The quest for some fresh from the tree fall apples led me to Brown’s Orchard – conveniently on York Rd up over the Pennsylvania line and easily accessible from Rte 83 (though I highly recommend taking your time on the back roads and enjoying the countryside vistas along the way!)
Brown’s has a lot to do and explore on a good fall day! There’s lot of apples that you can sample and buy (On 9/28, we found Gala, Honeycrisp, Prime Gold, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonagold, Cortland, Fuji, Red Delicious, and Empire all available – John opted to buy a half peck of Jonathan apples after the woman behind the counter helped him with sampling some of the tarter apples available)
There’s also a huge store with a deli and bakery that offers lots of deliciously tempting “made here” foods (John & Tom got to sample some apple cider muffins that were pretty awesome along with a cup of pumpkin/cinnamon flavored coffee.
If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s also the opportunity to take a hay ride or pick your own apples! Find out more at their website: http://www.brownsorchards.com
On the way to or from, a old time favorite restaurant, the New Freedom restaurant and cafe, t is just north of theMaryland state line and definitely worth a stop. foursquare.com/v/new-freedom-restaurant–coffee-shop/4c14e20bb7b9c92877f5ab37
Much closer to Baltimore, you’ll find Weber’s in Parkville (http://www.weberscidermillfarm.com/ )
Another closer-by option is Richardson’s in White Marsh: (http://www.richardsonfarms.net/)