Now's the time to enjoy Maryland's fresh summer fruits and vegetables. But if you slacked off this year on planting, then harvesting your own homegrown foods may be a problem.
Never fear: Pick-your-own farms offer an easy solution.
They may not be as convenient as a backyard plot, but these local sites can still provide tasty fresh-from-the-field produce - and you'll get the satisfying experience of gathering your own grub.
The following is a LIVE guide to some area locations, where everything from tiny blueberries to hearty beets abound.
Please note that field conditions can change suddenly - so call ahead.
Huber's Family Produce Farm
Bring your own container to collect red beets, squash, beans, cucumbers and blackberries. The cost is $1 per pound for all pick-your-own crops. Huber's Farm is at 12208 Old Philadelphia Road, Bradshaw. Fields are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 410-679-1948.
A tractor will take you to the orchard for peach-picking at this Carroll County location. Prices are by the boxful and a number of different container sizes are available on site.
Baugher's Orchard is at 1236 Baugher Road, Westminster. Picking times run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Call 410-857-0111 or visit www.baughers.com.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard
At press time, blueberries were still available at this farm. Call to confirm availability.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard is at 15036 N. Franklinville Road, Thurmont. Picking times may vary. Call 301-271-2737 or visit www.catoc tinmountainorchard.com.
Blueberries are ripe, but call ahead to ensure availability.
Pryor's Orchard is at 13841-B Pryor Road, Thurmont. Picking hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 301-271-2693.
Pick your own green beans at this picturesque Harford County farm. The veggies run 60 cents per pound, and containers are provided.
Brad's Produce is at 550 Asbury Road, Churchville. Pick-your-own hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 410-734-GROW or visit www. bradsproduce.com.
This orchard's blueberry bushes were still heavy with fruit at press time. Call in advance to ensure availability.
Shaw Orchards is at 5594 Norrisville Road, White Hall. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-692-2429 or visit www.shaworchards.com.
This farm has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for picking, including blueberries, red and purple raspberries and red and yellow beets.
The farm, which also has flowers for cutting, will offer pick-your-own plums, blackberries, peaches and nectarines later in the season.
Larriland Farm is at 2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. For more information, call 410-442-2605 or visit www.pickyourown.com.