Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Southern Connecticut? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Southern Connecticut,
sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name
(see "What does Organic mean?").
The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for
a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this
page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined;
click on it and it will open their website. If you find anything outdated or
inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
Pricing information - I am building a pricing guide to help you know what
the typical prices are for each crop.
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook
page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or
Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally
overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with
the farm directly before you go!
And if you know of any farms I missed and want to
add a farm, please let me know!
I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find
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What's in season in October 2020, and other timely information:
Notes for October 2020: Summer is almost here! Strawberry season is finished in all but the far northern ands cooler areas. Blueberries, blackberries
are in season in most areas, also tomatoes, peaches and most vegetables . Check your area's
copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for
Now, more than ever, going to a farm, being outside, away from crowds, getting fresh, local produce, makes more sense than ever before! It's a fun, safe
and educational to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies and more, then come back here to learn how to freeze, can, make jam, salsa and much more!
Of course, check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours. We also have a
state-by-state guide to Farm COVID-19 requirements here.
See our comprehensive list of
home canning, jam and jelly
making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access
recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
feel free to write me! It is easy to
make your own ice cream,
even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note,
there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now, using similar sounding names. They have all
copied their information from here and usually do not ever update. Since
2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see
anything wrong or outdated, please
waterbath canners and
pressure canners, are getting hard to find as
people are doing more home canning than ever before. You can still get them online (see links at left) but prices are going up as the less expensive models are
selling out. Food dehydration is becoming a popular and inexpensive alternative; see this page about drying
your own fruits and vegetables and where to get a food dryer.
Children's Consignment Sales
occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
community or church kid's consignment sale!
See these pages to find a local
Strawberry Festival, or a
Cherry or cherry blossom festival
or a Blueberry festival. Some may still be held in 2020.
Southern Connecticut U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2020, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
- Gotta's Farm -
apples, peaches, pears
661 Glastonbury Turnpike, Portland, CT 06480. Phone: (860) 342-1844. Email:
email@example.com. Open: Monday to Friday 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday and
Sunday 8 am to 6 pm; Gotta's Farm opens May 1st for the season with
spring plants. PYO strawberries in June, peaches in Aug, apples in September
and October. Open May 1st for the season with annual & perennial flowering
plants. Fresh fruits & vegetables available at farm stand from July to
December. (UPDATED: June 25, 2016, JBS)
Comments from a visitor on July 21, 2009:
"This has been our family's favorite for many, many years! The crops are
amazing, prices great too! They have some of the best PYO apples around."
Lyman Orchards - PYO strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,
flowers, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples & pumpkins, Corn maze
Jct. Routes 147 and 157, Middlefield, CT 06455. Phone: (860) 349-1793.
Fax: (860) 349-1424. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy 1100 acres of championship golf,
championship pies, and Family Fun! CT's largest indoor Farm Market. Corn
maze from September 6 - November 2. Corn maze: Sept.-October. Great
food at the Apple Barrel - home of CT's Best Apple Pie! 24 hour PYO hotline:
860-349-6015. It's simple to pick your own at Lyman Orchards.
Before coming to pick, always call our 24-hour hotline for up-to-the-minute
crop and field conditions, varieties, and current market prices. We update
the message as often as necessary (especially in rainy or overcast weather)
in order to help you make the best arrangements for your picking trip You
can enjoy being a farmer for an afternoon and pick nearly 100 varieties of
fruits from June through October. (UPDATED: June 25, 2016, JBS)
Comments from a visitor on July 07, 2011:
"The farm is huge but you can drive close to the different u-pick sites and
it's well-signed so they are easy to locate. You pay for what you pick at
the location but they still take credit cards. You can bring your own
containers if you want and they will pre-weigh them for you (so you don't
pay for the weight of the container)."
Scott's Connecticut Valley Orchards - blueberries, peaches,
274 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417. Phone:
860-526-9633. Open: call for hours; Pick-your-own starts in early July to
September with blueberries, late July to mid September for peaches, late
August through Halloween for apples, and late September on for pumpkins.Click here for a link to our Facebook page(UPDATED:
December 06, 2016, JBS)
Scott's Farm and Greenhouses - strawberries, flowers
81 Plains Road, Route 153, Essex, CT 06426. Phone: 860-767-7059.
Strawberries, June, PYO flowers from early July until mid October. We have
dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, snaps, celosia, cosmos, and 30 additional
varieties for your cutting pleasure.Pick Your Own Fruit Dates are
approximate and are affected by the weather.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: December 06, 2016, JBS)
New Haven County
Bishop Farms of Cheshire CT - apples,
blueberries, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic
area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
500 So Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-8243. Fax:
email@example.com. Directions: Route 84 to 691 exit 3 south on route 10
left onto route 70 1.5 miles on right. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in August, September, October,
November, December. Open: Monday to Friday,9am to 5pm , Saturday and
Sunday,9am to 6pm. Christmas hours Monday thru Sunday 9am to 7 pm. Starts
day after thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
Bishop's Orchards location 1 - PYO Strawberries, winery, blueberries,
peaches, pears, apples, raspberries and pumpkins
1355 Boston Post Road (US Rte 1, I-95 Exit 57), Guilford, CT 06437. Phone:
(203) 458-7425. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: from June-October daily until 7pm.
Pick-your-own season starts in June with strawberries and goes
through October with apples and pumpkins. In December we have cut-your-own
Christmas trees. Since 1871, six generations of Bishop's have been serving
Connecticut with farm products. The market is open all year till 7 pm (Sun
till 6pm), featuring a bakery & kitchen specializing in pies & prepared meal
solutions, produce from our 300 acre farm & around the world, meats, dairy
products, flowers, and gift baskets. Bishop's Orchards Winery offers our own
wine & CT wines 7 days a week. Pick your own in Guilford goes from June till
October open from 10-5, with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears,
apples, raspberries & pumpkins. Visit our Llamas & Alpacas too! Northford
Market should read Since 1871, five generations of Bishop's have been
serving Connecticut with farm products. Open weekends 10-5 in September and
October, Bishop's Northford Orchard has Pick Your Own Apples and Peaches,
plus Farm Market products including pies, cider and apples and pumpkins. Our
main farm in Guilford is open all year around. There is
a blog article about them here.
Bishop's Orchards Location 2- PYO apples & peaches, pumpkins
1916 Middletown Ave (Rte 17, 3 miles N of Rte 22), Northford, CT 06472.
Phone: (203) 458-PICK. Email:
email@example.com. Since 1871, 5 generations of Bishop's have
been serving CT with farm products. Our Guilford Farm is open all
year, and our Northford PYO & Market is open in September and October with
peaches, apples, mums, pumpkins, pies, & cider.
Weekends, hop on our wagon ride when you PYO apples. Bishop's has been
serving CT since 1871. Open: weekends 10am to 5pm in September and October.
Our Northford Orchard has farm market products-pies, cider, apples &
pumpkins. Our Guilford farm is open year round (see previous listing).
Blue Hills Orchard - apples, porta-potties, school tours, group reservations
141 Blue Hills Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Phone: (203)
269-3189. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open: Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm. Open:
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
Click here for our Facebook page. This year, we will be kicking off our apple growing season by offering Pick Your Own to our customers! The farm has
worked hard to create a fun and safe, family-friendly experience for the members of our community to enjoy. Our Pick Your Own activities will be operating
Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-3pm. Customers may arrive at any point through these time slots to take part in the picking. Once you arrive, you must
check-in at the store to claim your spot on the wagon down to the designated picking area. (ADDED: August 12, 2020)
Drazen Orchards -
Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, pears, peaches, plums, farm
market, picnic area
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone:
email@example.com. Open: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm Early
August to October 31; Closed Tuesdays. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management
practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover,
Click here for our Facebook page.
Blueberries: Late July to mid-September
Peaches: August to mid-September
Yellow & White Nectarines: Mid-August
Bartlett & Bosc Pears: August
Quince: October/ after first frost
Asian Plums: August
Italian Prune Plums : September 7
Apples, by variety:
Ginger Gold -
Zestar - August 24
Gala - September 7
Honeycrisp - September 7
MacIntosh - September 13
Cortland - September 15
Early Fuji -
Macoun - September 25
Red Delicious - September 27
Empire - October 4
Jonagold - October 10
Golden Delicious - October 11
Baldwin - October 17
Mutsu - October 18
- Emerald Green Farm and Gardens -
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use,
apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, pears, peaches,
plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), Fresh eggs, gift shop,
84 Tankwood Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Phone: 203 -949-0594.
Email: emerald green firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am
to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone for holiday
Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: Late June through
September peaches and plums : July through September Apples: Late July
through November. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals.
Payment: Cash, Check. Greenhouses with a large selection of annual flowers
and hanging baskets Country store and garden center gift shop.
- Glendale Farms -
203 Herbert Street, Milford, CT 06460. Phone: (203)
874-7203 Fax: (203) 874-7499. Open: PYO Strawberries are
approximately June 5th to June 30th. (UPDATED: June 22, 2018)
visitor writes on June 22, 2018: "Glendale Farm does not have
strawberries this year milford ct"
High Hill Orchard -
Uses natural growing practices, Apples, pears, blueberries (check
on the blueberries!), pumpkins, chestnuts, vegetables.
170 Fleming Road, Meriden,
CT, 06450. Phone: (203) 294-0276. Open: July 2nd to September Sat/Sun 10-5
September to Thanksgiving Tuesday to Thursday 12 pm to 6 pm, Saturday and
Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Thanksgiving to
December 24th - Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Excellent apple and pear cider in fall. Some
organic produce, some are low input. Hayrides in September and October.
Visit our farm stand for our own fresh apple cider & vegetables.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: October 10, 2020 JBS)
Hickory Hill Orchards -
peaches, apples, pears, pumpkins, nectarines
351 South Meriden Road,
Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0181. Alternate phone: (203) 272-3824 Fax:
(203) 272-3824. Email:email@example.com.
click here. Open Daily 10:00am - 5:30pm; August 20, 2005 through
December 2005. Country store, gift baskets, dried & silk flowers, cider,
pies, donuts. Weekend hayrides, school groups welcome.
- Ives Farm - pumpkins, strawberries, pumpkin
patch-pick in the field, corn maze, and prepicked produce, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony
1585 Cheshire St, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-5847
Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in May, July, August, September,
October. Open: Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday and
Sunday 9am to 5pm. Fall Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and
Sunday 10am to 5pm. "Flowers" May 1st, Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Geraniums &
Perennials, Retail & Wholesale. "Strawberries" June 5th to July 1st (weather
permitting) "Fresh Sweet Corn & Produce" July 10th "Fall Activities" October
1st to 31st Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
Norton Brothers Fruit Farm -
blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears, peaches, Pumpkins, PYO apples,
pears & peaches, Christmas trees, Hay rides.
450-466 Academy Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-8418. PYO
apples, pears, plums, peaches. Retail fresh produce, gifts, pumpkins. Open
mid-spring through the winter, the farm has native strawberries as soon as
they're ready; blueberries and raspberries for pick-your-own starting in
June; peaches soon after for picking, six varieties of pears, and from
August through October over 34 varieties of apples to pick. Hay rides,
pumpkins, scarecrows, and Christmas trees and decorations keep everyone busy
during the seasons. September and October are the busiest times for area
schools to have educational and fun tours throughout the farm. Birthday and
other parties can use the farm facilities also. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(UPDATED: December 06, 2016, JBS)
Comments from a visitor on September 27, 2011: "Hi! First of all, I want to
thank you for running such an amazing, comprehensive site! I always turn
here first for canning info and to find local farms. I especially liked
Norton Brother's Farm in Cheshire, CT. It's a great family-run place, with
tons of apples and raspberries, and without the crowds and overwhelming size
of some of the larger places. They even had a couple of old tractors near
the parking lot for kids to climb on, which was a bigger hit than the fruit
for my 4-year-old! "
Comments from a visitor on July 07, 2011: "Not as busy as bigger farms. The
walk from the farm stand to the picking site might be far (i.e.
blueberries). More expensive than other farms. "
Rose Orchards - apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries,
prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area,
farm animals, school tours
33 Route 139, North Branford, CT 06471. Phone:
203-488-7996. Open: Hours vary by season, please call us for more
The farm market is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days
a week; The Creamery is now open for the season 9 am to 9 pm. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August,
September, October. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. The Rose
Farm is committed to providing good family fun in a beautiful outdoor
setting complete with farm animals for the children to feed, a hay maze for
children to play in, and a scenic hayride tour through a covered bridge and
the woods. Pick Your Own is available for strawberries, apples, pears, and
raspberries. We have a large
variety of fresh baked pies and baked goods, including bread, muffins,
cookies, and biscuits. The Creamery serves old fashioned frozen custart and
frozen yogurt. We have sundaes, pie a la mode, and a variety of other
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
- Zentek Farms - tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplant
Higgins Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0444. Fax: (203)
firstname.lastname@example.org . Open: PYO starts in August. We also have a
farm market-we raise corn and other vegetables. Typicasl availability: JUNE:
AUGUST: Green Beans, Eggplant, Hot and Sweet Peppers,
Italian Flat Beans, Tomatoes, Yellow Beans. SEPTEMBER: Cabbage,
Canteloupes, Green Beans, Eggplant, Hot and Sweet Peppers, Italian Flat
Beans, Tomatoes, Yellow Beans, Watermelons/. OCTOBER: (if no frost)
Beans, Cabbage, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes. CLOSED ON RAINY DAYS. Call
ahead to be sure we are open.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.