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What says September more than apple picking? It’s one of my favorite things to do in the fall in New England, not to mention one of the best things to do in Connecticut. If you’re going apple picking in CT, options abound.
Beginning in mid-September, Connecticut’s apple orchards are at their busiest; thousands of visitors come to pick these ripe, red fruits. And many orchards and farms also offer other fall fun, like corn mazes, hayrides, and apple cider donuts.
Planning a fun fall weekend? Whether you’re picking with kids or looking for a romantic fall date, here are the best apple orchards in Connecticut to head to.
Lyman Orchards – Middlefield, CT
This spot is not just a place to pick-your-own apples in Connecticut, but a full farm market as well. Lyman Orchards has been around since 1741, so it’s definitely an institution!
Apple picking is available from mid-August to late-October, and you can also pick other fresh produce whenever it’s in season. Grab your October pumpkins when you’re done picking apples!
The farm is proud of their Eco-Certified homegrown fruits and also offer lots of other items, including signature bakery products, fresh-pressed apple cider, and other specialty foods from Connecticut and around New England.
Visit the farm market (Apple Barrel) 7 days per week.
PS: Into golf? They also have their own golf club.
Lapsley Orchard – Pomfret Center, CT
Lapsley Orchard is simple and beautiful. A great place to go apple picking in Connecticut and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Since its beginnings in 1984, the farm has blossomed from just orchards and fields to a vibrant local farm growing and producing a wide variety of items. The 60-acre farm sells directly to customers and visitors.
During apple picking season, the farm has fun activities for all, including weekend wagon rides and a fall festival held on Columbus Day Weekend.
Silverman’s Farm – Easton, CT
One thing that’s great about this CT apple orchard is its animals. Your kids will love petting and feeding animals of all kinds, including buffalo, goats, emus, and deer. No kids? No problem. I’m a 34-year old woman and I never hesitate to visit a petting zoo myself, child-free! #NoShame
Silverman’s Farm is also the place to go for pick-your-own. Depending on the season they have peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and of course, apples! Dozens of varieties are grown here, so the picking season can often last from August through early November.
The calendar is filled with plenty of seasonal events at Silverman’s Farm so make sure to stay up to date with their events page.
This orchard is fairly close to the New York state border, so visitors from NY may want to check out this CT farm.
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard – Shelton, CT
In the fall, apple cider donuts make up a significant portion of my diet. So I’m always looking for the best ones. According to this list, Beardsley’s Cider Mill can’t be beat! You can find those and pies, scones, cider, and more in their farm store, which is open daily until Christmas Eve.
The pick-your-own orchard opens in mid-September.
Want to make your own hard cider? You can arrange with the farm to grab some untreated apple cider so you can get creative in your kitchen this fall. According to their website, they also sell “5-gallon carboy starter kits which include a carboy filled with cider, stopper and a water seal.”
Holmberg Orchards – Gales Ferry, CT
Here’s another apple orchard that has a deep history. It is currently in its 4th generation since its inception in the 1890s by Swedish immigrants Adolph and Hulda Holmberg. Today, the family-run business has grown tremendously, and is committed to continuing to grow “the finest fruit for the finest customers.”
Not convinced? Did I mention their winery offers a WINE MAZE? An autumnal corn-maze that’s just for adults, there are stations for sipping and sampling as you make our way through the maze.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm – Sharon, CT
Looking for an apple orchard that has all the fall fun? Ellsworth Hill may fit the bill! Here you’ll find a massive corn maze, a vintage train display, fresh hot cider donuts, and of course, pick-your-own apples and other seasonal produce. What a great place!
PS: Check out more things to do in the Litchfield Hills region!
What’s your favorite Connecticut apple orchard? Let us know if we missed one!
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Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she writes alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband and cats, & drinking a maple latte.