With summer fading away, chilly autumn nights beginning to arrive, and changing colors emerging on the foliage -- now is the time to plan some apple orchard and pumpkin patch daytrips for the entire family to enjoy!
There's nothing like hitting the road (and turning off your smartphone) for a day of unplugged autumn mindfulness. Take a day off and enjoy a visually stunning ride beneath canopies of vibrant fall colors on winding country roads. Let the oranges and reds fill your soul with smiles as sun breaks through the fiery foliage and you catch the whisper of wood smoke on the falling-leave breezes.
Head for destinations where pumpkin patches, scarecrows and the comforting aromas of hot mulled cider and freshly baked spiced breads evoke cherished memories of autumns past.
Before you leave, be certain to procure some maple syrup, jams and jellies to take home with you. They'll remind you of this amazing day during breakfasts well into the winter months.
Here Are 3 Places To Pick Apples Near Greenwich, CT:
Blue Jay Orchards
Pick-your-own apples at Blue Jay Orchards -- a picturesque 140 acre farm nestled in the quaint New England town of Bethel, Connecticut, one of the very few remaining commercial orchards in Fairfield County. This farm's history as a modern orchard dates back to 1934.
As this colorful time of year approaches, the Blue Jay Orchards farm stand is usually stocked with apples, bakery goods, pies, jam/jellies, apple cider, and their fresh cider donuts. ALSO: local honey made from the bees that pollinate the apple trees is available to help with allergy season, along with adding sweetness to many recipes.
The Pumpkin Patch at Blue Jay Orchards opens September 19, 2020. The demand for pumpkins is greater than the 120 acres they have at the Bethel location - so they actually grow their pumpkins elsewhere, harvest them, and place them in their patch at Blue Jay assuring everyone access to a great pumpkin for the fall!
IMPORTANT: Blue Jay Orchards Farm Market is NOW OPEN with NEW STORE HOURS: 11am - 5pm 7 days a week. Pick Your Own will start September 5th, 2020 with McIntosh. Along with new hours you will notice a few other changes for the upcoming season. Following CDC guidelines: We ask all customers for the following: Please DO NOT enter the store if you are sick or not feeling well. Please limit the number of shoppers. We ask that only 2 family member per household enter the store at one time. Please remember to social distance and wear a face mask at all times. We have also installed plexiglass shields at the cashier locations to help protect our employees. Blue Jay Orchards will do our best to Social distance where ever possible! Due to Covid- 19 we are UNABLE to offer Wagon rides this season! To limit congestion areas and continue social distancing guidelines We will not be able to open our observation beehive this year. Apple Picking begins September 5th and will continue until the end of October. We look forward to seeing you this season and will do our best to keep everyone safe and healthy. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road
Bethel CT, 06801
Beardsley’s Cider Mill
In Shelton, Connecticut you can pick-your-own apples on a plot of land that the Beardsley family has been farming on since 1849!
Apples were originally planted at Beardsley's in the 1920’s -- and they are still being harvested today. The rejuvenated orchards at Beardsley's consist of over 10,000 dwarf and semi dwarf apple trees which only grow to a maximum of 10 to 12 feet for easy picking.
You can pick-your-own (on weekends only) in September and October (weather permitting) from 10am-5pm. Use the contact information below to call and ask for the exact dates and the varieties of apples that will be available for picking!
Beardsley’s Cider Mill offers untreated cider for making hard (alcoholic) cider. You can drop off your own container, barrel, or carboy, and they will fill it with fresh cider. The best apples for making hard cider usually ripen in late October thru early November such as Winesap, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, Fuji and Yellow Delicious, but some customers prefer hard cider from the earlier varieties too.
You will smell their farm-baked pies before you even walk into the Cider Mill. They are stuffed full of fresh fruit and are baked on the premises every day. You may also purchase their pies frozen to bake at your convenience.
Their farm store (OPEN daily 10-5:30 through Christmas) has apples available, as well as apple cider, pies, donuts, cookies, and other flavors of autumn and the holiday season!
IMPORTANT COVID-19: We will be trying hard to work safely and will follow the guidelines provided by the state of Connecticut this season. Social distancing in the Pick-Your-Own Orchard is relatively straight forward keeping 6 feet apart from others. Our farm store is small so we will be asking for just 1 customer per family to enter the store if possible and follow our social distance directions. Face masks are required to enter the farm store and to enter the orchard. Once you are in the orchard and can maintain a 6 foot distance from others, masks are optional. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE, COSTS, ETC.
Beardsley’s Cider Mill
278 Leavenworth Road
Shelton, CT 06484
Silverman's Farm has been a family owned and operated business since the early 1920's - and these days the crowds come out in large numbers for the fall festivities, including pick-your-own apples!
If you're seeking an autumnal wonderland to visit, where you can lose yourself in the hues, scents, and activities of the season - Silverman's is the spot! Fall foliage sets the backdrop for colorful displays of "New England" squashes, gourds, colorful mums, and indian corn. Haybales and cornstalks provide a vivid backdrop for unusual photo opportunities.
Silverman's Farm also has an animal farm where you can see, pet, and feed all sorts of unusual animals, including: buffalo, llamas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle, and exotic birds.
IMPORTANT: PYO will be available week days ONLY. There will be NO WEEKEND PICKING at this time. Bring your walking shoes this year! In accordance with the new guidelines put in place by the CDC and Connecticut Department of agriculture we will not be transporting you by tractor. You’ll be hoofing it!! Those of you who know us know that our orchard is not flat. So, bring your walking shoes and your “can-do” spirit! We’ll be with you every step of the way. For those of you who aren’t up for an orchard hike, we’ll be stocking the market and our weekend outdoor farm market with freshly harvested apples for pick-up. Please remember that masks are mandatory at the farm for adults and children over the age of 2 yrs that can safely wear one. Remember your water, sun hats, sunscreen AND your walking shoes!! During our pick-your-own season, we will continue to follow all state guidelines set forth for COVID-19. The health and safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us. We ask that adults wear a face covering while picking and do their best to help us maintain proper social distancing. We ask that children over the age of 2yrs, who are able to safely wear a mask, do so as well. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
451 Sport Hill Rd
Easton, CT 06612
Feature photo of Silverman's Farm by Pam Grunow
Writing by Eric Taubert