Even little ones love to pick. Photo courtesy of Lyman Orchards
Even little ones love to pick. Photo courtesy of Lyman Orchards

Top Strawberry Picking Spots in Connecticut for Kids

Strawberry picking is a great outdoor activity that families can jump right into this time of year. COVID restrictions are lifting, and picking this sweet treat is a fabulous way to get outside and stretch our legs after a very long year. Visit one of these awesome Connecticut pick-your-own strawberry patches, and watch the excitement on kids' faces as they hunt for the biggest, reddest berries on the farm.

In 2021, many farms have put rules in place for making the 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 pick-your-own produce, farm-fresh ice cream, and more.

Note: In 2021, due to COVID-19, some farms are altering their u-pick plans or requiring reservations. Check with your favorite farm before heading out. 

Hartford-Area Strawberry Farms

Dondero Orchards  - South Glastonbury

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 a basket and pay by the pound. While there, don’t forget to check out the bakery and pick up a strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Rose’s Berry Farm  - South Glastonbury

Luscious strawberries are ready to be picked along with a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in this scenic location. It has 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 starting June 23, 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

This family-owned farm is open daily from 10am to 5pm, 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. 

Starvish Farm - Enfield

The 2021 strawberries are ready to be picked as of June 1. Open daily 8am-5pm, weather permitting. 

Scantic Valley Farm - Somers

A great place to pick strawberries with an amazing view. Their 2021 season of berries is still ripening. They expect to open in mid-June. 


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

Fairfield-Area Strawberry Farms

Jones Family Farms - Shelton

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 families from going. It's such a fun experience! Strawberry picking begins June 2, and reservations are required. Picking in the pre-season is at the Pumpkinseed Hill location. A reservation is good for up to 8 people maximum and is $15 for the first basket, 2 for $30, 3 for $36, or 4 for $39. 

Litchfield-Area Strawberry Farms

Deeply Rooted Farms - Harwinton

This family-run farm begins u-pick berries in mid-June and into early fall. Pints of pre-picked strawberries are currently available. 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm  - Sharon 

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. Picking begins in mid-June. Check out the 2021 pick-ur-own brochure.


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

Eastern Connecticut Farms

Scott’s Yankee Farmer  - East Lyme
 

PYO strawberries are by appointment only in 2021. 

Founded in the 1960s, this 125-acre farm produces delicious strawberries. If the visit is timed right, families may even be able to pick some summer raspberries. Strawberry picking starts June 10. Please check for reservation information and take note of the new picking field at 444 Boston Post Road.

Buell’s Orchard - Eastford

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 families shouldn’t miss. The farm-stand is located on the picking field in 2021.

Southern Connecticut Farms

Bishop's Orchards  - Guilford

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. Just pay by the pound for what's picked. Here's more information about COVID-19 rules.

Lyman Orchards - Middlefield

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 to check out the calendar to keep up with the crop and events. This farm has a beautiful location with lots of camera-worthy spots. Strawberry picking season starts in early June. Call the hotline for updated picking information.

 

This article was first published in 2016.

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