With summer drawing to a quick close and autumn creeping in, right now is an excellent time to put an apple picking excursion on your day-trip calendar!
Enjoy a visit to an apple orchard near Greenwich, Connecticut for a day of unplugged mindfulness. Experience the blazing autumn foliage and the vibrant fall colors of oranges and reds before the weather gets too cold. Head over to destinations to pick apples and other fruits and potentially enjoy pumpkin patches and cornfield mazes!
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 Several Destinations to Pick Apples (and pumpkins) Near Greenwich, CT!
We've been commercially growing fruit on the same land overlooking the Connecticut River for more than a century. It's on this land that you can enjoy being a farmer for an afternoon and pick nearly 100 varieties of fruits from June through October at CT Magazine's Best Pick-Your-Own Farm in Connecticut!
Since 1741, our family has been stewards of the land. Nine generations later, we still are committed to preserving our farmland for the generations that follow. Our Eco-certified apples and peaches are born and raised right here on our farm. Whether you buy them in the Apple Barrel or pick your own in the orchards, you are getting apples and peaches that are grown in ways that respect and preserve the ecology of our orchard.
We encourage you to come during the weekday (Monday through Friday) or earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon
COVID-19 Safety Measures
If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and do not come to the farm or PYO. Face coverings are recommended for Unvaccinated guests and employees when unable to maintain 6’ between you and others. You are requested to wash and/or sanitize your hands prior to entering the field, using the wash station or sanitizer. Purchase your containers at the designated Picking Booth. Use the containers that we provide. There is no need to bring your own containers. Once you are done picking you simply leave along the marked exit route and return to your vehicle—no more lines waiting to pay, and no large congregation around the PYO booth. A field monitor will assign you to the best picking area. We will redirect you once that area has been picked out. The number of pickers in the field will be limited at any given time to allow for safe social distancing—these limits will vary depending upon the field and/or the amount of ripe fruit within the field. Fruit picked cannot be consumed in the field, and should be washed/eaten at home. Picnicking activity will not be allowed in the Orchard or in the PYO area. Animals/Pets will not be allowed in the Orchard or in PYO area. If you require a service animal please contact us in advance for specific guidelines.
32 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield , CT , 06455
Phone: (860) 349-6010
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!
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road
Bethel CT, 06801
At Bishop’s Orchards we work hard and take pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year from our family to yours. All the fresh products are available either seasonally at our Pick-Your-Own (PYO) locations and/or annually at our farm market.
The summer sun shining down on our orchards provides an ideal location to spend part of the day to enjoy the fun of picking your own quality fruit directly from the bushes or trees. Each year the Pick-Your-Own season may vary due to weather and crop abundance, yet generally runs from mid-June until the end of October. We look forward to having your family and friends enjoy the fun and experience of our popular Pick-Your-Own season at Bishop’s Orchards!
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and don’t come to the farm or PYO. You are NOT required to wear a face mask while at our PYO fields, but please try to maintain a 6’ social distance from other picking groups. Social distancing will be maintained, 6’ between individuals/groups. You are requested to wash and/or sanitize your hands prior to entering the field—we’ll have a wash station and plenty of sanitizer available. Picking containers will be provided—you are not allowed to bring your own container(s). The payment method is pay-then-pick; you can choose between different size containers to purchase—you will save the more you pick. Once you are done picking you simply leave along the marked exit route and return to your vehicle—no more lines waiting to pay, and no large congregation around the PYO booth. A field monitor will assign you to a section in the field—you are asked to stay in that area and not wander to other parts of the field. The number of pickers in the field will be limited at any given time to allow for safe social distancing—these limits will vary depending upon the field and/or the amount of ripe berries within the field. Fruit picked cannot be consumed in the field, and should be washed/eaten at home. Picnicking activity will not be allowed on the farm or in the PYO area. Animals/Pets are not allowed on the farm or in PYO. If you require a service animal please contact us in advance for specific guidelines These limits may lead to wait times especially during busier times and or on weekends.
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford , CT , 06437-2399
Phone: 203 453-2338
Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
We have 8 acres flourishing with 11 varieties of delicious apples to eat, cook, make sauce, bake or use in salads.
Our Honeycrisps are delightful and one of our top sellers. We also have the heirlooms such as Cortlands and Northern Spys. McIntosh, Macouns, Gala, Empire, Ida Reds, Crispin (Mutsu), Red Delicious, and Yellow Delicious.
Available the beginning of September through early November. Fresh picked apples are also available in our farm store Saturday and Sunday, and pre-picked at our farm stand Monday through Friday.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Route 4 Sharon , CT , 06069 Phone: 860-364-0025 Website: ellsworthfarm.com
March Farm is a fourth generation family farm destination offering seasonal Pick Your Own berries and fruit along with family friendly activities.
The Farm Store and Bakery is stocked with farm grown produce, regional food specialties and fresh baked goods – everything you need to compliment your next meal or dessert. The rustically beautiful Pond Side Pines and Hill Top Orchard event spaces are perfect to host your next special occasion, outing or party no matter how small or large. Join us for our next Farm To Table Dinner and other special events – there’s always something to do at March Farm!
Pick Your Own Apples typically begins in the first weekend of September from the Farm Store Orchard with varieties including Cortland, Gala, Honey Crisp and Macintosh. Picking from the Hill Top Orchard begins mid-September and continues through October with varieties including Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Macintosh, Macoun, Mutsu, Red Delicious and Rome.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins typically begins late-September and continues through October. Grab a wagon and search the fields for a variety of pumpkins including large face pumpkins perfect for carving, smaller sugar pumpkins great for baking, and stackable pumpkins for outstanding decorations.
March Farm 160 Munger Lane Bethlehem , CT , 06751 Phone: (203)266-7721 Website: marchfarm.com
Norton Brothers Fruit Farm
Norton Brothers Fruit Farm is a family farm in Cheshire, Connecticut. Our farm is known as a place for a family outing - we welcome you to come, pick fruit, relax at the picnic tables or on the grass, shop in the farm stand, watch the bees making honey, or just enjoy mother nature and the views she provides on our grounds. So come, you won't be disappointed!
Our farm has a newly converted dairy barn as the retail farm stand where fresh produce, cider, flowers, hay, fresh and frozen pies, cinnamon sugar cider donuts, native honey for those with allergies, jellies and jams, snacks, and seasonal gifts are on display for sale. Here at Norton Brothers Fruit Farm we work hard to grow the highest quality fruits for you. We offer several varieties of peaches, apples, pears, and blueberries for you to pick-your-own. Bags are provided at no cost.
Norton Brothers Fruit Farm 466 Academy Road Cheshire , CT , 06410 Phone: (203) 272-8418 Website: nortonbrothersfruitfarm.com
Walk up to the barn and grab yourself a half bushel, pick your own bag and take a tour of our orchard as you find the best apples to fill your bag with. Come early or come late there will always be apples, pears and peaches to pick through the months of September and October even if you have to barrow a pole picker for hard to reach apples, pears and peaches.
Pre-pay $30.00 for a small bag (15 lbs of fruit) or $45.00 for a large bag (25 lbs of fruit) for your bag and the orchard and it’s glorious views are yours for the day.
If you came for pumpkins then you came to the right place. There is a wide selection of pumpkins, gourds and Halloween decorations that will get you in the fall spirit as soon as you lay eyes on our pumpkin patch (all pumpkins are vine free). Pick your favorite pumpkin and the friendly staff will weigh for you at the check out tent.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
If you do not have a reservation you will not be admitted to the farm upon arrival. Masks are required in all spaces that require you to wait in a line, while shopping in the farm stand, or while interacting with an employee on our facility. All farm employees will follow CDC guidelines while working at the farm.
Outhouse Orchards 139 Hardscrabble Rd North Salem , NY , 10560 Phone: (914) 277-3188 Website: outhouseorchardsny.com
Established in 1809, Rogers Orchards represents eight generations of family fruit growing in Southington, CT. A bicentennial farm, Rogers Orchards is a Connecticut landmark and a proud testament to Connecticut’s farming heritage.
Nothing beats a cool, crisp fall day in the orchard, with bright red or golden yellow apples just ripe for picking!
Bags are provided so you can fill them with your favorite varieties. Mix them up if you wish! Our 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. All your favorites for eating or baking!
Pick-Your-Own is open early September to late October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10:00-5:00, weather permitting. Don't miss a real taste of New England autumn; plan your trip to Rogers Orchards!
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and stop the spread. Please use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering our farm. Social distancing will be maintained at 6 feet in all areas of our farm. Face masks are not required in the field but are required when you cannot maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others. Picking bags will be provided - you are not allowed to bring your own bags or containers. Fruit picked cannot be consumed in the field and should be washed and eaten at home. Picnicking or any other related activities are not allowed on the farm. Once you are done picking, you don't need to check back with our staff and can simply return to your car.
Rogers Orchards 336 Long Bottom Road Southington , CT , 06489 Phone: (860) 229-4240 Website: rogersorchards.com
Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard
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!
Beardsley’s Cider Mill 278 Leavenworth Road Shelton, CT 06484 203-926-1098 Website: beardsleyscidermill.com
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.
Silverman's Farm 451 Sport Hill Rd Easton, CT 06612 (203) 261-3306 Website: silvermansfarm.com