One thing I always look for forward to is the blooming of tall, fresh-faced sunflowers, peering over me, bringing the sunshine a little bit closer to earth. My family loves to be surrounded by fresh flowers as well as bring them into our home, and there is nothing better than cutting your own (forget grocery store bouquets!). If flowers make your day like they do mine, then you will want to check out the great places you can dance amongst the daisies here in Connecticut. And, of course many of these places offer pick your own berries, veggies and fruit too.
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 you and I to enjoy. They also serve some yummy home-made ice cream on site to enjoy with the kids too! 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.
473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351 860-376-4081
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield
Open through the month of August, Lyman Orchards (which is also a huge pick-your-own location) has a massive maze carved out of tall sunflowers. Your children wll 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.
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT 06455 860-349-1793
And now if you would like to pick an assorted bouquet of freshly grown flowers, check these places out!
Gutt Family Farm - Glastonbury
A family farm with an assortment of flowers available for picking. Come and make an arrangement of zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragons, and Queen Anne's Lace. You can also pick vegetables and fruits. Gutt Family Farm wants to encourage safety with scissors, so, younger kids are not allowed to snip in the field.
155 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033 860-659-4465
Peterson Farms - South Windsor
Come to Peterson farms with your children and pick flowers. The Farm provides the bucket and the scissors (please use caution) and you can snip tons of colorful beauties to bring to your home. Choose from flowers like zinnia, Black Eyed Susans, Queen Anne's Lace, holly hocks, and sunflowers. They are five dollars a pound. All you have to do is pick, weigh, and pay!
125 Burgess Road, South Windsor, CT 06074 860-608-3921
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 what it specializes in, Conn. maple products, make sure to grab some syrup on the way out!
339 South Road, East Hartland, CT 06027 860-653-2038
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.
163 North Windham Road, North Windham, CT 06256 860-786-7486
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.
403 Orchard Hill Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 860-928-9186
Freund's Farm Market - East Caanan
Freund's offers cut-your-own flowers every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't miss their tasty baked treats too including cookies, donuts, cupcakes and biscuits. Don't miss their tomatoes, squash, or apples either.
324 Norfolk Road, East Canaan, CT 06024 860-824-0650
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.
46 Bailey Road, Enfield, CT 06082 860-763-3276
Scott's Conn. Valley Orchard - Deep River
Scott's is a pick-your-own farm which is open mid-July to October. Fields and fields of color to choose from! They also have blueberries, peaches, and nectarines.
274 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417 860-526-9633
Photo Credit: J. Coe, A. Noel, N. Hastings