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Pepper U-Pick farms in Baltimore area of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick farms for peppers that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have peppers orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Baltimore County

  • Wind Swept Farm - corn (sweet), cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, Turkeys, and prepicked produce, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    14517 Hanover Pike, Upperco, MD 21155. Phone: (410) 833-7330. Email: windsweptfarmmd@comcast.net. Open: Call or E - mail us for Hours. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October, November, December. Christmas trees are from Day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

Montgomery County

  • Phillips Farm Produce - PYO Pumpkins, hayrides, hot peppers, heritage tomatoes, flowers, fresh cut Christmas trees, farm tours by appointment. Animals to pet all season!
    13710 Schaeffer Road (Beside Methodist Church), Germantown, MD 20874. Phone: (301) 540-2364. Email: phllpsfarm@aol.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Free hayride to pumpkin patch October 1 thru October 31. Specializing in pre-harvested super sweet corn.
  • Rock Hill Orchard - apples, beans, blackberries, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, eggplants, flowers, herbs or spices, onions, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals
    28600 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. Phone: 301-831-7427. Email: rockhillorchard@gmail.com. Open: Check website, normally open when market open, closes one hour early. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers.
    Rock Hill Orchard Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Peaches July - August Blackberries July Apples September - November. They also have Prigel ice cream, as well as fresh bread and jams. Apple varieties: Empire, Jonathan, Jona Gold, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Rome, Fugi, Gala, Granny Smith, Stayman. In the Market there are lots of fresh picked fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, okra, eggplants, green beans, lettuce, radishes, beets, and squash. They also have Prigel ice cream, as well as fresh bread and jams.
    Comments from a visitor on September 27, 2012: "Staff was very friendly and the apples were plentiful!"

Prince George's County

  • C & E Farms, L.L.C. - Uses natural growing practices, beans, beets, blackberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplants, flowers, grapes, melons, onions, pears, peas, peppers, persimmons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, walnuts, Other fruit or veg, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, and prepicked produce, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, petting zoo
    11415 Old Pond Drive, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. Phone: 301-352-2958. Email: emmadudley0906@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Thursday, by appointment Friday and Saturday, 8am to 5pm Pick your own Greens: Spring and Fall Late September through Thanksgiving. Directions: Washington Beltway 49595 to MD Route 450 East. Proceed approximately 2 and 12 miles to Route 953 Glenn Dale Road. Left onto Glenn Dale Road to first street on right Old Pond Drive. Farm is first driveway on right--11415. House in the rear. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Fax:. Washington Beltway 495/95 to MD Route 450 East. Proceed approximately 2 and 1/2 miles to Route 953 Glenn Dale Road. Left onto Glenn Dale Road to first street on right Old Pond Drive. Farm is first driveway on right--11415. House in the rear. Monday to Thursday, by appointment Friday and Saturday, 8am to 5pm Pick your own Greens: Spring and Fall (Late September through Thanksgiving. Harvest Fest Each Saturday in October, 10am to 4pm We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have Herbs, both potted and cut; Collaloo and Potatoleaf, White Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes and southern varieties of vegetables. All farm products are grown without use of synthetic chemicals. We have firewood all year round, Group Activities can be scheduled for young and old.

 

Pepper

Pepper Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

a variety of peppersThere are various types of peppers based on their characteristics. It's important to note that pepper heat levels can vary, and individual tolerance to spiciness may differ. When using hot peppers, exercise caution and consider using gloves or washing hands thoroughly to avoid skin or eye irritation.

  • Sweet Peppers - like Bell Peppers and Banana Pepper , used in salads and sandwiches
  • Mild to Medium Heat Peppers - spicy, good for salsa.
  • Hot Peppers - Often used in Mexican and Thais foods
  • Very Hot Peppers - For crazy people...

See the table at the bottom of his page for detailed information and a master list of varieties.

When are peppers available?

Peppers are a hot weather crop, and cannot tolerate frost and cold soil. In the U.S. Peppers typically peak hot summer months into the Autumn.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - it's hard to pick in a muddy field!
  2. Most growers furnish picking containers (bags), but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
  3. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem while the weather is still cool, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Peppers from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pickled Peppers

Look for Peppers that are :

  1. firm
  2. Bright and shiny
  3. smooth, shiny pods, not wrinkly on the surface - that's an old or dried out
  4. Avoid placing the picked Peppers in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. I prefer to bring a cooler with ice in it. Peppers may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a week or 2.

When you get home

  1. Put them in the vegetable crisper in the fridge, in a loose plastic bag.
  2. Now, get ready to can or freeze the extra Peppers - It is VERY easy! Click on the links for easy instructions.

 


Name Heat Photo Description Best uses
Bell Pepper Sweet red sweet peppers Large, blocky peppers with a mild, sweet flavor. They come in different colors such as green, red, yellow, and orange.  Salads and sandwichs They also add sweetness and color to cooked dishes, stir-fries, and stuffed pepper recipes.
Banana Pepper Sweet Banana peppers Long and tapered, they have a mild to moderate heat level and a tangy-sweet flavor.  Salads, subs and sandwiches  Frequently used in pickled form, they add tang and crunch to sandwiches, salads, and antipasto platters. They can also be stuffed or sliced for various culinary applications.
Cubanelle Pepper Sweet   Light green and elongated, they have a mild heat and a slightly sweet taste.  
Pimento Pepper Sweet   Large and heart-shaped, they have a sweet and fruity flavor, often used for stuffing. Cooking
Poblano Pepper Medium Poblano Pepper Dark green, heart-shaped peppers with a mild to medium heat level and a slightly smoky flavor. Frequently used in Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos, mole sauce, and salsas. They can be roasted, stuffed, or sliced and added to various recipes.
Shishito Pepper     Small and thin-walled pepper with a mild and slightly sweet taste. Popular in Japanese cuisine, often enjoyed blistered or charred as an appetizer or side dish. They can also be used in stir-fries, tempura, or stuffed with cheese or other fillings.
Anaheim Pepper Medium   Mild to medium heat, with a long and narrow shape. They are often used in Southwestern cuisine. Commonly used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes. They are great for roasting, stuffing, or adding to salsas, chilis, and stews.
Hungarian Wax Pepper Medium   Medium heat peppers that come in various colors. They have a waxy texture and a tangy flavor.  
Chili peppers Medium     Used in making... wait for it... Chili
Cherry Pepper . Medium   Small and round, they have a mild to medium heat level and are often used pickled or stuffed Thai and other Asian cooking
Jalapeño Pepper Hot Peppers Jalopeno Medium heat level with a distinctive bright green color and a slightly smoky flavor. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine. They add a spicy kick to salsas, guacamole, nachos, and are often used for stuffing or pickling.
Arbol peppers Hot Peppers Arbol peppers    
Serrano Pepper Hot Peppers   Hotter than jalapeños, they have a bright green color and a spicy taste. Commonly used in salsas and sauces. Adds a spicy heat to salsas, pico de gallo, hot sauces, and other Mexican dishes. They can also be pickled or used to infuse flavor into oils and vinegars.
Cayenne Pepper Hot Peppers   Thin and elongated, they are known for their fiery heat. Often used in powdered form as a spice. Often used in powdered form as a spice for adding heat to various dishes. It can be sprinkled over pizzas, used in sauces, or added to spice rubs for grilling or roasting meats.
Thai Bird's Eye Pepper Hot Peppers   Small and slender, they pack a powerful heat punch. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. They are perfect for adding heat and flavor to stir-fries, curries, soups, and dipping sauces.
Habanero Pepper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers, with a fruity flavor and intense heat. Use with caution. Adds intense spiciness to salsas, hot sauces, marinades, and jerk recipes. Use with caution and in small amounts due to its high heat level.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Very hot   Similar to habaneros, they have a tropical fruity flavor and fiery heat. Commonly used in Caribbean cuisine.
Carolina Reaper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers in the world, known for its extreme heat. Handle with extreme caution.  
         
         


 

 

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