Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries At Gorman Farm

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!)


Thursday Bram said...

I picked up four pints of wonderful strawberries from Gorman. If you're a member of the CSA, you get one free you-pick-it pint, or a discount on the already picked strawberries.

Cathy said...

Address correction to the one you listed: The Farm is located @ 10151 Gorman Rd, Laurel, MD. 20723

Anonymous said...

Stopped by on Weds. we were the only ones picking, the kids had a great time and the ice cold water they provide under the tent was a great way to end our picking. We have been munching on the best strawberries ever for the last 24 hours....yummmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

How does Gorman's quality and pricing in general (not just strawberries) compare to Larriland? Based on my albeit limited experience with Larriland, they were a little more expensive compared to, say, Baugher's, though just as good.

Hungry Bob said...
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Hungry Bob said...

They put up a "Sold Out" sign today on top of the "Pick Your Own" sign. That didn't last long!

RDAdoc said...

I tried to go to Gorman twice over the weekend and they were closed both times. There was also a sign that they were out of strawberries. Has anyone had any luck with them being open recently?