet that he found in the pick-your-own fields.
The berries are delicious. Some candy sweet. Most tasting more of strawberry than sugar. They're red to the core and juicy in a way that surprised me after buying so many supermarket bunches. The folks at Gorman thought they would have berries for maybe two more weeks. They also run a CSA and a vegetable stand.
My one disappointment remains that Gorman works best if you don't work in an office. Strawberry picking is 10-4 Wednesday to Saturday. I forgot to ask if they're doing any other pick-your-own this summer. If you want more time in the fields, click here for all the posts about Larriland.
Gorman Produce Farm
10151 Gorman Road
Laurel, MD 20723
NEAR: This is on Gorman Road east of Rte 29 and west of U.S. 1. This is south of Rte 32, just minutes south of Columbia and almost walking distance from King's Contrivance. (Update: I fixed the address above. Thanks, Cathy!)