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. If you find anything outdated or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!
New! As inflation remains high, see this page for cost-saving measures for
getting fruit and vegetables and home canning.
If you are having a hard time
finding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.
New! Road tripping and camping is a great way to have a fun, safe and inexpensive
family trip. The national and state parks and monuments are open, and campgrounds usually cost between $10 and $40 per night. September to November is the best
camping weather. See our new website Road Tripping and Camping.com for tips, tricks,
guides, checklists and info about parks, monuments and other places to visit.
New! We just went live with our latest website,
FunFactoryTours.com - As they name implies, you can find a fun factory tour, including chocolate, automobiles, historical forts and sites, famous buildings,
Active Federal facilities even fun geology: like fossils and volcanic areas
Note: Beware the copycat websites like the one that stole
our name and uses .farm extension: they copied my work and do NOT even update
the info! I make updates EVERY day. They use tech tricks to get higher rankings,
but have many more inaccuracies and out-dated info. Obviously, I cannot check
every farm every day, but I do check as many as I can every day, and respond to
all requests. They don't. Don't support the scammers!
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
anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -
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What's in season in December 2023, and other timely information:
Notes for December 2023: Summer is almost over and that means apples are here (see this new page for Apple Orchards in your area!), and except in northern areas, peaches and blueberries are finished. Some crops continue until
frost, like raspberries, blackberries, figs, corn and tomatoes. Check your area's
crop calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for
See these pages to find a local
and other festivals.
We have a extensive guide to apple varieties and a guide to peach varieties. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for
And don't forget CORN MAZES are open now - find a local maze 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. The worst is the one that stole our name but ends with .farm. (Yes, I've got lawyers on
it) 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
Children's Consignment Sales
are a great way to save money on clothes, toys, books, etc, They
occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
community or church kid's consignment sale!
Southern Connecticut U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2023, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
- Gotta's Farm - strawberries,
apples, peaches, pears
661 Glastonbury Turnpike, Portland, CT 06480. Phone: (860) 342-1844. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Friday 8 am to 1 pm for strawberries, later for apples, etc, 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. Gotta's Farm and Cider Mill Facebook page. Open May 1st for the season with annual & perennial flowering
plants. Their strawberry fields are located at 510 Main Street. Fresh fruits & vegetables available at farm stand from July to
December. mid-April and continues to be open until December 24th each year. Throughout the year, Gotta's offers a variety of annuals and perennials, an
array of produce grown and harvested on our farm. We offer mums and pumpkins in the fall, also Christmas trees and wreaths in the winter. We also have a
satellite stand (QP) on Route 66 in Portland.
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:
email@example.com. 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 Lyman Orchards Facebook page. You
can enjoy being a farmer for an afternoon and pick nearly 100 varieties of
fruits from June through October. PYO Apples, Asian Pears,
Regular Pears, Pumpkins, Squash Flowers, Summer Squash, and Raspberries are open from 9AM-4:30PM. Apple varieties are Honeycrisp, Macoun, McIntosh, Gala,
Cortland, Empire, Spencer, Jonamac, and Gingergold. Asian Pear varieties are Shinseiki, Hosui, Twentieth Century, and Niitaka. Regular Pear varieties are
Bosc and Magness.
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
Belinsky Family Farm - Apples, Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed
132 Moose Hill Road, Oxford, CT 06478. Phone: 203-888-0322.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: weekends from 9 am to 5 pm; call for weekdays. You can choose and cut
your own Christmas tree. Special prices on 6-7 foot Red Pine or Scotch Pine Christmas Trees: Pines Only $34.99!
Belinsky's Farm Facebook page. We have apples of different kinds Macintosh, Cortland, Delicious, Rome,
Greening, Empire, and Bosc pears. Only $8 (2021) per 1/2 peck. You may pick your own! We have pumpkins of all colors, shapes, and sizes. We have pumpkins
with hulless seeds- great for toasting! We also have gourds and squash. Also freshly harvested peaches (they are not PYO).
Old Bishop Farms of Cheshire CT - apples, blueberries, peaches gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic
area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, ,
500 Sooth Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-439-0783. Email:
Weds-Sun 8 am to 8 pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Christmas hours Monday thru Sunday 9am to 7 pm. Starts day after thanksgiving. 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. Payment: Cash, Check,
Old Bishop Farms of Cheshire CT facebook page.
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: email@example.com. 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. Bishop's Orchards Farm Market Facebook page. First crop will be our
Strawberries! Remember the Farm Market & Creamery are open year round and our Summer Music Series at the Little Red Barn will be OPENING June 4th. Stay
tuned for more information and we look forward to another fantastic year! At Bishop's Orchards we work hard and take pride in growing the highest quality
fruits to enjoy year after year from our family to yours. All the fresh products are available either seasonally at our Pick-Your-Own (PYO) locations and/or
annually at our farm market. The summer sun shining down on our orchards provides an ideal location to spend part of the day to enjoy the fun of picking
your own quality fruit directly from the bushes or trees. Each year the Pick-Your-Own season may vary due to weather and crop abundance, yet generally runs
from mid-June until the end of October. You can see the breakdown on our PYO Calendar. To ensure you have the most accurate information, we recommend
calling ahead at our 24-hour information phone line of 203-458-PICK (7425). This phone line is also updated daily during the picking season to provide the
latest information to all our valued customers. 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. 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Bishop's Orchards Farm Market Facebook page. First crop will be our Strawberries! Remember the
Farm Market & Creamery are open year round and our Summer Music Series at the Little Red Barn will be OPENING June 4th. Stay tuned for more information and
we look forward to another fantastic year! At Bishop's Orchards we work hard and take pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year
from our family to yours. All the fresh products are available either seasonally at our Pick-Your-Own (PYO) locations and/or annually at our farm market.
The summer sun shining down on our orchards provides an ideal location to spend part of the day to enjoy the fun of picking your own quality fruit directly
from the bushes or trees. Each year the Pick-Your-Own season may vary due to weather and crop abundance, yet generally runs from mid-June until the end of
October. You can see the breakdown on our PYO Calendar. To ensure you have the most accurate information, we recommend calling ahead at our 24-hour
information phone line of 203-458-PICK (7425). This phone line is also updated daily during the picking season to provide the latest information to all our
valued customers. 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: email@example.com.
Open: Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm. 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 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays 11 am to 3 pm. 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:
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.
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 email@example.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from 9 am
to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 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 - Strawberries
203 Herbert Street, Milford, CT 06460. Phone: (203)
874-7203 Fax: (203) 874-7499. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: PYO Strawberries are
approximately June 5th to June 30th. Strawberries are the first fruit available in Connecticut and signal the arrival of summer for many residents who look
forward to visiting one of the state's pick-your-own farms. The strawberry field at Glendale Farms is now open daily 8:30-5. Payment: Cash and checks
accepted.(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, apple cider, peaches, pears, blueberries , pumpkins, chestnuts, vegetables.
170 Fleming Road, Meriden, CT 06450. Phone: (203) 294-0276. Open:
Their sign says Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm and closed on Mondays. Their
farm gets good reviews online, but it appears that they no longer have anything online, no website, Facebook page, etc. The Facebook pages online are all
"unofficial". High Hill is one of the few places you can still get unpasteurized apple cider in Connecticut! (UPDATED: September 11, 2023, JBS)
A visitor writes on September 11, 2023:
"High Hill is wonderful! They also have pyo peaches, which are delicious. It's not pyo but they do sell paw paw, which is hard to find, and sell apple and
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.
Open: Weekends Only for PYO from 9 am to 5:30 pm, other non-pyo hours 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; from late August through
click here. Country store, gift baskets, dried & silk flowers, cider,
pies, donuts. Weekend hayrides, school groups welcome.
Hickory Hill Orchards Facebook page.
There are over 33 acres with twenty varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, and nectarines and an artisanal country store with homegrown produce and
gourds, jams, honeys, locally baked apple cider donuts, gourmet foods, seasonal decorative items, and more. Bosc Pears, Peaches, Macintosh, Gala,
Sanza, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun and more. (UPDATED: October 17, 2022, JBS)
- 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. Email:
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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Hours vary by season, please call us for more
information; The farm market is open from 9 am to 6 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 -
strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplant
Higgins Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0444. Fax: (203)
email@example.com . Open: PYO starts in late May
9 am to 5 pm everyday. We also have a
farm market-we raise corn and other vegetables. Typical availability: JUNE:
Strawberries. AUGUST: Green Beans, Eggplant, Hot and Sweet Peppers,
Italian Flat Beans, Tomatoes, Yellow Beans. SEPTEMBER: Cabbage,
Cantaloupes, 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.
We do "pick your own" vegetables throughout the summer!! In the fall we have mums and pumpkins, in the winter we sell Christmas trees and decorated
Christmas products wholesale as well as in our stand, retail.