Towson Families Don’t Need to Venture Far to Experience the Fun and Bounty of Autumn

The arrival of autumn brings a bevy of fun seasonal activities, but perhaps none makes more memories than a family trip to the local farm to buy apples, sip cider and peruse the pumpkins for that perfect Halloween jack-o’-lantern.

Fortunately, Towson families don’t have far to travel to find their little slice of autumn heaven. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm, nestled among sprawling farmland, is just a 15-minute drive away from downtown Towson. Each year, the family-owned farm, established in 1908, officially kicks off its Fall Harvest Festival Days with its annual Johnny Appleseed Festival in late September.

Plan to spend several hours at Weber’s Farm if you visit in October—Harvest Days run daily through Nov. 4—and dress to be active in the Barnyard Fun area, where kids can burn off lots of energy climbing the Tire Mountain and whooshing down the Giant Hillside Slide. Older kids (and adults) will want to test their inner navigational mettle in the labyrinthine Hay Maze, and there’s a Mini-Maze for the little ones, who will also be enchanted by feeding the nearby goats and chickens.

A tractor-pulled family hayride offers a perfect chance to wind down before heading inside to the farm market and bakery to cool off with a cold cup of apple cider. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm is the oldest cider mill in continuous use in Maryland, and the farm still presses its fresh-picked apples in the same Runkle’s Company Cider Mill first purchased from a farmer in 1947. Newer to the scene is Weber’s bakery—which daily offers an array of home-baked pastries, pies, cider doughnuts and ice cream—and an expansive gift shop.

Of course, no autumn visit to a farm is complete without bringing home a bushel of apples and a prized pumpkin. Weber’s offers 32 apple varieties for purchase, from the tart and juicy Granny Smith to the sweet and juicy Crispin. Check out the farm’s seasonal picking chart on its website to find out which varieties are available when you visit. If you’d prefer to pick your own fruit, plan to make an additional visit to Weber’s pick-your-own PeachBerry Farms, which is located 5 miles north of the main farm in Glen Arm, Maryland.

Before you head home, make the time to pick out a pumpkin or two, so you’re all set for Halloween. Grab a wagon and head over to the farm’s pumpkin pavilion, which offers plentiful bins overflowing with pumpkins of every size.

2526 Proctor Lane, Parkville, Maryland, 410.668.4488,  WebersCiderMillFarm.com

 

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“No autumn visit to a farm is complete without bringing home a bushel of apples and a prized pumpkin.”

 

 

SIDEBAR

Pick Your Own at Peachberry Farms

Located at 11409 Harford Road, in Glen Arm, Maryland, PeachBerry Farms is an operational farm that supplies many of the fruits and vegetables sold at Weber’s Farm on Proctor Lane. Crop availability depends on weather and other conditions, but in general, you can expect to find peaches for picking from late July through late August, apples from September through early November and pumpkins throughout the month of October. Wear comfortable shoes and leave your pets at home. Prices are posted at the field, and containers for picking are provided. For more information, visit WebersCiderMillFarm.com.