For proof that autumn has arrived, look no further than the farms of Fairfield County, where the air is brisk, the tractors are rumbling and the leaves are turning shades of yellow, orange and crimson.
But perhaps the surest sign of the season are the orange and red orbs that have popped up across the region’s rural landscape.
We’re talking about pumpkins and apples, of course — those fanciful fruits that you can bake into homemade pies, cookies and other treats (or, in the case of pumpkins, carved into crazy jack-o’-lanterns).
And, across the region, there’s no shortage of places where you can pick your own, and partake in a little fall fun, too (hayrides, anyone?).
Take a peek at a few PYO farms in Fairfield County and beyond:
(Note: Most of the farms listed have already opened, but a few have yet to begin the picking season. Call ahead of time to make sure they’re welcoming visitors).
(Another note: If we missed your farm, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll gladly add you to the list!)
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SILVERMAN’S FARM, EASTON – Touted as “the total farm experience,” Silverman’s offers pick your own apples and pumpkins, hay rides, a florist market, cider mill, green house and an animal farm. A farm market sells baked goods, including apple, cherry, pecan, pumpkin and peach pies. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 451 Sport Hill Road. 203-261-3306, silvermansfarm.com.
BEARDSLEY’S CIDER MILL & ORCHARD, SHELTON – This picturesque plot in White Hills is a haven for thousands of dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees. Open for pick your own apples on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 278 Leavenworth Road. 203-926-1098, beardsleyscidermill.com.
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BLUE JAY ORCHARDS, BETHEL – The rolling hills of this historic, 140-acre farm are covered in pumpkins and apples ripe for the picking. Grab your tote bag and take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, then pay a visit to the farm’s classic country market. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 125 Plumtrees Road. 203-748-0119, www.bluejayorchardsct.com.
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SHERWOOD FARM, EASTON – Operating for 17 uninterrupted generations, this scenic eco-friendly farm boasts pumpkin picking and hayrides on weekends. A produce market is packed with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and honey. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 355 Sport Hill Road. 203-268-6705, sherwoodfarm.org.
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JONES FAMILY FARM, SHELTON -- This 150-year-old family farm and hotspot for fall fun features pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn maze (weekends only) and pumpkin cranberry cookies (!) and apple cider (weekends in October). Open daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton. 203-929-8425, www.jonesfamilyfarms.com.
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SAM BRIDGE NURSERY & GREENHOUSES, GREENWICH – This year-round garden center transforms into a fall fun getaway this time of year, offering hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin paintings, scarecrow building workshops and more (call or visit website for schedule). Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 437 North St. 203-869-3418, sambridge.com.
WARRUP’S FARM, REDDING – Harvest some autumn fun at this backwoods wonderland, located in the center of Redding; featuring pumpkin picking, tractor-drawn hayrides, Indian corn, apple cider, maple syrup and a cornucopia of fall vegetables. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 11 John Read Road. 203-938-9403, warrupsfarm.com.
Carol Kaliff / ST
CASTLE HILL FARM, NEWTOWN -- This farm boasts a four-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and pony rides. Open Oct. 4. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m-5:30 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. 203-426-5487, castlehillfarm.net.
DRAZEN FARMS, CHESHIRE -- 251 Wallingford Road. 203-272-7985, drazenorchards.com.
HARVEST FARM & ORCHARD, NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- 130 Hardscrabble Road. 914-485-1210, harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.
AVERILL FARM, WASHINGTON DEPOT -- 250 Calhoun St, Washington Depot. 860-868-2777, averillfarm.com.
BISHOP FARMS, CHESHIRE -- 500 S. Meriden Road. 203-272-8243, bishopfarmsofcheshirect.com.
LYMAN ORCHARDS, MIDDLEFIELD -- 32 Reeds Gap Road. 860-349-1793, lymanorchards.com.
ZENTEK FARM -- 325 Higgins Road, Cheshire. 203-272-0444.
NOROTON FRUIT FARM, CHESHIRE -- 450-466 Academy Road. 203-272-8418, nortonbrothersfruitfarm.com.