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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Hartford and Surrounding Connecticut in 2024, by county

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

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! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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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: 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: 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: 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: 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 Pm. Visitors are encouraged to sample the apples before they pick. All bags are sold in the store prior to boarding the wagons.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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).

Tolland County

  • 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: 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

Pumpkin recipes

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