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“Great Way to Spend Afternoon” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Milburn Orchards

Milburn Orchards
1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 398-1349
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Elkton
Type: Farms, Outdoors
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“Great Way to Spend Afternoon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

Phil and I decided to take our kids and grandchildren for an afternoon of apple picking and fresh air so we found Milburn Orchards in Elkton MD. was less than a 15 mile ride from our home so off we went.
We parked in the large parking area and then waited for short time for hay truck ride to the fields of trees. After picking our desired apples we took them to the make shift store to pay for and then head back to parking area. Across the street the have a General Store that you can buy different "Apple" based stuff. The donuts are outstanding. I did read they do have special events at different times of the year.
Will go back.

Visited October 2010
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“Fun U-Pick Apples, Yummy Cider Donuts & Apple Cider, Great Place to Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

Milburn Orchards is located on Appleton Rd in Elkton, MD. It is a nice place to visit, especially in the fall. My husband and I go here every year around the end of September or October. We visit mainly for the apple picking events and to get some local treats.

We last visited the farm on September 12th 2009. We went to pick Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples. Once you arrive at the farm, you will pass the orchard market on your left and see signs on the right that direct you to U-pick parking. Here it is a grass and dirt field with rows of apple & cherry trees. Here you will park between the orchard trees. Once at the dirt path, you can walk over to the apple picking area, wagon rental area, or over to the crossing guard that will direct you across the street to the orchard market.

Once you reach the apple picking area, you will see a sign that tells you to wait for the wagon. It will also tell you what varieties of apples are currently available for picking, the U-pick prices, and the farm hours. When we were there they were picking Red and Golden Delicious and the rate was $1.25 per pound with a 10 pound minimum per family. Picking hours were Saturday and Sundays in September & October from 10am to 4pm. We only had to wait a few minutes for the tractor to arrive. Once the tractor pulled in, they loaded the wagon benches and then we were off. You will ride the bench style tractor down the dirt path and around into the apple picking orchard. Here they will greet you and welcome you to the orchard. They also tell you about the varieties and where you can find the different varieties in the orchard. They then give each person a bag and send you on your way...with a one final warning to watch for the bees.

My husband and I always have lots of fun picking apples here. The trees are dwarf varieties, so it makes picking the apples easy. Plus the rows are clearly marked with signs to indicate which variety is in each row. We picked lots of Golden Delicious and a few Red Delicious while we were there. We always get a bunch to take home since we make lots of great tasting baked goods--pies, cookies, dumplings and etc with the delicious apples we bring home from Milburn's! You are allowed to eat an apple while you are picking. For some, that is part of the experience. We decided not to do so this---as it attracts the bees. AND there are BEES in the field. So, if you have a bee allergy, be prepared! Once you are done picking your apples, you just get in line at the cashier stand. Here they weigh your apples and you pay (they do accept credit cards in the field). They also sell apple cider sippers, caramel apples, spices, caramel apple and candy apple wraps, cookbooks and etc in the apple picking field. After paying, you will board the wagon for a return trip back to the parking area. The gentleman who sends you on your way is ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY & NICE to us. He thanks everyone for coming and tells you to enjoy the rest of you day before waving goodbye.

Once back at the parking lot area, we decided to put our apples in the car and make our way over to the orchard market, bake shoppe, lunch deck and fall festival. As you near the crossing guard, you will see an area where you can rent a wagon for the little tykes to ride in--or to help get your pumpkins back to your car! I thought this was a great idea. Across the street, you will find the bake shoppe and orchard market. The farm market is open Sundays 10am-5pm. Most other days it is open 9am-7pm depending on the season. The first thing you will see when you cross the street will be lots of pumpkins, mums, and metal lawn ornaments (shepherd's staffs and etc). Inside the farm market you will see fresh produce including their apples, baked pies, fresh apple cider, jams & jellies, caramel apples, candy apples, turtle apples, cider donuts and MORE!! It is fun to look around the market, but it is usually so crowded inside.

It is usually packed inside the orchard market, so we have found it more convenient to access the lunch deck area for our treats. We make our way around the corner to the lunch deck and cider donut windows. We have never eaten at the ice cream & lunch deck, but I did take a look at the menu this time. It looks like they serve bread bowls with soup or chili, soft pretzels, mac-n-cheese, burgers, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, pizza (slices or whole pies), pork sandwiches and taco chili nachos in addition to the ice cream. I did see them serving up lots of hot dogs and pizza & the prices seemed decent.

Around the corner from the lunch deck is the cider donut window. This is where we usually go. Here you can order single donuts, a 1/2 dozen or dozen donuts. We ordered a half dozen apple cider donuts and a glass of fresh apple cider. Then we sat down at one of the picnic table benches and enjoyed our treats. The apple cider donuts are really unique with a blend of cinnamon and spices. They are soft on the inside, but have a bit of a crunch around the edges. They are great fresh or within a day--but after a few days, they lose their appeal. So, I'm guessing that they do NOT contain preservatives. The fresh apple cider is great too. We get a glass to enjoy on location and always grab 1/2 gallon or gallon to go!! Also, while we were here we took advantage of the FREE samples table next to the lunch deck. Here you could sample the different varieties of apples and also the fresh apple cider. The BEES also tend to hang around this area too--so "BEE" careful. But it is a fun way to try a variety of apple that you may not have had before--OR try the cider before you buy it!

While we were there, we also took a peek at the Fall Festival that was going on. It does require that you pay admission to the activities, so we didn't actually go inside. But, from the orchard deck we could see the pumpkin patch, kid's sand box, caramel apple & apple funnel cake stand, Barn Yard Buddies zoo (goats), and some inflatable kids activities. In addition to these things, the festival includes hayrides, a corn maze, boo barn, bale trail straw maze, milky sway tunnel, cycle circle, straw jump, tractor tunnel, farmyard playground, play barn, and more. I did see that they have a craft area too that is not included in admission. I saw some kids with sandart and face paintings & adults who had been to the Make-Your-Own Scarecrow. Their website also states that on certain weekends there are pony rides (not included in admission).

Overall, we have a great time at Milburn's. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon with the family. It feels great to get back to the basics and enjoy some time together in a farm setting. We enjoy the wagon ride to the apple picking orchard, the apple picking, sampling the apples & cider, looking around the farm market & getting some fresh apple cider and cider donuts. It is a nice way to relax and enjoy the harvest activities with the family.

TIP: It should be noted that Milburn's also has U-pick cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and grapes in addition to the U-pick apples. In addition to the Fall Festival, Milburn's also has several Easter Egg Hunts (with the Easter Bunny) and Christmas at Milburn's (with Santa & Mrs. Claus photos & kids crafts). AND Milburn's Orchard is available to host private Birthday Parties, Weddings, Corporate Picnics/Events and Evening Bonfire Hayrides for a fee.

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