Forget grocery store posies—by mid-summer, Connecticut fields are bursting with sunflowers and other brightly colored flowers, and many farms allow you to cut your own bouquet to bring home. Sure, most kids like to pick their own berries, veggies and fruit, but many children also have a special fondness for selecting the most beautiful blooms to carefully arrange in vases, press into books, or weave into hair crowns. Bonus fun: One of these sunflower farms has a flower maze, too! Find your flower power at these Connecticut farms.
Pick-Your-Own Flowers in the Hartford Area
Gutt Family Farm - Glastonbury
Gutt is a family farm with an assortment of flowers available for picking. Come and make an arrangement of sunflowers, zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragons, and Queen Anne's lace. You can also pick vegetables and fruits.
Peterson Farms - South Windsor
Come to Peterson farms with your children and pick sunflowers. You can snip tons of yellow beauties to bring to your home. Also choose from flowers like zinnias, black-eyed Susan, Queen Anne's lace, and hollyhocks. Blooms are $5 per pound. All you have to do is pick, weigh, and pay!
Easy Pickins Orchard - Enfield
Easy Pickins' is a popular orchard with families. They run a regular CSA and offer your family the chance to cut your own flowers as well. Come and pick some zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers and more.
Sweet Wind Farm - East Hartland
Fruits and veggies and tons of flowers to pick! Your children will love the pinks, purples, whites, yellows, and orange flowers to choose from. And yes, they have a ton of sunflowers in bloom during the month of August. Sweet Wind Farm is famous for Connecticut maple products, too, so make sure to grab some syrup on the way out!
Stop and smell the sunflowers! Photo by Ally Noel
Pick-Your-Own Flowers in the Litchfield Area
Freund's Farm Market - East Caanan
Freund's offers cut-your-own flowers every day from 10am to 6pm. Don't miss their tasty baked treats, including cookies, donuts, cupcakes and biscuits; there are farm-fresh tomatoes, squash, and apples, too.
Pick-Your-Own Flowers in the Windham Area
Raspberry Knoll Farm - Windham
Come to Raspberry Knoll Farm and wander through their flower field where you can pick by the pound. Raspberry Knoll grows both perennials and annuals. They even grow red sunflowers and lavender. Blooming in August.
Lapsley Orchard - Pomfret Center
Lapsley Orchard has lots of flowers for you to cut through late September. They plant 3,000 flowers a year. Don't miss their annual Sunflower For Kids event held in early September.
Pick-Your-Own Flowers in the Middlefield Area
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield
Open through the month of August, Lyman Orchards (which is also a huge pick-your-own produce location) has a massive maze carved out of tall sunflowers. Your children will love wandering through 2.5 acres of blooming fun! The maze's theme changes yearly. Go to their website for more information about admissions costs and discounts.
Scott's Farms - Essex
So many flowers to pick from, and sunflowers too. Purchase a bouquet of sunflowers for a low price. This is a long time family farm where you can pick nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches.
Pick-Your-Own Flowers in the New London Area
Buttonwood Farm - Griswold
Probably the most famous and popular place in Conn.for sunflowers is Buttonwood Farm. The Farm plants acres of sunflowers on an annual basis as part of a charity event, then leaves them up in July for public picking. They also serve some yummy homemade ice cream on site to enjoy with the kids. Check their sunflower status on Instagram. Volunteers cut the sunflowers and bouquets are available at their store. Call for picking status: after July they let the cows in to feast on them.
Originally published 2018