I’m an old fashioned kind of a girl. Truth, justice, the whole bit. And so it is with a heavy conscience that I admit to you, my undeservedly loyal and patient readers, that I have been keeping a secret. Honestly, I spent a considerable amount of time pondering whether or not to tell you my juicy bit. But I chose the logic that one should never dish on a good hunting spot. Where I am from, it’s just not something you do. And can you honestly say you know someone who can keep a good secret. I know one person. One. He’s a vault. Everyone else is a font of information.
I decided that hoarding this little secret isn’t very nice. Slightly uncivilized. So here we go.
My secret is…I have found the best berry patch in the state of Maryland. And let me tell you, my secret berries are good! Actually, they are blueberries: big and juicy and a wonderful mix of tart and sweet. They aren’t sprayed or treated, which is pretty close to organic and also virtually unheard of in the U Pick berry world around here (there are a couple of organic patches in the state, but not in Anne Arundel County). The patch is small, just 6-7 rows, and the plants aren’t huge or old or knarled, so you know the berries are going to be good. And they are $3 per pound. Really!
Please forgive me, but I just couldn’t imagine my little bit of blueberry heaven potentially being invaded by the masses. Precious little jewels picked unripe, dropped on the ground, left to moulder, eventually becoming picnic fare for the ants.
Keeping blueberry information to myself doesn’t seem fair despite my fears, especially when here in Anne Arundel County it’s not like you can find a good berry just any old place (although I have found blackberry patches and mulberry trees alongside familiar county roads and I have found good blueberries at roadside stands). When you do find berries here, most likely at Sam’s Club or Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, you’re set back $6 for a container of half rotten, comparatively tasteless little things.
And anyway, the whole point of my mission is to let you in on wonderful foraging opportunities.
In the end, my hoarding is kind of a moot point, because I received a facebook message that the patch is picked out.
OK! OK! I’ll tell you! My secret spot is Bonnie’s Berries, just over the PG County Line on Route 214/Central Avenue, close to Bowie. That’s all I am going to let you in on. You can do the homework if you really want the world’s best berries. Or you can try these other patches. Be sure to always call first before visiting:
- Berrywood Farm, Hollywood, 301 373 8545
- Free Spirit Farm, Mechanicsville, 301-884-2401
- First Fruits Berry Farm and Orchard Denton, 410-479-8454
- Lockbriar Farm, Chestertown, 410-778-9112
- Garden of Eden, Salisbury, 410-546-0081
- Assateague Farm & Nursery, Assateague, 410-461-8746
- Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm, Baldwin, 443-902-0370
- Blueberry Hills Farm, Mount Airy, 301-829-8663
- Rock Hill Orchard, Mount Airy, 301-831-7427
- Larriland Farms, Lisbon, 301-854-6110
- Pryor’s Orchard, Thurmont, 301-271-2693
- Shaw Orchards, White Hall, 410-692-2429
- Glade Link Farms, New Midway, 301-898-7131
- Blueberry Gardens, Ashton, 301 570 5468
- Farmathome, Poolesville, 240-372-0674
- Rockland Farm, Poolesville, 301 825 8075
- Godfreys Farm, Sudlersville. 410-438-3509
- Spring Valley Farm, Conowingo, 410-378-3280
- Walnut Springs Farm, Elkton, 410-398-3451
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