Pick Your Own Farms in Connecticut invite people to help themselves!Pick Your Own season at Connecticut farms can run from strawberries and blueberries in May and June through apples and pumpkins in mid-fall. If you are able, check the farm website or call ahead before visiting a pick-your-own farm. Weather and climate conditions, rainfall, and other factors can cause normal harvest dates to shift. Farmers (or their websites) can tell you in in advance about picking conditions so you pick what you came to get! If you love fresh produce but are not up to the harvesting process, visit one of the many farmers markets in CT for fresh-grown fruits and vegetables. Many restaurants, wineries, and farming communities hold fun food events like tastings and cooking lessons.
1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2338
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road Shelton, CT Phone: 203-929-8425
Season and Hours: Strawberries in June; blueberries mid-July to late August. Call ahead for picking hours to Farmer Jones Crop Line at 203-929-8425.
Also: Farm has a winery, with tastings and seasonal events on the patio.
250 Calhoun Street Washington Depot, CT Phone: 860-868-2777
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Also: Farm stand with cider, apple cider donuts, cut flowers, jams and jellies, pies, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, mums, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, garlic, potatoes, some tomatoes, and gifts. After Thanksgiving, Christmas trees are sold untul December 24. Any remaining apples are sold from cold storage.
57 N.W. Corner Road Preston, CT Phone: 860-889-3766
Seasons: strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all summer; apples and pumpkins in the fall. Hotline at 860-887-8855 provides round-the-clock information on picking conditions and hours.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Also: Weekend hayrides during the pumpkin and apple season; Cut Your Own Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands.
125 Plumtrees Road Bethel, CT Phone: 203-748-0119
Seasons and Hours: September-October, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also: Farm market opens in late August, offering apples, plums and peaches, cider, cider donuts, fresh baked pies, jams and jellies. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch; gift shop.
25 Sugar Lane Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-5487
Season: Fall; opens late September.
Hours: Monday-Friday 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Also: Corn mazes, hay rides, a tree farm, and private bonfires available.
108 Crystal Pond Road Eastford, CT Phone: 860-974-1150
Seasons and Hours: Strawberries in June; blueberries from mid-July to late August; peaches from July to early September; apples from Labor Day to Halloween; Pumpkins from September to Halloween. See website for picking hours.
Also: Annual Fall Festival on Columbus Day weekend.
29 Bushy Hill Road Granby, CT Phone: 860-653-4022
Seasons and Hours: Apples are ready for picking in September and October. Blueberries in July and peach varieties in August and September. Raspberries in September. Check conditions on the 24-hour information line at 860-653-4022
Also: Cider mill, fresh cider, cider doughnuts, bakery with pies and tea breads.
483 Matson Hill Road South Glastonbury, CT Phone: 860-633-2789
Seasons and Hours: Cherries and berries, mid-June-September, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; tree fruits, pumpkins, and tomatoes, mid-July-October, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Also: Farm market with vegetables, herbs, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, winter squashes, apple cider, milk and cheeses, bakery products, seasonal flowers. Weekend hayrides to fields. In the fall, check out the pick-your-own pavilion, with picnic tables and concession stand selling hot apple fritters, chicken fingers, hot dogs, fries, bakery items, and much more!
12 Orchard Drive, Route 12 Gales Ferry, CT Phone: 860-464-7305
Seasons: Blueberries in early July; peaches, raspberries, and grape tomatoes begin August 1; summer apples and pears start in mid-August; nectarines in late August; pumpkins, squash, gourds, Indian corn, hay bales, cornstalks and mums in late September.
Hours: Summer hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Fall hours are daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick Your Own phone information line is 860-464-7107.
Also: Gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, winter squash, sweet cider, and dried flowers are also available in the fall.
436 Boston Post Road / Route 1 East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5209
Strawberry season begins about June 10. Apple season is early September through late October. Picking on Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 291 North Bride Brook Road. Pumpkin season is mid-September through October 31. Picking on Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 291 North Bride Brook Road. Raspberry season is July 4 through July 29 and August 22 through October. Picking is daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 436 Boston Post Road. Peach season is early August to mid-September. Picking daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 436 Boston Post Road.
Also: Farm store open mid-April to December 31, daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Selling maple products, pumpkins, jams, honey, pies, apple cider. Homemade donuts weekends in the fall.
251 Wallingford Road Cheshire, CT Phone: 203-272-7985
Seasons and Hours: Apples, mid-August to Halloween; peaches and nectarines, mid-August to September 30; pears, August 30 to September 20; plums, mid-August to mid-September. Call or consult website for hours of operation
Also: Farm stand selling fruit, corn, tomatoes, cider, honey and jams.
160 Munger Lane Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7721
Seasons and Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Twilight picking until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (last admittance 7 p.m.)
Also: Farm stand offers apples, peaches, tomatoes, corn, blueberries and cider from our own cider mill. On-site bakery for cider donuts, pies, and cookies. Jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup.
Information: www.marchfarm.com/pyo.asp .
451 Sport Hill Road Easton, CT Phone: 203-261-3306
Season and Hours: Rasperries, late June; peaches, mid-July; blueberries, August; apples, mid-August. Call For picking times.
Also: When PYO apple harvest ends in later fall, weekend scenic tractor rides will begin. Enjoy a 50-mile view of the countryside from one of the highest points in southern Connecticut. Five-acre animal park, pumpkin patch, cornstalks, gourds, greenhouse and gifts, county market, fresh-baked pies, local honey, New England jams, sweet cider, apple dumplings, pumpkins and Christmas trees.
435 Bassett Road Watertown, CT Phone: 860-274-0825
Seasons and Hours: Blueberries, July and August. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon.
278 Leavenworth Road / Route 110 Shelton, CT Phone: 203-926-1098
Season and Hours: August 1-December 24. Store Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Pick-your-own-apples: September & October weekends only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call ahead for availability and picking conditions
Also: Watch as apples are pressed into cider. Farm store features farm-baked products, cider donuts, maple syrup, local honey, fruit butter, jams and jellies, plums, peaches. The farm store is open mid-September-December 24.
50 Fairwood Road Bethany, CT Phone: 203-393-2929
Season: May 27- October 31
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Also: Fresh fruits and vegetables are hand picked daily and sold from the roadside farm stand at the farm, May through October. The farmstand also has flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, maple syrup. In the fall, you can buy corn stalk bundles, mums, and apple cider.
32 Route 37 East Sherman, CT Phone: 860-355-0271
Seasons and Hours: Raspberries and black berries August through October. Blackberries finish the end of August; raspberries last until the first major frost; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Also: Winery open May-December, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
461 Cornwall Bridge Road / Route 4 Sharon, CT Phone: 860-364-0025
Seasons and Hours: June to November, daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Also: Pressed apple cider available for tasting. Corn, tomatoes, vegetables, fresh baked pies, and cider donuts. Hayrides and corn maze.
1098 Main Street South Glastonbury, CT Phone: 860-657-8158
Season: May- December
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-6 pm.
Also: Farm stand offers peaches, plums, vegetables, cut flowers, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, pumpkins, and apple cider. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Farm, Long Bottom Road, and Sunnymount, Meriden-Waterbury Road Southington, CT, 06489 Phone: 860-229-4240
Also: Adjacent farm market sells fresh pies, apple cider, donuts, fresh picked apples, peaches, pears, and other native produce. Harvest calendar.
610 Colonel Ledyard Highway Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-7245
Season and Hours: Call ahead or see website for operating hours.
Also: Farm store sells apples, pies, cider.