Hit the right spot in June, and your basket will be full of strawberries in no time. Photo courtesy of Ally Noel
Hit the right spot in June, and your basket will be full of strawberries in no time. Photo courtesy of Ally Noel

Places to Go Strawberry Picking with Kids in Connecticut

Strawberry picking farms have cropped up all over Connecticut. This fruit is the sweetest treat that warmer weather brings to the Northeast, and the easiest berry for kids to easily find and pick. Now that it's mid-June, you can visit one of the u-pick strawberry patches below, and watch the excitement on kids' faces as they hunt for the biggest, reddest berries on the farm.

In 2020, farms have been hard at work to make the PYO experience safe for visitors. The Connecticut strawberry season is short, usually lasting only from early or mid-June to early July, so don’t miss out! Just be sure to call ahead to make sure fields are open and full of berries. Be sure to also visit our Connecticut Farms and U-Pick Guide, where you can find all of the state's best spots for PYO produce, farm-fresh ice cream, and more.

Note: In 2020, due to COVID-19, many farms are delaying, canceling, or altering their u-pick plans, and changes could happen at any given time. Check with the farm before heading out. We will update the following information as we learn of changes.

PYO Strawberry Farms around Hartford 

Dondero Orchards  - South Glastonbury
Open for the 2020 strawberry season

Celebrating more than 100 years of history, this farm offers pick-your-own strawberries daily in June, and blueberries and raspberries in July. Fill up your basket and pay by the pound. While there, don’t forget to check out the bakery, brimming with amazing homemade pies, jam, and more. 

Rose’s Berry Farm  -South Glastonbury
Opening soon for PYO strawberries (as of 6/11/2020)

Luscious berries await along with a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in a scenic location; strawberries in June and 40 acres of blueberry plants in July. Opened in 1908, Rose's offers a hearty old-fashioned farmers' breakfast every Sunday, from 8am to 1pm. Relax on the deck and overlook the beautiful fields while enjoying a tasty home-cooked meal. Pack a lunch and enjoy a family picnic on the beautiful grounds. 

Pickin' Patch - Avon 
No PYO strawberries at this time (as of 6/11/2020)

This family-owned farm is open daily from 9am to 6pm, but be sure to call ahead to check for last-minute schedule or weather changes. Strawberries are usually available from mid June to early July. 

Jones Family Farms is a Fairfield County gem. Photo courtesy of Ally Noel.

PYO Strawberry Farms around Fairfield

Jones Family Farms -Shelton
Open for the 2020 strawberry season. Online reservations are strongly recommended; time slots are limited. There are no Berry Ferry rides at this time. Farm note: Strawberry picking this year will not be an appropriate activity for most young children under 5.

As the only farm in Fairfield County with pick-your-own strawberries, Jones tends to get packed on summer days, but that shouldn’t deter you from going. One trip on the berry ferry out the berry patches, and you’ll forget all about the lines. 

Enjoy the Hayloft Playscape at March Farm. Photo by Ally Noel.

PYO Strawberry Farms around Litchfield

Deeply Rooted Farms -Harwinton
Opening soon for PYO strawberries (as of 6/11/2020)

This family-run farm has the unique distinction of being able to offer an extended strawberry picking season - typically beginning at the end of May.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm  -Sharon 
Opening soon for PYO strawberries (as of 6/11/2020)

Grab a box and spend some family time collecting berries from Ellsworth Hill’s well-maintained berry patches. You can pick your own or grab a pint from the farm stand. 

Berry picking is just one of the many fun activities at Lyman Orchards. Photo courtesy of C. Verge.

PYO Strawberry Farms in East Connecticut

Scott’s Yankee Farmer  -East Lyme
PYO strawberries will start on June 13, 2020, by appointment only; reservations will open at 3pm for next day picking.

Founded in the 1960s, this 125-acre farm produces delicious strawberries. If you time your visit right, you may even be able to pick some summer raspberries. 

Bishops’s Orchards  - Guilford
Opening soon for PYO strawberries (as of 6/11/2020)
It’s hard to miss the signs for Bishop’s up and down I-95, but that doesn’t make a trip to this Connecticut institution any less charming. Admission to the berry patch is free; you just pay by the pound for what you pick. 

Lyman Orchards - Middlefield
Open for the 2020 strawberry season; picking groups or parties will be limited to no more than 4 people

This is a one-stop destination for family fun. For over a century, the Lyman family has been harvesting this land—and it shows. Make sure you check out the calendar to keep up with the crop and events.

Buell’s Orchard - Eastford
Opening soon for PYO strawberries (as of 6/11/2020)

The deliciousness of their fruit may only be surpassed by the kindness of Buell’s orchard farmers. This farm is so much more than family friendly - it is a local tradition that you shouldn’t miss. 

This article was first published in 2016.

Easy Pickin's
46 Bailey Rd
Enfield , CT

Dondero Orchards
529 Woodland Street
South Glastonbury,

Rose's Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road Glastonbury
CT ,

Dzen Tree Farm
215 Barber Hill Road
South Windsor, CT

Pickin' Patch
276 Nod Road
Avon , CT

Futtner's Family Farm
721 Silver Lane
East Hartford , CT

Belltown Hill Orchards
483 Matson Hill Road
South Glastonbury, CT
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