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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Western 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!

Fairfield County

  • Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, LLC - PYO apples
    278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110), Shelton, CT 06484. Phone: (203) 926-1098. Email: [email protected]. Open: 10am - 5pm Weekends Only, September and October for apples but call ahead for availability varieties and conditions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: PYO is cash only. . Cider mill retail store is open every day, mid-September through Christmas, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Watch as apples are pressed into cider. Pick-Your-Own is WEEKENDS ONLY. Always call ahead for apple availability. Also, don't forget to visit the cider mill retail store which is open every day until December 24, 10am - 5:30 pm. We offer fresh cider, apples, pies, cider donuts, fruit breads, pumpkin cheesecake, maple syrup, local honey, unique gifts and more. Approximate Picking Time and Varieties Available:Mid September: Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Macoun, Cortland and LibertyEarly October: Mutsu, Jonagold, Empire, Red Delicious, McIntoshMid October: Winesap, Braeburn, Enterprise, Granny Smith and Rome.
  • Blue Jay Orchards - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel, CT 06801. Phone: 203-748-0119. Open: August to Thanksgiving 7 days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm Pick Your Own Hours are 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm After Thanksgiving thru December 24th open Thursday thru Sunday 10 to 5:30 Pick your own apples is from late August to early November (based on picking conditions) Pumpkins start the last weekend of September and run through the month of October. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are weekends only Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November.
  • Silverman's Farm - Pick your own peaches, apples, blueberries, raspberries, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours (hayrides - sometimes - check their website for details)
    451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612. Phone: 203-261-3306. Email: [email protected]. Open: Seven Days a Week Weather Permitting. Directions: Located in the easy to find in the southern Connecticut town of Easton, about 2 1/2 miles north of the Merrit Parkway (exit 46). We're at 451 Sport Hill Road (Route 59), just past the intersection with Center Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx.
    Silverman's Farm Facebook page. . . Crops are usually available in July, August, September See Website. Seasonal cider. Beautiful greenhouse and florist. We have dozens of varieties! Please refer to our Apple chart. And May through August is a great time for a birthday party at the animal park. Call for details. U Pick Schedule: Rasperries Late June; Peaches - Mid July; Blueberries - August; Apples - Mid August. Call For Picking Times. Facebook page. Remember your water, sun hats, sunscreen AND your walking shoes!!

Litchfield County

  • Autumn Harvest Orchard, LLC - Certified Naturally Grown, apples, pears, and nectarines, Honey from hives on the farm
    879 Winchester Road, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: (203) 592-0554. Email: [email protected]. Open: Pick - Your - Own from late July to late October on Sundays to Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, weather permitting; Prices listed on our website. Directions: See their website for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Autumn Harvest Orchard, LLC Facebook page. . . Certified Naturally Grown Orchard and Apiary. We have PYO for apples, pears, and nectarines. Autumn Harvest Orchard LLC is a Certified Naturally Grown Apiary and a member of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association since 2005. In addition, to the apiary we are also a Certified Naturally Grown orchard producing all natural apples, pears, nectarines, berries and vegetables without pesticides or herbicides in our field or growing process. Our honeybees are collecting nectar and pollen sources from the local wildflowers and the orchards many apple and blueberry blossoms. Unlike many other honey producers, our hives are carefully tended to and located right on our farm where the bees are not exposed to toxic chemicals and thereby not bringing these harmful pesticides into the hives or honey supers. (UPDATED: February 15, 2022) (ADDED: February 07, 2022, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Averill Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, pears, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area
    250 Calhoun St, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-2777. Email: [email protected]. 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. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Orchard Stand opens August 20, 2010 this year and will stay open until November 24, 2010. We use integrated pest management practices. A tenth generation family farm offering fall fruits: apples & pears, along with goodies from many area farms as well, from maple syrup, honey, eggs, tomatoes, cider, apple cider donuts, cut flowers, jams and jellies, pies, squash and pumpkins-on a gorgeous hilltop in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Northwest CT. Farm stand Also Cut Your Own Christmas trees.
  • March Farm - apples, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, Fresh eggs, corn maze, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: (203) 266-7721. Email: [email protected]. Open: Thursday to Sunday from 11-5pm; closed on Monday to Wednesday; See our website for hours in November and December. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, WIC Vouchers.
    March Farm Facebook page. . Fax: (203) 266-6076. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Hayloft Playscape, Animal Yard: May 25 to October 31; Corn Maze and Hayrides: September 4 to October 31; Pick Your Own Blueberries: July to September; Pick Your Own Peaches: Mid July to October; Pick Your Own Apples: September to November; Pick Your Own Pumpkins: October. Market & Bakery, Outings & Events, Weddings is a fourth generation family farm destination offering seasonal Pick Your Own berries & fruit along with family friendly activities. The Farm Store & Bakery is stocked with regional food specialties and fresh baked goods - everything you need to compliment your next meal or dessert. Facebook page. The rustically beautiful Pond Side Pines & Hill Top Orchard event spaces are perfect to host your next special occasion, outing or party no matter how small or large. Join us for our next Summer Concert and other special events
    Comments from a visitor on September 18, 2008: "Just wanted to write to tell you how much our family loves this farm! The family that runs it is wonderful! They also have a great play area for the children complete with giant pumpkins (great Fall photo opportunity), playhouse and pedal tractors/trikes and a track to ride on. Our kids love to come here and pick all of their wonderful produce and then take some time to play. Last year they had a informative corn maze as well. As you went through you learned about their family run farm. Great stuff!!!!"
  • Starberry Farm - Apples, pears, cherries, sweet & sour, peaches, plums, nectarines, blueberries
    47 Kielwasser Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: (860) 868-2863. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions. Fax:. 34 varieties of yellow & white peaches for PYO for eating, freezing & canning, PYO, ready-picked, retail & wholesale. PYO cherries in June 15-25th; white peaches in July 15-September 15th. Apricots, plums, nectarines in August. Pears & apples September 15-Oct 31st. Children welcome with well-behaved parents.
  • Tonn's Orchard - PYO apples, pumpkins, peaches, Christmas trees
    270 Preston Road, Terryville, CT 06786. Phone: (860) 585-1372. Open: weekends & holidays & by appointment on weekdays. Click here for a map and directions. ask for Peter. PYO on Saturdays and Sundays, August - October, 12 noon 'til 5 pm. PYO apples & peaches in August to October. PYO pumpkins in October. Cut Your Own Christmas trees in Dec. Open

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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