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by NYMetroParents Staff September 10, 2013

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Apple picking makes for a quintessential family weekend getaway or day trip that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard. Consult our guide to find pick-your-own apple farms in Connecticut, many of which offer fun fall activities like hay rides, cider pressing, and corn mazes.

Take advantage of the crisp fall weather and venture out to the orchards for equally crisp and delicious apples, plucked straight from the tree. Many of the local orchards listed here offer low-hanging branches ideal for your little ones to pick and fill their own bushel of autumn’s freshest fruit. While you’re there, join in fun farm activities like hayrides, farmers markets, and petting zoos.

Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms. 

young girl picking apples in an apple orchard


Averill Farm
250 Calhoun St., Washington Depot

Pick-your-own apples in September and October on a scenic family farm; pick-your-own pears through early October. Open 9:30am-5:30pm daily. Pre-picked fruit, apple cider, hard cider, donuts, and flowers available on the farm through November.

Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, LLC 
278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110), Shelton

Farm opens in September; check the website for exact opening date. Apple picking: 10am-5pm weekends. Cash or check only. Dwarf apple trees for easy picking. Cider press on location. Farm store with apple cider and donuts, maple syrup, local honey, fruit butter, jams and jellies.

Buell’s Orchard
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford

Apple picking begins after Labor Day and continues through October, Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. Harvest festival on Oct. 12 and 14. Farm store with a variety of apple items on site.

Dondero Orchards
529 Woodland St., South Glastonbury

Pick-your-own peaches and plums through September; apples and pears through October, 8am-6pm daily. Bakery with donuts, pies, and other baked goods. Greenhouse with flowers and mulch.

Drazen Orchards
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire

Apple picking through October, 10am-6pm daily. Pick-your-own pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums also available. Farm stand with pre-picked fruit, locally grown vegetables, local honey, pies, and cider.

Easy Pickin's Orchard
46 Bailey Road, Enfield

Pick-your-own apples, pears, and raspberries, Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm (closed Tuesdays); Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm. Vegetable and flower gardens available for picking and cutting.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4), Sharon

Apple picking through October; call for hours. Blueberries and raspberries available for picking while they last. Family-fun hayrides, 6-acre corn maze, and apple cider for tasting. Pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-baked pies, and cider donuts available for purchase.

Hickory Hill Orchards
351 S. Meriden Road (Route 70), Cheshire

Pick-your-own apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines August through November, 9:30am-6pm daily. Country store with apple cider, donuts, pies, and other baked goods, as well as gourmet foods. Weekend hayrides.

Horse Listeners Orchard
317 Bebbington Road, Ashford

Apple picking through October, weekdays 1-6pm; weekends 9am-6pm. Farm store with pies and pre-picked fruits and vegetables. Free pony rides, apple cider donuts, and hot apple cider. Tractor rides, pumpkin painting, and carving activities.

Karabin Farms
894 Andrews St., Southington

Apple and pumpkin picking on weekends through October, 9am-5pm. Store open daily with farm-raised beef products and eggs available for sale. Call for updates on hours.

Maple Lane Farms, LLC
57 Northwest Corner Road, Preston
860-887-8855 or 860-889-3766

Apple picking through October. Open 8am-12pm daily, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7pm. $1 hayrides on weekends. Cash or check only.

March Farm

160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem

Apple and pumpkin picking through October, 10am-6pm daily. Farm market with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Bakery with cider donuts and other baked goods and specialty items. Picnic areas, animal yard, and farm hiking trails.

Rogers Orchards
Long Bottom Road, Southington

Apple picking through October, Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Apple cider donuts, pies, and fruit baskets available at on-site farm store; open daily, August through mid-May.

Scott’s Yankee Farmer, LLC
291 N. Bride Brook Road, East Lyme

Apple picking through October. Open Monday, and Thursday-Friday 11am-5pm; weekends 10am-5pm.

Silverman's Farm
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton

Apple picking through mid-October, 9am-5pm daily. Pumpkins available in October. Animal petting park, farm market, florist, greenhouse, and tractor rides through October.

Starberry Farms
47 Kielwasser Road, Washington Depot

Apple picking through October, 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday; 1-5pm Sunday.

Woodstock Orchards, LLC
494 Route 169, Woodstock

Apple picking Sept. 1 through mid-October, 9am-6pm daily. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and Vermont cheese.


Wright’s Orchard and Dried Flower Farm
271 S. River Road, Tolland

Apple picking through October. Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Farm store with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, cider donuts, and pies. Dried flower and basket barn. Open Monday-Saturday 12:30-5:30pm; Sunday 1-5:30pm.


Beyond CT

Planning a day or weekend trip to Long Island, New Jersey, or Southeast New York? Check out our complete guide to apple picking in the NYC area


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