Fall is farm­time

A GUIDE TO AP­PLE OR­CHARDS, CORN MAZES, AND PUMP­KIN FIELDS

The Day - Sound & Country - - Fall is farmtime - By Han­nah Gel­lar

Bishop’s Or­chards

1916 Mid­dle­town Av­enue., North­ford, CT 06472 Open week­ends through Oc­to­ber

203-458-7425

At Bishop’s Or­chards they work hard and take pride in grow­ing the high­est qual­ity fruits to en­joy year af­ter year. Ap­ples are read­ily avail­able from late Au­gust to late Oc­to­ber. On site, there are over 20 va­ri­eties of ap­ples for cook­ing, gifts, or a quick snack on-the-go. The or­chard pro­vides bags at no cost and on the week­ends a trac­tor trailer rides will take you from the park­ing area into the or­chard. Not to men­tion the fam­ily fun that comes along with walk­ing through this or­chard’s sea­sonal corn maze.

FARMINFO@BISHOPSORCHARDS.COM Buell’s Or­chard

108 Crys­tal Pond Road, East­ford, CT, 06242 Pick your own: Septem­ber-Oc­to­ber 860-974-1150

Af­ter four gen­er­a­tions, this fam­ily farm still thrives with tried and true meth­ods for rais­ing the fresh­est pro­duce around. While times and tech­nol­ogy have changed, Buell’s Or­chard of­fers fresh ap­ple pick­ing is from La­bor Day through Oc­to­ber for those home­made ap­ple pies, ap­ple crisps, or even just a sweet mid­night crunch. The pump­kin patch is a great place to visit to make the most of your Hal­loween carv­ings.

BUELLSORCHARD.COM But­ton­wood Farm

473 Shetucket Turn­pike, Gris­wold, CT, 06351 Open an­nu­ally from March through Oc­to­ber 860-376-4081

Get lost on over 7 acres in the corn maze! Take a hayride, visit with farm an­i­mals, or pick a pump­kin from the patch. This farm is the per­fect place to take your fam­ily to get out of the house, en­joy the fall breeze, and of course some fa­mous creamy and fresh, but­ton­wood ice cream af­ter the long maze. Ad­ven­ture never stops here with the cow train, duck races, and straw bale moun­tain.

BUTTONWOODFARMICECREAM.COM Drazen Or­chards

251 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410 Ap­ple pick­ing through Oc­to­ber 203-272-7985

Take a scenic walk to the pick­ing ar­eas, en­joy a week­end wagon ride, or just re­lax in the shady area with pic­nic ta­bles for your en­joy­ment. Drazen Farm truly has a place for any age to en­joy the farm and sweet fruits that come with it. With 14 dif­fer­ent kinds of ap­ples to choose from, whether you like the sweet crunch of red de­li­cious, or the sour kick in granny smiths, there is a fla­vor for every­one!

DRAZENORCHARDS.COM

Fort Hill Farm

260 Quad­dick Road, Thomp­son, CT, 06277 Open spring, sum­mer and fall 860-923-3439

Bring your own scis­sors to pick fresh laven­der at Fort Hill, known for its 300 va­ri­eties grown or­gan­i­cally in six gar­dens. Be sure to sam­ple the farm’s own laven­der ice cream! Fall is the per­fect time to check out the farm’s an­nual Corn Maze Ad­ven­ture, which com­bines agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion with out­door fun. Pick your own pump­kin, then head over to the on-site cream­ery for fresh milk.

FORTHILLFARMS.COM Hick­ory Hill Or­chards

351 S Meri­den Road, Cheshire, CT, 06410 Open through Oc­to­ber

203-272-3824

With over 33 acres, the or­chard pro­duces over twenty va­ri­eties of ap­ples, peaches, pears, plums, and nec­tarines for pick­ing, eat­ing, bak­ing, and en­joy­ing. In ad­di­tion to sea­sonal pick your own, the coun­try store pro­vides all of their home­grown pro­duce, gourds, jams, hon­eys, lo­cally baked ap­ple cider donuts, gourmet foods, sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tive items, and more. Taste the com­bi­na­tion of 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, love, and pas­sion for farm­ing in ev­ery bite.

HICKORYHILLORCHARDS.COM

Holm­berg Or­chards

12 Or­chard Lane, Gales Ferry, CT 06335

Open through Oc­to­ber

860-464-7305

The Holm­berg Or­chards ex­cel­lence in fruit pro­duc­tion is no se­cret due to this fam­ily’s com­mit­ment to the farm dat­ing back to the 1960s. While the size, shape, and va­ri­ety of ap­ple trees and fruit crops are con­stantly chang­ing with mod­ern farm­ing tech­niques, Holm­berg Or­chards’ com­mit­ment to grow “the finest fruit for the finest cus­tomers” con­tin­ues. With both ap­ples and pump­kins to pick in the fall, along with the ir­re­sistible aroma of baked goods in their farm mar­ket baked daily, this or­chard guar­an­tees the tra­di­tional farm pick­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for your fam­ily.

HOLMBERGORCHARDS.COM

32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455

Open June-Oc­to­ber

860-349-1793

Over­look­ing the Con­necti­cut River, the Lyme Or­chard of­fers a fan­tas­tic view for your fam­ily to put their farmer hat on and pick a num­ber of va­ri­eties of fruits from June through Oc­to­ber. This fam­ily owned farm grows eco-friendly ap­ples and peaches with or­ganic weed and pest con­trol. From all dif­fer­ent kinds of berries, to ap­ples and pump­kins, whether you buy them in the Ap­ple Bar­rel or pick your own in the or­chards, you are get­ting ap­ples and peaches that are grown in ways that re­spect the Earth.

LYMANORCHARDS.COM

Ly­man Or­chard

Nor­ton Brothers Fruit Farm

466 Academy Road, Cheshire, CT 06410 Open through Novem­ber

203-272-8418

Nor­ton Brothers Fruit Farm is to come and pick fruit, re­lax at the pic­nic ta­bles or on the grass, shop in their farm stand, watch the bees make honey, or just en­joy Mother Na­ture. With 19 dif­fer­ent kinds of ap­ples to pick, hayrides, a pump­kin patch, and scare­crows, your fam­ily is bound to get in that fall spirit.

NORTONBROTHERSFRUITFARM.COM

Scotts’ Con­necti­cut Val­ley Or­chards

274 Kelsey Hill Rd, Deep River, CT Open through Novem­ber 1 860-526-9633

Scott’s Or­chards in Deep River is full of all sorts of fresh and juicy de­lights for your fam­ily to pick. With straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, plums, pears, peaches, nec­tarines and ap­ples, along with a va­ri­ety of toma­toes in­clud­ing heir­loom, a va­ri­ety of squash, yel­low and zuc­chini, many va­ri­eties of pep­pers, sweet and hot, wax beans, green beans, shell beans, lima beans, cu­cum­bers, pick­ling cukes, eg­g­plant, sweet corn, basil, thyme, mint, muskmelon, and wa­ter­melon, there is am­ple fla­vor to choose. Let’s not for­get about the great pump­kins to pick dur­ing the Oc­to­ber sea­son.

SCOTTSFARMS.COM

Scott’s Yan­kee Farmer

436 Bos­ton Post Rd. East Lyme CT 06333

Open year round. Pick your own through Oc­to­ber 860-739-5209

This farm­ing oper­a­tion con­sists of 125 acres of fruits and veg­eta­bles. At Scott’s Yan­kee Farmer, your visit is not com­plete with­out an ap­ple in one hand, and a fresh ap­ple cider donut in the other! En­joy sea­sons treats and a wagon ride with your fam­ily at this close-to-home, beau­ti­ful farm. Visit their road­side stand, pick your own pro­duce, or par­tic­i­pate in their Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture (CSA) pro­gram and en­joy lo­cally grown goods all sea­son.

SCOTTSYANKEEFARMER.NET

West Green Farm Or­chard & Dairy

119 W. Town St. Le­banon, CT 06249 Open through Oc­to­ber 860-951-8021

An ap­ple a day re­ally does keep the doc­tor away! West Green Farm Or­chard and Dairy is com­mit­ted to help­ing oth­ers ob­serve a healthy life­style. The farm of­fers in-sea­son fruit, berries, veg­eta­bles, flow­ers, herbs, and bed­ding plants, grown in rich top­soil. Visit their web­site to read up on raw milk and the ben­e­fits of nu­tri­ent-dense foods.

WESTGREENFARM.COM

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