By Susan Hayes
Sunday mornings at Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury dawn with the enticing scent of freshly prepared fluffy pancakes, Belgian waffles and French toast wafting through the air. From mid June until late October, the berry farm hosts a Sunday morning breakfast on a deck overlooking the working farm. The view from your breakfast table is of many acres of blueberry bushes, pear and apple trees, Christmas trees, ponds, the rustic farm store and neighboring Belltown orchards. Don’t miss the most reasonably priced hearty breakfast with the loveliest view in the Hartford area.
The waffles, pancakes and French toast are served with a seasonal fruit topping, primarily blueberries and a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream. Real maple syrup is always on the table. For the money, order the whole Belgian waffle for $5.00 as opposed to the half for $4.00. I wish that I had, because it was so delicious that I wanted more! However, the small order of pancakes for $4.00 is pretty filling, unless you are mighty hungry. A slice of quiche is available, if sweet breakfast items are not your thing. A meat variety and a vegetable variety are always on the menu and prepared on the premises. A bakery basket of muffins and tea breads looked and smelled enticing, all prepared there at the farm and another option on the menu. Bacon or sausage can be added to any order as well as a fruit bowl. Coffee, tea, juice and milk round out the simple menu offerings.
The deck where the breakfast is served is rimmed with gigantic pots of hanging annuals in a cacophony of vivid colors. The tables are covered with colorful berry patterned vintage looking vinyl table covers. The effect is cheery. You sit on either picnic table benches or white plastic stackable chairs. Nothing fancy, but apropos to your farm surroundings.
Once breakfast is consumed and you are good and full, visit the farm store and, if it is in season, pick some fruit. A truck ride to the field is part of the “pick your own fruit” experience. Rose’s farm store sells delectable pies or other bakery items if you are lucky enough to grab them before they sell out, jams and zippy salsas, as well as frozen berries for future baking or jam making. Seasonal decorative items and produce are offered for sale also. A small playscape area is on the property and a smattering of colorful adirondack chairs are scattered about, so that you may sit and relax a bit, digest and enjoy the bucolic surroundings.
Get to Rose’s Berry farm either first thing in the morning as they open at eight am or on the later side to avoid waiting in long lines. Rose’s do not take reservations. A showery day will ensure no lines and won’t be an issue, as the deck is covered to keep you dry. Rose’s Berry Farm provides an authentic farm experience with a breakfast like Mom used to make but better, laden with fresh berry topping and the rich whipped cream. Come back in December and while you won’t be eating breakfast on the deck, you can pick up a Connecticut grown Christmas tree. Supporting local farms and buying Connecticut grown produce is just the “feel good” reward you carry home with you along with some berries, pears or a pumpkin and a full belly.
Rose’s Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road
South Glastonbury, CT. 06073
Breakfast Hours-Every Sunday from Father’s day until the end of October from 8am-1pm
Susan Hayes works at a local High School in her spare time, but her true passion lies in culinary pursuits, cooking, gardening, blogging and discovering new dining spots. Her work can be found at Black Cat Cooking Chronicles.