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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Hartford and Surrounding Connecticut in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Hartford County

  • Appleberry Farm - PYO apples, peaches, pears, pumpkins, raspberries.
    749 North Stone Street, West Suffield, CT 06093. Phone: (860) 668-7252. Open: 1 - 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Fax: (860) 668-7013. UPDATE for 2021, They must have closed; I cannot find anything current about them except of the copycat website who copy my work and then never update their pages (like the copycatters at .farm) Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me, their last reported hours were Call for availability. Salesroom open Seasonal.
  • Belltown Hill Orchards - apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins, Other fruit or veg, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    483 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury, CT 06073. Phone: 860-633-2789. Email: [email protected]. Open: mid-June to late October, Varies on varieties, please call ahead or check our website. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Belltown Hill Orchards Facebook page. . . We offer many varieties of stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums, and berries, apples, pears, and of course a full pumpkin patch for your Pick-Your-Own needs. We are also one of the only farms in Connecticut to offer Pick-Your-Own cherries. Typical seasons are apples (August through October); blueberries (July and August); sweet cherries (mid-June to early July); tart cherries (July); nectarines (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).A visitor writes on November 14, 2014: "They have PYO apples, pears, peaches, cherries and more. The kids love the tractor ride around the farm. It's fantastic."
  • Berruti's Harvest House - PYO apples, pumpkins & flowers.
    1098 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT 06073. Phone: 860-657-8158. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily, from 8 am to 7 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Our nostalgic farm stand also has baked goods, fruits, & veggies, local honey, & maple syrup.
  • Bushy Hill Orchard at Clark Farms - apples, raspberries, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, school tours
    29 Bushy Hill Road, Granby, CT 06035. Phone: 860-653-4022. Email: [email protected]. Open: Blueberries and peaches picking times are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Bushy Hill Orchard at Clark Farms Facebook page. . 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 or email questions. Crops are usually available in September, October. Over twenty different and unusual apple varieties on trellised trees (easy to reach, lots of fruit). Also have blueberries for sale in July and delicious, juicy old peach varieties in August and September. Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard Facebook page. U-Pick raspberries in September. Fresh cider. Amazing cider doughnuts. Bakery with fresh made pies and tea breads. Open from August through end of November.
  • Dondero Orchards, LLC - Rhubarb, apples, peaches, plums, blueberries, black raspberries & strawberries, pears, flowers, pumpkins, tomatoes & lettuce.
    529 Woodland Street, South Glastonbury, CT 06073. Phone: (860) 659-0294. Email: [email protected]. Open: see their website for dates, hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions.
    Dondero Orchards, LLC Facebook page. . Alternate phone: (860) 633-2375. . Dondero Orchards Facebook page. During the season, we offer pick your own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Lettuce, Peas and more! We also grow more fruit, vegetables & herbs. Their bakery was voted BEST in CT for our Arugula Pesto, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Bread and Butter Pickles, Green Tomato Relish! CT Specialty Food Association held the competition. We're celebrating 101 years! Follow us for more info about our farm dinners in the summer and family events throughout the year, plus specials on our produce and products.
  • Dondero Orchards, LLC Mountain View Farms - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, apples, pears, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes
    3582 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Phone: 860-430-2122. Email: [email protected]. Open: see their website for dates, hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions.
    Dondero Orchards, LLC Mountain View Farms Facebook page. . We also grow more fruit, vegetables & herbs. Hebron Avenue farm is 3 years strong this year and growing in leaps and bounds! Dondero Orchards Facebook page. During the season, we will offer pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, MacIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macoun and Cortland Apples, Bartlett and Bosc Pears, Peppers, Egg Plant and Tomatoes.
  • Draghi Farm - PYO peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, vegetables, Farm stand
    379 Scantic Road, East Windsor, CT 06088. Phone: 860-282-9063. Open: July thru October from 8 am to 6 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. fresh picked available at our farm stand. Homemade pies, local honey.
  • Easy Pickin's Orchard - PYO Apples, peaches, plums, raspberries, blueberries, vegetables, flowers & pumpkins. Wagon rides
    46 Bailey Road, Enfield, CT 06082. Phone: (860) 763-FARM. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid-July thru October: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 12noon; Friday thru Sunday 9am to 5pm; Closed Tuesdays; Labor Day and Columbus Day: 9am to 5pm ; For "off season" hours, see our website. Directions: See their website for directions. EASY PICKIN's is a unique farm in a quiet corner of Enfield, Connecticut. Not only do we grow over 100 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs, we offer you the opportunity to pick these treasures from our gardens and groves. The kids will enjoy an outing at the farm with all the sites and activities, but don't miss the chance to teach them about the garden. Easy Pickin's has expanded its operations to include apples, peaches, plums, pears, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and much, much more. Our goal is to provide fresh produce to our customers while providing them with an enjoyable experience. Customers can simply come and enjoy the outdoors or they can participate in the other activities we offer such as wagon rides, scarecrow making, and our very popular annual Gourd Hunt. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Easy Pickin's Orchard Facebook page. /763-3276. . We also have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program; see the details on our website.
    Comments from a visitor on September 20, 2010: "A friend had a birthday party there for her son and now I am a regular, great place"
  • Karabin Farms - apples and pumpkins
    894 Andrews Street, Southington, CT 06489. Phone: (860) 620-0194. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily from 9am to 5pm April-Dec; PYO weekends September and October. Click here for a map and directions. Fax: (860) 621-2058. . Scenic wagon rides to our orchard and pumpkin field. Numerous farm animals on working family farm. Farm stand open early August until late October. All apple varieties both heirloom and new are grown on dwarf kid friendly trees. Pick your own begins with Zestar in mid August and ends with Cameo and Red Delicious in October. All PYO include a free wagon ride to our scenic orchard Friday - Monday 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors are encouraged to sample the apples before they pick. All bags are sold in the store prior to boarding the wagons.
  • Lost Acres Orchard - apples
    130 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT 06060. Phone: (860) 653-6600. Email: [email protected]. Open: all year with apples, cider, pies, breads, soups, jams, mums, quilts and gifts. Click here for a map and directions.
    Lost Acres Orchard Facebook page. . This is a family farm with a bakery and farm store. PYO , free wagon rides on weekends in September & October. Farm store open Great family fun!
  • Rogers Orchards- Shuttlemeadow Farm - apples, pumpkins
    336 Long Bottom Road, Southington, CT 06489. Phone: (860) 229-4240. Open: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September and October; Weekends 10am - 5 pm, weather permitting. Click here for a map and directions.
    Rogers Orchards- Shuttlemeadow Farm Facebook page. Fax: (860) 229-4076. PYO apples. Children welcome. Fun for the whole family - children welcome. PYO is adjacent to our salesroom, featuring Farm Bakery, our own fruits and vegetables. Also rabbits for the kids. Rogers Orchards Facebook page. Apple varieties include McIntosh, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, Ida Reds, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, and Mutsu.
  • Rogers Orchards- Sunnymount Farm - apples
    2876 Meriden-Waterbury Road, Route 322, Southington, CT 06489. Phone: (203) 879-1206. Open: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September and October; Weekends 10am - 5 pm, weather permitting. Click here for a map and directions.
    Rogers Orchards- Sunnymount Farm Facebook page. . PYO . Children welcome. Fun for the whole family - children welcome. PYO is adjacent to our salesroom, featuring Farm Bakery, our own fruits and vegetables. Also rabbits for the kids. Rogers Orchards Facebook page. Apple varieties include McIntosh, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, Ida Reds, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, and Mutsu. Also ducks and rabbits for the kids.
  • Rose's Berry Farm LLC - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, pears, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, picnic area, school tours, Christmas Trees
    295 Matson Hill Rd, S. Glastonbury, CT 06073. Phone: 860-633-7467. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm, Thursdays 8 am to 8 pm and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm; Breakfast with a View on Sundays only 8:30 am to 1 pm, hours of operation are ALWAYS subject to change due to weather conditions and crop availability. Directions: From Route 2 East take exit 7. This is Route 17 South. Follow 17S for 4 miles. At the third light take a left. Follow Hopewell Rd for about a mile till the road forks. Bear Right onto Matson Hill Road. The farm is on the left at the top of the hill. Directions from other areas available on our website . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Rose's Berry Farm LLC Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 860-657-3119. Fax: 860-657-3062. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We use integrated pest management practices. Pick-Your-Own Blueberries- (July-August)Pick-Your-Own Raspberries- (1st Season June-July) (2nd Season Mid August- Mid September)Apples- (September-October).
  • Scott's Orchard and Nursery - Pick your own peaches, apples, pears and plums in season, Hay maze, horse-drawn hay rides on weekends in the Fall
    1838 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Phone: 860-633-8681. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, Mastercard & Visa accepted.
    Scott's Orchard and Nursery Facebook page. . . Hay Maze & Seminars seasonally. see their website; Sept/October Hours vary, currently Monday to Friday 8-6, Sun 8-5 Closed for the Winter. Plenty of family fun. Facebook page.

Tolland County

  • Irish Bend Farm Orchard - apples, peaches, prepicked produce
    Pioneer Heights Road, Somers, CT 06071. Phone: 860-698-6429. Open: August, Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Irish Bend Farm Orchard Facebook page. . Crops are usually available in August, September, October. Our trees are readily accessible without too much walking to the orchard. Our land is level and handicap accessible. Tree ripened peaches, apples, Asian pears, and nectarines hang from our trees ready to be picked and enjoyed by you and your family. Pull wagons will be available to place your picking containers in to make your experience easier. Our picking areas are marked so you will know where to pick the ripest fruit. We provide the picking containers and your fruit will be weighed and sold by the pound at our farm stand. We also offer kid sized containers so kids can hold their own fruit. ​JOIN US FOR PEACH PICKING IN AUGUST. PICK YOUR OWN OR PRE-PICKED AT OUR FARMSTAND.
  • Johnny Appleseed's Farm - Pumpkins, apples, peaches, tractor rides, pumpkins
    13 Schoolhouse Road, Ellington, CT 06029. Phone: (860) 875-1000. Open: Because we have several picking locations and because crop ripening depends heavily on weather conditions, we strongly advise you call us for the current picking conditions, times, and locations, see our website. Click here for a map and directions.
    Johnny Appleseed's Farm Facebook page. . Facebook page. PYO peaches & apples from easy-to-reach dwarf trees. Free tractor rides on weekends. PYO pumpkins in the Fall. Fruits & vegetables also available at our stands on Rte 83 in Ellington & Tolland on Rte 195, just south of I-84. Peach picking usually begins in early August and goes thru early to mid September, depending on the season. Peaches sometimes require extra time to ripen between pickings; therefore, we do not always have u-pick peaches on a daily basis. U-pick apples usually begin in early August and go thru the end of October. Our apple trees are all dwarfs, which means no ladders or climbing; all the fruit is easy to reach from the ground. We offer free tractor rides on the weekends and all containers are provided. The orchards are handicap accessible. On Mondays and Tuesdays, we offer a 10% discount to seniors at our u-pick locations. Free tractor rides on weekends. PYO pumpkins in the Fall. Fruits & veggies at our stand on Route 83 in Ellington & in Tolland on Route 30. School groups by appointment.
  • Johnny Appleseed's Farm - Pumpkins, apples, tractor rides, pumpkins
    231 Somers Road, (Route 83), Ellington, CT 06029. Phone: 860-875-1000. Open: Because we have several picking locations and because crop ripening depends heavily on weather conditions, we strongly advise you call us for the current picking conditions, times, and locations, see our website. Click here for a map and directions.
    Johnny Appleseed's Farm Facebook page. . Facebook page. PYO apples and pumpkins, corn maze, free tractor rides on weekends in the fall. Fresh produce at our stands at 185 West Road (Rte 83) in Ellington and 244 Hartford Turnpike (Rte 30) in Tolland. School groups by appointment. U-pick apples usually begin in early August and go thru the end of October. Our apple trees are all dwarfs, which means no ladders or climbing; all the fruit is easy to reach from the ground. Once the apple orchard opens for the season, we are usually open everyday unless the weather is bad.
  • Wright's Orchard and Dried Flower Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins, vegetables, flowers
    271 South River Road, Tolland, CT 06084. Phone: (860) 872-1665. Email: [email protected]. Open: August 1 - Dec. Click here for a map and directions. . PYO blueberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins, mums and dried flowers. Open 24, Thurs. - Tuesday from 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Closed Wednesday. Visit our 19th century basket and flower barn.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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