SEPTEMBER…the leaves are starting to change colors, the weather is cooling down, and apple picking season is here!! A fun activity to do with family or friends, apple picking is a fall staple in New England, so we’ve rounded up our favorite places to visit! Be sure to check out each orchard’s website prior to visiting for their NEW guidelines to practice safe social distancing! Face masks are required at ALL ORCHARDS!
250 Calhoun Street, Washington, CT
Open for Pick your Own! Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm
A tenth generation family farm offering fall fruits: apples & pears, along with goodies from many area farms as well, from maple syrup, honey, eggs, tomatoes, squash and pumpkins-on a gorgeous hilltop in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Northwest CT. Don’t forget to try some of their hard cider!
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard
278 Leavenworth Road, Shelton
Opens Saturday, September 12th for PYO!
Check out their farm store for the BEST cider donuts!! Our farm store will be open daily from 10am – 5:30pm with apples, cider, pies, cider donuts, scones, fruit breads and LOCAL RAW HONEY available daily right through until Christmas Eve. Farm Store Hours: 10am – 5:30pm until Christmas Eve.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford (45 min drive from Fairfield)
Opens mid-September for PYO!
Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Rd. in Guilford is open year round. Bishop’s Orchards Northford Farm at 1920 Middletown Ave in Northford is open weekends and Columbus Day, September through late October (end of apple season) for apple picking, cider, donuts, pies, cookies, and apples. Wine is also available for purchase at their winery!
Blue Hills Orchard
141 Blue Hills Rd. Wallingford (45 min drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick your Own! Saturdays 10am – 5pm and Sundays 11am – 3pm
Blue Hills Orchard has been owned and operated by the Henry family since 1904. Located on the northern slope of Sleeping Giant Mountain, the orchard covers over 300 acres with 250 acres in apple production and another 30 plus in peaches, plums and nectarines.
We have partnered with Massachusetts-based craft cidery, Stormalong Cider, to produce an unfiltered hard cider reminiscent of our farmstand cider pressed and sold at harvest. Store hours are Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel
Opens Saturday, September 5th for PYO!
Farm Market and Bakery are open all week 11am – 5pm!
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick your Own!
We feature PYO apples, peaches, plums, pears and blueberries. We invite you to enjoy our farm as much as we do. Take a scenic walk to the picking areas or take a weekend wagon ride. We also have a shady area with picnic tables for your enjoyment. Our farm stand is open August through November from 9 AM to 6 PM. We are open 7 days a week. We have a wide variety of freshly picked fruits and vegetables. We also carry many other items including, apple cider donuts, honey, apple cider, artisan pumpkin and apple pies.
Hickory Hill Orchards
351 South Meriden Road, Cheshire (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick you Own! Everyday 9:30am – 5pm
Country store is open 9am – 6pm. Don’t want to go picking? We sell our fruit varieties at our farm stand, as well quintessential autumn treats — such as apple cider + cider donuts, apple fritters, a wide variety of baked goods from Baked by Melissa in Waterbury and of course, pies, pies, pies. Plus, we carry our favorite local + artisan gourmet goods (think: Vermont maple syrups and CT hot sauces!) and so much more.
105 South Street, Middlefield (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick your Own!
Corn Maze is open! Monday – Friday: 1pm – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm. Last Ticket Sold at 5:30PM $10 entry fee
Connecticut’s premiere orchard with family-friendly events, pick-your-own fruits, and a year-round golf course.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Currently PYO is not available, however their Market & Bakery is open everyday 10am – 6pm!
March Farm is a fourth generation family farm destination offering seasonal Pick Your Own berries & fruit along with family friendly activities. The Farm Store & Bakery is stocked with regional food specialties and fresh baked goods – everything you need to compliment your next meal or dessert.
336 Long Bottom Road, Southington (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick your Own! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 5pm
The Home Farm salesroom, our original location, dates back to 1809. The Sunnymount location began in 1965 when approximately 90 acres of mountainside land was purchased and planted as orchards. Both locations are open daily from late July to mid May and offer our own apples, peaches, nectarines and pears along with the finest Connecticut Grown sweet corn, tomatoes and other vegetables in season. Our bakery features a wide variety of fresh baked fruit pies, our famous apple cider donuts, apple sour cream coffee cakes, and cookies. Our We also feature local honey, maple syrup from Connecticut and Vermont, and our private label jams and jellies.
Scott’s Yankee Farm
291 North Bridebrook Rd, East Lyme, CT (1hr drive from Fairfield)
Open for Pick you Own! Reservations required!
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton
Open for Pick your Own (only during weekdays)
The Country market is full of everything from fruits and vegetables to dairy products, jams, jellies, and condiments. We always have sweet treats to share with friends and family! The Animal Farm is also open! Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm