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28 Places to Pick-Your-Own-Apples in CT this Fall

Pick Your Own Apples in Connecticut
Written by Timothy Stobierski

If you’re looking for an apple orchard near you, look no further. Below is a list of the best pick-your-own apple orchards in Connecticut, listed by county.

One of the sweetest perks of living in the Northeast is the ability—no, the privilege—of being able to pick your own apples in the fall: It’s just one of those things that you earn by putting up with the nor’easters and snow in the winter, the rain in the spring, and the blistering heat and humidity in the summer.

If you’re looking for an apple orchard near you, look no further. Below is a list of the best pick-your-own apple orchards, listed by county.

Fairfield County Apple Orchards

Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard
This scenic orchard in the White Hills section of Shelton boasts more than 10,000 apple trees producing 15 varieties of apples that can be picked from mid-September through the end of October. Pick-Your-Own is weekends only, from 10am–5pm.

Blue Jay Orchards
This Bethel farm features 4 varieties of apples that can be picked from mid-September through the end of October. A twenty-minute wagon ride is available on the weekend—perfect for families with kids—and a fun observational bee hive located behind the farm store that allows you to get up close and personal with these important little critters. Pick-Your-Own is weekends only, from 9am–5pm.

Silverman’s Farm
Silverman’s Farm in Easton grows 15 common varieties of apples and a handful of heirloom varieties, making it a great place to try out some new flavors. Harvest is from early August through the end of October. An on-site animal farm houses buffalos, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, deer, emus, and cattle that can be seen, pet, and fed.

Hartford County Apple Orchards

Belltown Hill Orchards
This family-owned orchard in Glastonbury offers a mind-boggling 24 varieties of apple—more than any other on this list! Apple-picking goes from mid-August through early November, and the orchard farm market boasts that it’s the home of “Glastonbury’s best fritters.”

Bushy Hill Orchard
Situated in Granby and containing approximately 15,000 apple trees, this orchard has been offered pick-your-own apples since 1980. The harvest began in early September and continues for the rest of the season. A short wagon ride transports visitors to the pick-your-own section of the orchard. Tours for seniors, preschools, school groups, and other organizations can be booked in advance and include educational information tailored to each age group.

Dondero Orchards
Another Glastonbury orchard, Dondero was established in 1911 by Italian immigrants and spans 2 locations. You can pick your own from 12 varieties of apple from August through October.

Easy Pickin’s Orchard
This Enfield Orchard offers 20 varieties of pick-your-own apples available from mid-August through the end of October. Because the apple trees are trained to a wire trellis, apples grow at all heights—some just above ground level—meaning that even toddlers can get in on the action of picking the delicious fruit. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week except for Tuesday.

Karabin Farms
This quaint Southington farm features 17 varieties of apples growing on kid-friendly trees that can be harvested from September through October. A free wagon ride to and from the orchard is included for anyone who wants to pick their own. Pick-Your-Own is weekends only, from 9:30am–4pm.

Rogers Orchards
This Southington Orchard is more than 200 years old and features 2 locations and 20 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples growing on kid-friendly trees. Pick-Your-Own is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am–5pm from early September through late October.

Rose’s Berry Farm
Located in the historic district of Glastonbury, Rose’s grows 7 varieties of apples available for Pick-Your-Own from early September through the end of October. Pick-Your-Own is weekends only, from 9am–5pm.

Litchfield County Apple Orchards

Averill Farm
This family farm is located in Washington Depot and grows 5 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples, available from mid-August through Thanksgiving. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9:30am–5:30pm through the end of October and from 9:30am–4:30pm through the end of November.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
With 8 acres full of 11 varieties of apples, this orchard in Sharon offers Pick-Your-Own from mid-September through the end of October. In addition to apple picking, the farm features a corn maze and an interactive vintage Lionel model train display, making for a fun-filled morning or afternoon.  Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9am–5:30pm Sunday–Friday and from 9am–5pm Saturdays.

March Farm
Featuring 13 varieties of apples to pick from September through October, this Bethlehem Orchard is a great destination for families with children. In addition to the Pick-Your-Own, the farm boasts the Hayloft Playscape for young children, the Pondside Animal Yard, weekend hayrides, and 2—yes, 2!—corn mazes.

Middlesex County Apple Orchards

Lyman Orchards
At more than 275 years old, Lyman Orchards is a Connecticut institution, and personally my favorite place for Pick-Your-Own fruit. The orchard is located in Middlefield and grows 12 varieties of apples available from mid-August through the end of October. Make a day-trip out of your visit, with a 4-acre corn maze, a round of golf, or breakfast on the deck. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9am–5pm.

Scott’s Farm & Greenhouse
This farm features 2 orchards, one in Deep River and one in Essex, and offers more than 20 varieties of apple from mid-September through the end of October. Picking hours vary each day, so they advise that you call ahead.

New Haven County Apple Orchards

Bishop’s Orchards
This Guilford Orchard features more than 20 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples available from mid-August through the end of October, as well as a weekend corn maze filled with fun trivia questions. Picking hours vary each day, so they advise that you call ahead.

Drazen Orchards
Located in Cheshire, this orchard grows 14 varieties of apples for picking, available from mid-August through the end of October.

Hickory Hill Orchards
This Cheshire Orchard has been in operation for more than 35 years and features 23 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples available from early September through the end of August. The stunning grounds are a popular spot for rustic weddings, making this a great place for romantic dates and anniversaries. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9:30am–5pm.

Norton Farms in Cheshire

Norton Farms in Cheshire

Norton Brother’s Fruit Farm
The third Cheshire orchard to make our list, Norton Brother’s grows 19 varieties of apples for you to pick, available from mid-August through early November. The site can accommodate birthday parties and other events as long as you pre-register, and can include a tour of the orchard and hay rides. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 8:30am–5pm Monday through Friday and from 9am–4:30pm Saturday and Sunday.

New London County Apple Orchards

Holmberg Orchards
Located in the village of Gales Ferry in Ledyard, this orchard grows 4 varieties of apples available for Pick-Your-Own from mid-August through the end of October. Though Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 10am–5pm, we advise you go on the weekend for some fun extras: a corn maze, tractor rides for the kids, and a wine tasting (extra cost) for the adults.

Scott’s Yankee Farmer
This East Lyme orchard has Pick-Your-Own apples from early September through the end of October. When you get tired of picking apples, check out the zombie-themed corn maze ($10/person) and the weekend wagon rides ($2/person). Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 11am–5pm Monday through Friday and from 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday.

West Green Farm
This Lebanon farm offer a tranquil atmosphere, pastoral views, and 4 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples available in September and October. It’s a small operation, so they advise you call ahead before stopping by. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9am–6pm.

Whittle’s Willow Spring Farm
Located just 5 minutes from the Mystic Seaport, this family-owned farm offers 3 varieties of Pick-Your-Own fall apples and a number of winter apples (along with pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash) and makes for a great stop on any Mystic day-trip. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 9am–6pm Monday through Friday and from 9am–5pm Sunday.

Tolland County Apple Orchards

Johnny Appleseed’s Farm
This Ellington farm offers 12 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples from mid-August through the end of October. The trees are all dwarf, making them perfect for families with children. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the season unless weather is bad, from 9am–5pm, and there are free wagon rides to and from the picking area on weekends.

Wright’s Orchard
Located in Tolland, this orchard offers 16 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples from mid-August through the end of October, and also houses a Dried Flower and Basket Barn where you can see, smell, and buy an array of flowers and other products. The trees are semi-dwarf, meaning that children should be able to participate in the picking activities. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 12:30pm–5:30pm Monday through Saturday and from 1pm–5:30pm Sunday.

Windham County Apple Orchards

Buell’s Orchard
This Eastford orchard offers Pick-Your-Own apples from early September through the end of October. Stop by on October 8th and 10th for their annual harvest festival, featuring live music, hayrides, and treats to eat. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 8am–5pm Monday through Saturday and from 1pm–5pm Sunday.

Horse Listener’s Orchard
Located in Ashford, this orchard offers 14 varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples available from mid-September into November. In addition to apple picking, the orchard offers $5 pony rides for children every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from 1pm–3pm. Pick-Your-Own is available from 10am–6pm Tuesday through Friday and from 9am–6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Lapsley Orchards
This orchard in Pomfret Center offers more than 20 varieties of Pick-Your-Own Apples available from early September through the end of October. Pick-Your-Own is available every day of the week, from 10am–6pm. Free horse drawn wagon rides through the orchard are offered every Sunday from noon to 4pm.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We only included apple orchards that had an online presence that allowed us to verify the information, so we are bound to have left some off of this list. If you have a favorite local apple orchard that you love to visit, let us know in the comments—just give us any information that you think would be helpful to other readers.

About the author

Timothy Stobierski

Tim Stobierski is a Connecticut native and a freelance writer and editor who has worked with a number of publishers including Taunton, Abrams, and Yale University Press. He has written for Grow Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other publications. His first book of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer was published in 2012 by River Otter Press.

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