Apple and pumpkin picking and fall foliage go together. It is the time of year when the nights are cool and the days are warm, making it the perfect season for apples and pumpkins. Connecticut has so many beautiful apple orchards and pumpkin patches where folks can get out in the fresh air and pick their own. Orchards and pumpkin patches are quite large making social distancing easy. Here are four of the most scenic apple orchards to be found anywhere.
Blue Jay Orchards located on 125 Plumtrees Road in Bethel offers PYO Macintosh, Cortland, and Macoun apples. Blue Jay also has an amazing pumpkin patch where kids can go and choose their own pumpkins! The farm market offers seasonal produce, pies, apple cider, apple cider donuts, jam, honey, cookies, and much more.
At Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton, the family can watch how apple cider is made. Here they make it from 100% pure juice. The cider is not heat pasteurized but instead, is treated with Ultra Violet Light (UV). UV is used in the food industry to reduce pathogens that could potentially be present, but UV saves the fresh, apple flavor of the cider that is usually lost from heat pasteurization. Try it! You’ll taste the difference. They make it in small batches so it’s as fresh as possible. Although the PYO season has ended here early due to a spring frost, the farm store has apples, cider, and cider donuts for sale.
For over 150 years, the Jones family has been working the lands on their farm in Shelton, Connecticut. Today this 400-acre farm offers one of the finest harvest-your-own picking experiences due to the high-quality crops and the knowledgeable, friendly farmers and staff. Jones Family Farm in offers pick your own pumpkins on Pumpkinseed Hill. Their Market Yard features farm animals, hayrides, corn maze, fall flowers, fresh apples, and piles of autumn squash.
Warrups Farm in Redding also offers PYO pumpkins on Weekends in October. As the harvest season draws closer, they are excited to be cultivating a new initiative at the farm. The farmhouse is being transformed into a community space called Open Grange. They are welcoming creatives and remote workers to stay and connect to the nature of their work. Nothing changes in the Warrup’s Farm mission, and they are looking forward to the upcoming pumpkin season (with covid-19 precautions in place). For up to date info visit their Facebook Page.