Apple Picking In and Around Fairfield County, CT
Where can you pick apples in southwestern Connecticut?One great way to get your kids to eat more fruit—and introduce them to the subtleties of sweet/tangy tastes -- is by taking them apple picking to a local orchard. Below are places to go and things to do for a day in the orchard all around our area.
Types of Apples and Reasons to Eat Them
Curious about the wide varieties of apples and what they're used for and taste like? Check out this neat page from Apple Country that provides photos and information. And, just to make you feel even better about taking your family out for a day picking apples, here is an article on the health benefits of a trip to the apple orchard.
The State of Connecticut's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program requires that pets not accompany owners into orchards. And one last thing: If a grower does not have a web site listing hours, PLEASE call first to make sure they are open! (This is experience talking!)
KidsOutAndAbout.com Featured Pick-Your-Own Apple Farms
The following farms have elected to be featured on this page:
|Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Rd.
Bethel, CT, 06801
|Blue Jay Orchards grows 30varieties of apples. Many, but not all, are "pick your own." They will even email you when your favorite apple is ready to pick; Click here to complete the form. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (Pick Your Own Apples hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm) late August to December.|
160 Munger Lane
Bethlehem, CT, 06751
Apple picking, the Sunflower & Corn mazes all open September 9th; with Hayrides starting the day after on September 10th. Apple picking prices are TBA, the Sunflower maze is free, the Corn maze is $3/person, and weekend hayrides from the Hayloft Playscape to the Hilltop Orchard are $2/person. Visit the Hayloft Playscape & Picnic Pavilion and Pondside Animal Yard.
124 Moose Hill Rd.
Oxford, CT, 06478
|This small yet beautiful farm has Macintosh, Cortland, Delicious, Rome, Greening, and Empire apples and Bosc pears, approximately one dollar per pound. Occasionally they have sweet cider for sale; call for availability, it sells out quickly. Pumpkins and gourds are also available. Please call to find out whether there is pick-your-own apples or whether they are just available in the farm market. Later, take a trip to Belinsky's to cut your own Christmas tree!|
|Beardsley Cider Mill & Orchard
278 Leavenworth Road Route 110
Shelton, CT, 06484
|Along with the standard variety of apples everyone is familiar with such as Macoun, Red Delicious, and McIntosh, they also offer several rare antique varieties. Pick-Your-Own Hours September through November are 10am - 5pm, weekends and Columbus Day only.|
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT, 06437-2399
|Pick-your-own season at Bishop's Orchards starts in June with strawberries, and goes through October with apples and pumpkins, with blueberries, peaches, raspberries, and pears in between. 24-hour phone information line, 203 458-PICK, is updated daily during the picking season. Days and hours of picking are subject to the whim of Mother Nature ... please call ahead for the latest information.|
|Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Route 4
Sharon, CT, 06069
|In addition to pick-your-own apples, they have other seasonal fruit: Blueberries, Cherries, Figs, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Pumpkins & Gourds, Raspberries, Strawberries, and vegetables. Corn maze in the fall!|
336 Long Bottom Road
Southington, CT, 06489
|Pick-Your-Own season begins around Labor Day with McIntosh and Jonamac apples and continues through late October when Golden Delcious and Ida Reds ripen. In between you can pick Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, and Mutsu. Pick-Your-Own is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10:00-5:00, weather permitting.|
|Scott's Orchard & Nursery
1838 New London Turnpike
Glastonbury, CT, 06033
|Take a scenic ride through our beautiful apple orchards and pick your own apples! Apple festival, harvest festival. Horse-drawn hayrides begin mid-September.|