Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Southern Connecticut? 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. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "pickit" and the one that ends with ".farms"; they do not update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly! I put dates to indicate when we last received an update from each farm,
and I make updates daily (each farm as their info changes). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
And if you know of any I missed and want to add them or correct the
information, please let me know!
What's in season in December 2016, and other
Notes for December 2016:Apples are still available,
but already picked. In some areas, late season crops, are still available
(if there hasn't been a frost) - like persimmons, pears, winter squash, kiwis,
even figs and raspberries. See your
crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. But
now it is time to tag your Christmas tree at a
Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and
free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your
children to a free Easter egg hunt -
see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!
The world's best
pumpkin pie recipe is here, and the
crust recipe is here! And we have
home canning, 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!
Southern Connecticut U-Pick Farms and Orchards, 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) (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, 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) (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31, 2014, from their website)
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.
(UPDATED: May 05, 2015, 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. (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, 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. And for a map to our farm,
click here. 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.
(UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: September 02, 2008)
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. (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31, 2014, from their
website) (UPDATED: October 15, 2008)
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).
(UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31, 2014, from their website)
Drazen Orchards - Uses integrated
pest management practices, apples, pears, peaches, plums, farm
market, picnic area
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone:
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31, 2014, from
their website) (UPDATED: September 24, 2012)
- 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.
emerald green email@example.com. 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. (ADDED:
September 12, 2010)
- Glendale Farms -
203 Herbert Street, Milford, CT 06460. Phone: (203)
874-7203 Fax: (203) 874-7499. PYO Strawberries available
approximately June 5th - June 30th.
- 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.
(UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED:
October 28, 2013, from their website)
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. (UPDATED: May
05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May
31, 2014, from their website)
- 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 And for a
map to our farm,
click here. 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. (UPDATED: May 31,
2014, from their website) (UPDATED: June 24, 2009)
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: And for a map to our farm,
click here. 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.
(UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: September 19, 2008)
Zentek Farms - tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplant
Higgins Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0444. Fax: (203)
email@example.com . 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. (UPDATED: May 05, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31, 2014, from
Local Honey Sources:
Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Farm Venues for Weddings, Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:
Maple Syrup Farms and Sugarworks:
peaceful hill tree farm - Fancy maple syrup, Dark amber
maple syrup, maple candies, gift shop, restrooms
118 Clark Hill
Road, East Hampton, CT 06424. Phone: 860-267-4341. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: when store is open. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit
cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: September 23, 2011)
Horse Rides and More:
New Haven County
Maple View Farm - children welcome, No pets please, No smoking
allowed, horse-drawn carriage rides, porta-potties, picnic area, pony rides,
farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, events at your
location (call for info)
603 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477. Phone:
email@example.com. Open: We are open all year by reservation;
Birthday parties a the farm are from April until November from 10:00 am to
6:00. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check. We also have Pony Rides available
for Birthday parties as well as the horsedrawn carriage. You can have your
party at our farm or we can come to your house with the ponies. The parties
at the farm include sheep, bunnies, the ride and a place to have your food.
We also have a playground. Favors are included. Call for pricing. New this
year is our Vis-a-Vis which is a horse-drawn wedding coach. It is available
for any special event. Always on the Sunday after Thanksgiving we have
horsedrawn wagon rides with Santa here at the farm. Reservations are a must
and we start booking in August. It is $5.00 per person. (ADDED: July 07,
Serenity Farm - Riding academies, schools, beginners riding
lessons, other, pony rides, birthday parties
108 Kelseytown Road,
Clinton, CT 06413. Phone: 860-669-6559. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: We bring the ponies out to events all
year round weather permitting; We can do pony rides at farm by appointment
only. Directions: Clinton, Ct but you must call for an appointment.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We provide
pony rides for Birthday Parties, Fairs, Corporate Events, Nursery Schools,
Television adds and programs, special events or holiday celebrations. The
ponies are beautifully decorated and adorable and friendly. We have been in
business for over 20 years and the list of satisfied customers is endless.
We bring the pony out to your home or facility. And we are fully insured.
(ADDED: March 02, 2011)
- 7 Falls Mushroom Farm - Local delivery,
all produce is certified organically grown,
156 Killingworth Road,
Higganum, CT 06441. Phone: (860) 306-6068. Email:
email@example.com. Open: Call for appointment.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Shiitake
Mushrooms. (ADDED: October 12, 2013)
Farm Bed And Breakfasts