By Kim McNeill
160 Munger Lane
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Hours: Usually open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Pricing is per pound and will be available on the website
March Farm has really gotten into the spirit of agricultural entertainment. You pick fruit and berries there all summer long, starting with strawberries, cherries, and blueberries then moving to luscious peaches and finally to apples. Once you have picked your fruit right off the tree, your kids can play on a hayloft playscape, a sand area, and explore a corn maze. After checking out the offerings from the bakery and farm market, the kids can visit with the animals.
451 Sport Hill Rd
Easton, CT 06612
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When I first moved to Connecticut and wondered what fall in New England was all about, many people recommended Silverman’s Farm to me. After customers have picked all the ripe peaches and plums, their dozens of varieties of apples are ready for eager hands to plunder. This farm is situated on a hillside, so be prepared for some exercise when apple picking. Across the street, for a small admission, the kids can visit with animals like goats and a miniature horse.
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Be prepared to make new acquaintances when picking apples at Blue Jay Orchards. It is such a popular destination that there is often a police officer to direct traffic. Blue Jay Orchards provides numerous varieties of apples to pick with harvesting beginning in August and going through October. There is a helpful alert you can sign up for on their website that will let you know when the varieties you like best are ready to pick. After a nice, long walk on flat ground to pick your apples, make sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities with the character signs to see how much your child has grown since his or her last trip to the orchard. Fresh apple cider donuts at the farm stand almost never survive the trip home in the car. October at Blue Jay Orchards include free tractor rides to a pre-picked pumpkin field.
Junction of Routes 147 & 157
Middlefield, CT 06455
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in September and October. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year.
Lyman is another farm whose pick-your-own selection of fruits is amazing. Before opening up for apple season, people coming to Lyman Orchards were able to pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. Apple season at Lyman’s is also a great time to pick pears and some varieties of peaches (they have 25 different kinds—though that still falls short of the 28 apple varieties offered). Along with picking fruit, Lyman’s has horse-drawn wagon rides and pony rides. And if you want even more fall fun, take the challenge of Lyman’s corn maze. Don’t forget to take home some their fresh-baked goods. The cider donuts and pies are to-die-for.
Please note: most orchards are not pet friendly.