There’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of freshly picked fruit. Forgo the grocery store this summer and visit one of these Connecticut fruit farms to pick your own bounty. From blueberries to peaches, you’ll find a wide selection of fruit to harvest at these local spots.
1. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
The long-standing Lyman Orchards has been around for more than 275 years. While best known for their apple picking bonanza and epic corn maze, this orchard also has pick your own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, pumpkins and more. Visit them at 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield, CT 06455.
2. Lapsley Orchard, Pomfret Center
For sweet blueberries and apples visit Lapsley Orchard. You can also pick herbs and flowers too. In the fall there will be plenty of pumpkins for the harvest season. Visit the orchard at 403 Orchard Hill Rd. Pomfret Center, CT 06259.
3. Buell's Orchard, Eastford
This orchard is loaded with apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and pumpkins to pick in season. But make sure to try the famous apple cider donuts while you're there, they're delicious! Find Buell's Orchard at 108 Crystal Pond Rd., Eastford, CT 06242
4. Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry
Fruit is ready to be harvested at Holmberg Orchards. You can pick apples, pears, pumpkins, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries. This beautiful location also has a bakery and winery on site. Visit the orchard at 12 Orchard La., Gales Ferry, CT 06335.
5. Bishop's Orchards, Guilford
You'll find strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins for picking at Bishop's Orchards. Visit the farm stand loaded with goodies, or enjoy a glass of wine at the on-site winery. Visit the orchard at 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT 06437.
6. Scotts' Connecticut Valley Orchards, Deep River
Fruit lovers will enjoy picking their own blueberries, peaches, and apples at this orchard. Later in the season, celebrate Halloween by finding the perfect pumpkin. Visit the orchard at 274 Kelsey Hill Rd., Deep River, CT 06417.
7. March Farm, Bethlehem
Kids will immediately be drawn to the goats and the hayloft playscape at March Farm. You can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches, and pumpkins in season. Enjoy snacks from the farm bakery or take a walk on the trails too. Find March Farm at 160 Munger La., Bethlehem, CT 06751.
8. Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm, Sharon
A wide selection including strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins awaits. Get ready to fill up on delicious fruit at 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069.
9. Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard, Granby
Enjoy picking blueberries, peaches, raspberries, and 15 varieties of apples at Clark Farms. They also have a bakery and ice cream at the farm, so there is no shortage of sweet stuff here. Find the farm at 29 Bushy Hill Rd., Granby, CT 06035.
10. Jones Family Farm, Shelton
This seventh generation family farm has strawberries and blueberries for the picking. You can also find pumpkins and Christmas trees for the holidays. Visit the award-winning winery for a refreshing glass of wine after you're done picking. Visit the farm at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT 06484.
For a complete list of pick-your-own farms, visit the Connecticut Department of Agriculture
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