Sweet, tart, plump and juicy. There are so many types of delicious fruit and lots of places all over Connecticut for little hands to pluck it right right off a tree or bush. It’s a great family activity, where kids get plenty of fresh air and exercise while learning about healthy food and our connection with nature. It’s also a great way to support small farms and local businesses. Read on for our guide to pick your own farms in Connecticut!
Get picking right away for strawberries and then go again in July for blueberries and raspberries. If you decide to make jam with your pounds of pickin’s, try this Homemade Pop Tart Recipe. And for more great summertime ideas, browse out Connecticut Summer Fun Guide.
Jones Family Farms features summer berries before the fall pumpkins come in. Photo by Ally Noel
Pick-Your-Own Farms in Fairfield County
Jones Family Farms—Shelton
Pick your own strawberries and blueberries in summer, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees during the holidays. A 400-acre family farm since 1848, berry picking is at the Valley Farm or Pumpkinseed Hill. Call ahead for the Crop Report to see what’s ripe for picking, or follow the signs on the property.
Pick your own peaches and raspberries and blueberries are open in July, and then peruse the farm market for apples and other fresh fruit, veggies, and pies. The kids will love petting, feeding, and interacting with the farm friends in the animal farm, including llamas, buffalo, goats, sheep, and emus.
Pick-Your-Own Farms in Litchfield County
Peaches will be ripe for the picking at Connecticut’s March Farm. Photo courtesy of March Farm, Facebook
Pick your own apples, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins and strawberries. Purchase farm fresh eggs, fresh apple cider donuts, vegetables and freshly baked pies. Children will love the petting zoo. Open every day from 10a to 6pm. Note: no cherry picking in 2022.
Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm LLC—Plymouth
Pick your own blueberries or shop pre-picked produce, and enjoy lunch in the picnic area. Harvest is usually available in early July. Open: Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and cash only accepted.
Maple Bank Farm—Roxbury
Pick your own blueberries on this family farm that dates back to 1730. PYO is generally available Wednesday-Sunday and blueberries are ready for picking in early-July.
Evergreen Berry Farm—Watertown
Pick from nine varieties of organic blueberries, red and gold raspberries and blackberries. Open everyday, mid July through September. Call ahead for updated picking conditions and berry availability.
Pick-Your-Own Farms in Eastern Connecticut
Scott’s Yankee Farmer—East Lyme
Pick your own strawberries, flowers, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins. PYO season runs from early June through October and the strawberry season goes by quickly! Don’t miss the roadside stand for pre-picked veggies and legendary cider donuts. Open daily from 8am to 6pm.
Strawberries are the first to arrive, then blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins. Don’t miss the sunflower maze at this 140-year old family farm that has been cared for by six generations. Check the website or call for picking dates.
Connecticut’s pick-your-own farms offer hours of outdoor fun and activity. Photo courtesy of Lyman Orchards
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, honeyberries, jostaberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. Pack a picnic and enjoy the amazing view, or visit the Apple Barrel. Website is constantly updated, so check to see what’s ready for picking and when. Lyman’s has an active calendar of family events.
Grant’s Berry Patch — Jewett City
Pick your own strawberries and blueberries while they last. They are open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.This is a beautiful property with big, wide rows for kids to pick in. Fresh grown vegetable can be purchased as well.
Holmberg Farms – Gales Ferry
Pick your own raspberries is starting in late June. But come back again this summer, because you can also pick blueberries (starting in July) and blackberries (mid-July). They have a cute market, some homemade items for same and a very cute cow you can take a selfie with. Oh and guess what? They have a winery right there on-site! For updated picking conditions call 860-464-7305.
Buell’s Orchard – Eastford
The strawberries and raspberries are ripe for picking in June and into early-July. The farm has a market on site with lots of fresh veggies and fruit as well as home made items and books and items for farm-loving kids. Don’t forget to grab some cheese or cider while you are there. Pick your own hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 12pm.
Berry picking follows breakfast on Sundays at Rose’s. Photo courtesy of Rose’s Berry Farm
Pick-Your-Own Farms in Hartford County
Rose’s Berry Farm —South Glastonbury
Rose’s has two locations, the one on Matson Hill Road being the picking farm. Rose’s is famous for all it’s berries which include blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Before you pick, join Rose’s for a hearty breakfast (Sundays only) which, of course, includes berries from the farm. Rose’s also offers pies and jams made from their harvest.
Easy Pickin’s Farm —Enfield
Easy Pickin’s garden offerings are growing (pardon the pun)! You can come to the farm to pick raspberries, pears and 10 varities of blueberries, as well as enjoy some of the herbs and vegetables they have ready for purchase. You can also cut fresh flowers on-site.
Scantic Valley Farm —Somers
Come enjoy the beautiful top-of-the-mountain scenery at Scantic Valley Farm as you pick fresh strawberries from their strawberry fields. Blueberry and flower season usually begins in mid-July. Open Monday through Friday and weekends. Call first for picking conditions.
4-H Auer Farm —Bloomfield
The 4-H Center at Auer Farm is located in Bloomfield. Take a long ride down their dirt road driveway and you will find yourself in the middle of a historic 120-acre farm and gardens. Blueberries are netted off and are on the trust pay system to the left up the hill.
Belltown Orchards – Glastonbury
Belltown has pick your own blueberries, cherries, peaches, pears–the list goes on! They also have a fantastic farmer’s market brimming with fresh produce. Blueberry picking starts in early July and goes all summer long. If you’re really adventurous, you can take the ferry from Rocky Hill to Glastonbury and GPS the rest of the short ride to the orchard.
Originally written by Sherry Pardy and published June 20, 2012.
Updated July 2022
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