Apple Picking in Connecticut: Best Apple Orchards for Apple Picking with Kids

Apple picking in Connecticut is a great family activity, with wonderful photo ops, outdoor fun, and delicious treats. Photo courtesy of Holmberg Orchards & Winery
Apple picking in Connecticut is a great family activity, with wonderful photo ops, outdoor fun, and delicious treats. Photo courtesy of Holmberg Orchards & Winery
8/27/23 - By Jennifer Coe

Start collecting your recipes because apple picking in Connecticut is right around the corner! Orchards will be bursting in color in early September. The cost of an apple-picking excursion—buying a bag for a peck or a bushel—is very affordable. And you're rewarded with a wonderful autumn experience and a bunch of crunchy fruit the kids picked themselves! Starting in late August through October, farms and orchards around Connecticut are ready to welcome families to their apple orchards. 

Looking for a good recipe after all that apple picking? Try baking apple pie or apple muffins, or mixing up fresh applesauce with Mommy Poppins' favorite apple recipes. And for more seasonal activities, explore our Connecticut Fall Fun Guide.


Best Apple Picking Spots Near Hartford

1. Karabin Farms — Southington

This decades-old, family-run farm in Southington has pick-your-own apples starting in late-August until late October. All of their 20 varieties are pruned in the dwarf manner, so little kids can reach the deliciousness. All PYO includes a free wagon ride to the orchard, Friday through Monday. If you go on the weekends, you’ll be able to check out the doughnut and snack shack. They also have a variety of animals to visit such as cows, horses, and pigs. According to the website, "Visitors are encouraged to sample the apples before they pick."

Image of mother and child apple picking in Connecticut 
Grab a piece of fall fun at the best Connecticut apple orchards. Photo courtesy of Rogers Orchards

2. Rogers Orchards — Southington

You can pick your own apples September 1 through mid-October. They have two locations in Southington (Shuttle Meadow Farm and Sunnymount), both open daily 9am to 6pm. Bags are provided and you can mix and match with all your favorite varieties. Call before you come for most updated information.

3. Dondero Orchards — South Glastonbury

Dondero's has apple picking daily beginning in September and really kicking into gear in October. After picking your apples, be sure to ask for the list of suggested baking ideas for your delicious pickings!

Image of a peck of apples at an apple orchard in Connecticut. 
Picking your own apples is a cherished fall tradition in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Rose’s Berry Farm

4. Rose's Berry Farm — South Glastonbury

Rose’s Berry Farm is under new ownership. Offering a variety of 7 tasty apple types, Rose's gives families lots of open-sky picking. Stroll down a path and pick fresh, crunchy apples right off the branch with a snap. Your bag will fill up very quickly.

5. Irish Bend Orchard — Somers

Irish Bend offers pre-picked fruit or PYO apples. Beginning in September, Irish Bend grows 10 different varieties, including 2 less common in Connecticut: Smokehouse and Cameo. Picking is available on the weekends.

6. Belltown Orchards — South Glastonbury

Yet another beautiful spot in rustic South Glastonbury, Belltown Hill Orchards has a whopping 24 varieties of PYO apples from the summer to early November, on weekends only. Stop by the on-site market to choose other fresh offerings, such as jams, jellies, and cider donuts. Pick-your-own apples are priced by the pound.

7. Easy Pickins' Orchard — Enfield

North of Hartford in Enfield is Easy Pickins' Orchard. All of the 21 varieties of apple trees are fully-dwarfed and offer apples for picking from just above the ground to a 6-foot level so that everyone can pick comfortably. Early varieties include Paula Red, Zestar, Ginger Gold and Cortland. 

8. Lost Acres Orchard — North Granby

Another great spot for apple picking north of Hartford is Lost Acres Orchard, which has PYO apples starting in the second week of September. While there, check out the farm store, which sells apples, cider, pies, breads, soups, jams, quintessential mums, and handmade quilts.

Apple Picking in Connecticut - Litchfield and Fairfield

Spend a fall day at one of the best apple orchards in CT! Photo courtesy of Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard

9. Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard — Shelton

Beardsley's is a smaller apple orchard, tucked away among the many historical farms in Shelton. Its rustic brown wooden barn and farmhouse building hide an orchard of more than 5,000 apple trees. The orchard's dwarf and semi-dwarf trees are easy to pick from.There are 17 varieties of apple deliciousness. Don't forget to pick up some of their Connecticut-famous cider.

10. March Farm — Bethlehem

The trip to this wonderful 100-year old family farm is a feast for the eyes: scenic, gently-winding country roads along and over fast creeks lead you up to the farm. Apple trees cover 50 acres of hills on both sides of the road. The farm store sells fresh, seasonal produce and all sorts of apples and homemade bakery products in addition to giant pies, cider-flavored donuts, and rich cookies. There is a play-scape on site as well as farm animals for the little kids to befriend. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; prices range from av1/2 peck ($12) to 1/2 a bushel ($35).

11. Blue Jay Orchard — Bethel (Note: Closed for 2023 season)

Look for the bright red barn. The farm store is jam-packed with farm treats like blueberry and maple syrup, baking mixes, and fresh pies and donuts. But if you want to pick your own, you'll have to reach into the trees to select one of your favorite from 36 different styles of flavorful apples. Picking is open from September to late October.

Image of a child apple picking in Connecticut. 
Let your kids feel proud of their hard-earned treats at a CT orchard! Photo by Ally Noel for Mommy Poppins

12. Averill Farm — Washington Depot

Stop by for U-pick apples at Averill Farm or snack on the fresh homemade apple cider donuts (even better!). Tables and chairs are set up outside by the orchards where you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the hills. Bite into a Paula Red, Tydeman, or Red Free. Pre-picked are available as well.

13. Silverman's Farm — Easton

Come and pick your own eating and baking apples starting in late August, and introduce the kids to Silverman's animal farm too (admission fee required). They have goats, llamas, sheep, and even buffalo! Before you leave, pick up some fresh apple cider or a fresh Silverman's pie to take home. J and D kettle corn is available on the weekends.

Apple Picking in Connecticut - New Haven and Middletown 

Image of child eating an apple at a Connecticut orchard.
There are 20 varieties for apple picking at Bishop's in Guilford, CT. Photo courtesy of Bishops's Orchards.

14. Bishop's Orchards — Guilford

Family owned since 1871, Bishop's offers 110 acres of apple crops. Come and pick from the 20 varieties of apples from (projected) September to October. And, the creamery is now open! Call Bishop's information line before heading out to the orchard: (203) 458-PICK. 

15. Belinsky Farm — Oxford

Small, scenic, homey and brimming with pick-your-own apples, Belinsky Farm has hours on weekends from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cortland, Empire, and Delicious are three popular apple picking choices. Call the pick line at 203-888-0322 for up-to-date apple orchard news.

16. Drazen Orchards — Cheshire

Stroll the scenic acres of this Cheshire farm. Bring a picnic to share under a shady tree or at one of their picnic tables! Pick your own apples from late-August through mid-October at this Connecticut apple orchard. Be sure to call for a reservation if your group is 5 or more. 

19. Norton Brothers Fruit Farm — Cheshire

Apples have already begun to ripen for picking! Spend some time under the apple trees (or the picnic tables) at Norton Brothers Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am-5 pm, and weekends too.The Farmer's Market stocks all kinds of old-home items like maple syrup. fruit butters, pies, and cider. No dogs or pets allowed.

20. Rose Orchards — Branford

Located in North Branford, Rose Orchards has been owned by the Rose family since the earliest days of Connecticut. The farm offers seasonal U-pick apples, as well as a farm market and a creamery serving up old fashioned frozen custard. Say hello to the Rose animals, ducks, goats, chickens, and sheep. 

Image of a family apple picking in Connecticut at Lyman Orchards.
Take the kids apple picking at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Photo courtesy of the orchard

21. Lyman Orchards — Middlefield

Centrally located in the middle of the state, Lyman is a large and very popular Connecticut apple orchard with amazing hilltop views. Apple picking is open daily starting in early August. You can sign up online for pick-your-own alerts so that you never miss a fruit season. After you are done picking their many apple varieties, check out the Apple Barrel market, featuring fresh local fruit, baked goods, and specialty items. There is also a lovely deck with picnic tables to sit at with the family and drink apple cider.

Apple Picking in Eastern Connecticut

22. Scott's Yankee Farmer — East Lyme

One of the largest farms in Eastern Connecticut, Scott's not only offers apples (starting September 2), but also berries, peaches, and pumpkins. Hitch a ride on a tractor and see the farm from a different perspective. Make sure you stop in the market and see the cider press being used. The most up to date information is always on the farm's Facebook page.

23. Horse Listeners Orchard — Ashford

Horse Listeners Orchard in Ashford boasts a large variety of apples, peaches, blueberries, and an assortment of veggies. Apples are ready for pie-making in mid-September. Horse Listener's Orchard has a fully stocked farm store year-round. For the best haul, come in October when 9 of the apple varieties are ready. Looking for a little more? Stop by their market and get all your fruit for the week.

Photo of children holding apples at a CT apple orchard. 
U-pick and U-love the fun of apple picking with the family! Photo courtesy of Holmberg Orchards

24. Holmberg Orchards — Gales Ferry

Holmberg Orchards offers a little of everything: a variety of apples for apple picking (starting September 2), a superb farmers' market and bakery with lots of local offerings, and a winery that features hard ciders and fruit wines. When apple picking, pre-purchase your container (choose from a 3 lb bag up to a 13 lb bag) for entry. Check for weather and picking updates on the website.

25. Whittle Willow Spring Farm — Mystic

Whittle Willow Spring Farm has been around for a century. This lovely, little farmer's  market offers all sorts of freshly picked farm product, including pick-your-own apples beginning in September. Enjoy Macoun, Cortland, and MacIntosh (among others) fresh from the trees. 


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