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Unbearable traffic and lines
Oct 19, 2014 by: E C from Hanover, New Hampshire
We really wanted to like Butler's Orchard but after waiting over an hour to drive in and park, we were summarily yelled at for walking to the bathroom instead of moving our car to the bathroom. After selecting and purchasing pumpkins, we then waited in traffic for another 15 minutes to park at the Farmer's Market, and then another 20 minutes in line at the register. Further, while we were able to use an AmEx to pay for our pumpkins, the Farmer's Market insisted that the orchard doesn't take AmEx, which didn't make sense. Really disappointed to drive there and spent almost our whole time waiting.
Busy but great place!
Oct 14, 2014 by: Amy K from Laurel, Maryland
The market shop here has lots of fresh produce and packaged food items as well as little gifts. The staff are great and the pick your own is a great experience. Although it can get quite crowded and busy they seem well equipped to handle all of the people.
Nice place for autumn joy
Sep 28, 2014 by: Aburel from Bucharest, Romania
Great 11 bucks spending. Hay ride to the pumpkin patch, slides, face painting, pony riding and mazes, big and small. Food available and even ATMs to offer cash withdrawal. Visit the store too, aka the market. Great falloween stuff. Delicious apples, pumpkins, pies and other funny stuff. You can spend the whole day at Butler's.
Good to the Last Apple
Sep 22, 2014 by: jeffl499 from Alexandria, VA
A very good place to pick from a variety of fruit, depending on the season. Well-equipped to handle large crowds with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. But call in advance to find out about the availability of the fruit for picking. Unfortunately, I arrived yesterday (third Sunday in September) and the apple trees had already been picked over. Fortunately, right down the road, the Waters Orchard was open with a good supply ready for foraging.(They just opened three years ago and have become an excellent alternative to Butler's with four acres of a variety of types and a welcoming owner and his family. Comparable prices.) Butler's will continue to draw pickers from Montgomery County and Washington, DC because of their leadership in the "pick and travel" business. Just call in advance!
May 31, 2014 by: joshmilind from Reston, Virginia
It was Saturday morning and I had no set plans on where to spend the day. I started my "research" and stumbled upon Butler's Orchard website. Found out that it was their first day of strawberry picking season. I knew what I was going to do that Saturday :-) It's about 45 minutes drive for me. Me and my wife reached there at around 1:00 PM. We headed to their store first. The store had good selection of jams, jellies, fruit butters, preserves, salsas (most of them are locally made). We bought apple cider donuts, red apple salsa and pumpkin butter. We then headed to the "main" attraction (strawberry picking). Its about 1-2 minutes slow drive from the store. Bought a flat box for 1$, hoped on the tractor, and we were taken to the strawberry fields. One of their employees guided us on which row to stay on. We were then busy for next 30-35 minutes or so picking strawberries. I have picked apples as well, but this is more fun than that. It was bright, sunny, about 73 F but breezy too, so we were pretty comfortable. They had a water dispenser too right next to the field, which would certainly help during hotter days. Once we thought we had enough strawberries, we stood in line for the tractor ride to take us back to the parking area. We paid for the strawberries (I think it was about 10$), made another stop at their store, and were pretty happy on how we spent last couple of hours there :-). The staff is really nice and makes one feel welcome. I am ready to go back for picking blueberries in late June. If you are going with kids, you can easily spend 3 hours here. Depending on the weather and season: wear full sleeves Apply sunscreen / insect repellent Wear hat Carry a water bottle
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