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.

Pick Your Own Farms in Connecticut
Gilson Farm

57 Wapping Road Broad Brook, CT Phone: 508-380-0499

Nestled in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley, Gilson Farm is a testament to four generations of dedication and agricultural expertise since the 1890s. Spanning acres of beautifully groomed fields, this family-owned farm invites you to experience blueberries at their best. Whether you enjoy them fresh or frozen for later use (or both!), these blueberries are not only delicious, but also packed with nutrients. These juicy gems are rich in antioxidants and nutrients known to support heart health, cognitive function, and overall well-being. While at the farm, be sure to grab the 2024 brochure, packed with delicious recipes to make the most of your berry bounty. Gilson Farm has a loyal following of families who return each year and always look forward to the new recipes suggested. Head there during blueberry season and discover why their blueberries are a cherished part of local tradition.
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon and 3:30-7:20 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
PYO Farms - Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, CT
Bishop's Orchards

1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2338

Farm’s abundant fruit patches and orchards provide visitors with the pick of the season

Once you taste the fruit you pick off the bush, tree or vine at Bishop’s Orchards, you may never go back to buying it off the grocery shelves! The highest-quality fruits are grown at the family farm, which goes back to 1871. The pick-your-own season starts in mid-June with luscious strawberries, then continues with several varieties of blueberries; soft, fuzzy-skinned freestone peaches; sweet, tangy raspberries; then, from late August to mid-September, Bartlett and Bosc pears. Over 20 varieties of apples make their appearance from late August to late October, when a tractor trailer will take you from the parking area into the orchards. The season wraps up from mid-September to Halloween with pumpkins (and lots of family activities). Don’t forget to visit the market and the Creamery!
March Farm

160 Munger Lane Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7721

Crops: Cherries (mid-June to early July); blueberries (mid-July through August); peaches (mid-July through August); apples and pumpkins (September through October).
Seasons and Hours: Farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
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.
Maple Lane Farms

57 N.W. Corner Road Preston, CT Phone: 860-889-3766

Crops: Cut your own Christmas tree starting the day after Thanksgiving. Call 24-hour info line at 860-887-8855 for up-to-date information
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Farm Stand - Castle Hill Farm - Newtown, CT
Castle Hill Farm

1 Sugar Lane Newtown, CT, 06470 Phone: 203-426-5487

PYO: Pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Cut your own Christmas trees opens the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. Main tree farm is at 5 Hattertown Road, Newtown; satellite location on corner of Sugar Lane, right after greenhouse entrance.
Also: Corn mazes, a tree farm, and private bonfires available. Farm stand, farm animal exhibit, farm-to-table dinners.
Dates & Hours: Farm Stand open July thru October, Weekends 10am - 5pm. Christmas tree farm is open Weekends starting November 26, 9am - 4:30pm. Event venue tours by appointment. Please check the website for upcoming events.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm

461 Cornwall Bridge Road / Route 4 Sharon, CT Phone: 860-364-0025

Crops: Strawberries and cherries, June and July; raspberries, blueberries, plus, peaches (July and August); peaches, blueberries, (August and September); apples, peaches, blueberries, pears (September and October); apples, pumpkins, gourds, pears (October and November). Download a PYO brochure on the farm website.
Seasons and Hours: June to November, daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cash payment only in picking fields.
Also: Pressed apple cider available for tasting. Corn, tomatoes, vegetables, fresh baked pies, and cider donuts. Hayrides and corn maze. Vintage Lionel Interactive Train Display (open every day, but the trains run 5 to 5:30 p.m.); large crossword puzzle corn maze (with clues); open Labor Day weekend until late November; Mother Nature’s Candy Store.
Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard

278 Leavenworth Road / Route 110 Shelton, CT Phone: 203-926-1098

Crops:Apples, from mid-September to mid-October.
Season and Hours: PYO weekdays only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call for phone updates. Cider mill retail store is open every day, mid-September through Christmas, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cash or check only are accepted.
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.
Allyn's Red Barn

610 Colonel Ledyard Highway Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-7245

Crops: Apples. Varieties include Cortland, McIntosh, Mutsu, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macoun, Northern Spy, Spygold, and Spartan.
Season and Hours: PYO starts in September; call or email allynsredbarn@hotmail.com for updates.
Also: Farm store sells apples, pies, cider.
Buell's Orchard

108 Crystal Pond Road Eastford, CT Phone: 860-974-1150

Crops: Strawberries in June, blueberries from mid-July to late August; peaches from early August to early September; apples from Labor Day through late October; pumpkins from late September through Halloween.
Seasons and Hours: See website for picking hours.
Also: Annual Fall Festival on Columbus Day weekend.
Rogers Orchards

Home Farm, Long Bottom Road, and Sunnymount, Meriden-Waterbury Road Southington, CT, 06489 Phone: 860-229-4240

PYO Crops: McIntosh, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, Ida Reds, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, and Mutsu.
Seasons and Hours: Pick-Your-Own season begins around Labor Day with McIntosh and Jonamac apples and continues through late October; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Also: Adjacent farm market sells fresh pies, apple cider, donuts, fresh picked apples, peaches, pears, and other native produce. - Harvest Calendar
Drazen Orchards

251 Wallingford Road Cheshire, CT Phone: 203-272-7985

Crops: Blueberries (late July to mid-September); peaches (August to mid-September); nectarines (mid-August); pears (August and September); quince (October, after first frost); Asian plums (August); Italian prune plums (Sept. 7); apples (mid-August to mid/late October)
Hours: for PYO, call or visit Facebook page for hours and availability. Farm stand is open August through November, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Also: Farm stand selling fruit, corn, tomatoes, cider, honey and jams. to list of what they sell: apple cider donuts, artisan pumpkin and apple pies, flowers, snacks
Clover Nook Farm

50 Fairwood Road Bethany, CT Phone: 203-393-2929

PYO: Pumpkins.
Season: Fall, weekends only
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Also: Fresh fruits and vegetables are picked daily and sold from the roadside farm stand at the farm, May through October. The farm stand also has flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, maple syrup, sweet corn, lamb, pork, beef, tomato sauces and salsas. In the fall, you can buy corn stalk bundles, mums, apple cider.
Evergreen Berry Farm

435 Bassett Road Watertown, CT Phone: 860-274-0825

Crops: Blueberries (July to early August); black raspberries (early to mid-July); red raspberries (early July).
Seasons and Hours:No Sunday hours; call for current hours and picking conditions or check the farm’s Facebook page. Masks required at weigh station; social distancing in field.
Jones Family Farms at Valley Farm

606 Walnut Tree Hill Road Shelton, CT Phone: 203-929-8425

PYO Crops: Strawberries (June); blueberries (early July to mid-August, you need a reservation); Christmas trees (starts weekend before Thanksgiving.
Season and Hours: Call ahead for picking hours to Farmer Jones crop line at 203-929-8425. Customers also should check out the farm's Facebook page for hours and availability. Closed Thanksgiving Day and at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Also: Farm has a winery, with tastings and seasonal events on the patio.
Holmberg Orchards

12 Orchard Drive, Route 12 Gales Ferry, CT Phone: 860-464-7305

Crops: Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, raspberries, pumpkins, cut flowers.
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:Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. (Call ahead; hours may change.) 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. Donuts, slushies. And, wine and cider barn open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. for outside tastings
Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Road Bethel, CT Phone: 203-748-0119

Crops: Apples
Seasons and Hours:PYO apples starts September 5. PLACE Check website and Facebook for info. Market opens end of August, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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.
Belltown Hill Orchards

483 Matson Hill Road South Glastonbury, CT Phone: 860-633-2789

Crops: Crops and seasons: apples (August through October); blueberries (July and August); sweet cherries (mid-June to early July); tart cherries (July); nectaries (mid-July to mid-September); peaches (mid-July to early September); pears (mid-July to mid-September); plums (July and early September); pumpkins (mid-September through October); raspberries (mid-August to mid-September).
Seasons and Hours: PYO, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it’s best to call; market, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Also: Farm market with vegetables, herbs, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, winter squashes, apple cider, milk and cheeses, bakery products, seasonal flowers, Christmas trees. In the fall, check out the hot apple fritters, chicken fingers, hot dogs, fries, bakery items, and much more.
Averill Farm

250 Calhoun Street Washington Depot, CT Phone: 860-868-2777

PYO: Apples and pears (also picked and sold by the farm)
Season: Mid-August-Thanksgiving
Hours: PYO Hours: August 15 to Thanksgiving, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; November 1-25, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 until December 24. Any remaining apples are sold from cold storage.
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Scott's Yankee Farmer

436 Boston Post Road / Route 1 East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5209

Crops: Strawberries (early June to early July); raspberries (July); blueberries and blackberries (July and early August); cut flowers (July and August); peaches (August); sunflowers (mid-August to early September); apples (September and October); pumpkins (October)
Seasons and Hours:PYO Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (these hours may change so call ahead) Store Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Bushy Hill Orchard

29 Bushy Hill Road Granby, CT Phone: 860-653-4022

Crops: Apples, blueberries.
Seasons and Hours: Blueberries and peaches picking times are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apple picking hours to be announced, but season starts in late August. Check conditions on the 24-hour information line at 860-653-4022 or email questions to: clarkfarm29@att.net.
Also: Cider mill, fresh cider, cider doughnuts, bakery with pies and tea breads, soul food dinners on Friday nights; farm-to-table breakfast/brunch Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; ice cream, cafe,
Silverman's Farm

451 Sport Hill Road Easton, CT Phone: 203-261-3306

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. PYO Crops: PYO raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples (change season to late August to early November)
Season and Hours: PYO hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in season. Market and animal farm open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., early spring to December 31.
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.
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