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Top Spots To Pick Summer Fruit In Connecticut

July 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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There’s nothing better than fresh fruit straight from the tree or plant. This summer, some of your favorite fruits are sprouting across farms in Connecticut. Fortunately, many orchards and farms allow pick-your-own opportunities, creating a fun day outdoors. From strawberries and blueberries to cherries and peaches, Connecticut features the best locations to pick summer fruit.

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield, CT 06455
(860) 349-1793
www.lymanorchards.com

Lyman Orchards is a local favorite due to its seasonal events, delicious food in its Apple Barrel store and picking your own fruit. From June through October, Lyman Orchards has a variety of crops available for visitors to pick their own fruit or pumpkins, depending on what is in season. The summer fruit includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, jostaberries, peaches and nectarines. As you enter the months of autumn, pears, apples and pumpkins are also available. Before your visit, you can call its 24-hour hotline for up-to-date information on what fruits are available and field conditions. Free parking is available in designated and marked areas.

Rose’s Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road
South Glastonbury, CT 06073
(860) 633-7467
www.rosesberryfarm.com

When you think of fresh produce, Rose’s Berry Farm comes to mind. With over 40 acres of blueberries, this is the largest blueberry farm in Connecticut. Stop by Rose’s Berry Farm to pick your own blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, pumpkins and apples. The farm will provide free containers to take your fresh fruit home with you. In the winter, Rose’s also sells Christmas trees. No pets are allowed at the farm. Before or after your day of picking, plan breakfast with a view of the fields, offered June through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-2338
www.bishopsorchards.com

Bishop’s Orchards is a farm market and winery located in Guildford, Connecticut. Connecticut residents take the drive along I-95 to get fresh produce from Bishop’s store. It is also part of the Connecticut wine trail. A fun outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy is its pick-your-own fruits. Bishop’s Orchards has peaches, apples, blueberries, strawberries, pears and raspberries available in its pick-your-own fields. A map of the field locations is on the website. The pick-your-own information line can be reached at (203) 458-PICK for up-to-date details on the farm.

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Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd.
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-0025
www.ellsworthfarm.com

Tucked away in Litchfield County is the perfect place to pick your own cherries, plums, peaches, strawberries and raspberries this summer. Ellsworth Hill Orchard And Berry Farm has pick-your-own and pre-picked fruit available. In the fall, its featured pick-your-own items are apples, pears, figs, corn, vegetables and pumpkins. Follow signs on the farm for recommended picking areas based on fruit maturity. Port-a-potties are on site near the barn. No pets are permitted except those certified for handicapped assistance.

Norton Bros. Fruit Farm, LLC
466 Academy Road
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 272-8418
www.nortonbrothersfruitfarm.com

Plan your next family outing at Norton Bros. Fruit Farm in Cheshire, Connecticut. Variety is what makes this farm unique from the rest. Its good quality produce will go perfectly in your next recipe. Upon your arrival, you will be given free bags to collect your favorite fruits. In the summer months, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are aplenty. Norton Bros. Fruit Farm has four varieties of raspberries: black, red, orange and yellow. As summer nears August and the fall, this farm also has 18 varieties of apples and six varieties of pears.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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