The abundance and availability of fresh food at this time of the year is a real treat. Being able to pick our own fruits and vegetables at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. Not only is it a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach children about where their food comes from and to engage them in its preparation process.
Right now, strawberry picking is just getting under way, but don't hesitate: on some farms the picking season lasts just a few weeks. For more pick-your-own options in Connecticut, check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms. Happy picking - and baking - and eating!
Jones Family Farms—Shelton
Pick your own strawberries and blueberries in summer, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees during the holidays. A 400-acre family farm since 1848, berry picking is at the Valley Farm or Pumpkinseed Hill. Call ahead for the Crop Report to see what's ripe for picking, or follow the signs on the property. The strawberry picking season opened on June 6, 2016. Monday-Saturday, 8:00 am - 5:30pm, Sunday, 8:00 am-noon).
Route 110 & Walnut Tree Hill Road (266 Israel Hill Road), 203-929-8425
Pick your own peaches starting the second week of July, or peruse the farm market for apples and other fresh fruit, veggies, and pies. The kids will love petting, feeding, and interacting with the farm friends in the animal farm, including llamas, goats, sheep, and emus. Stay tuned for 2016 updates.
451 Sport Hill Road (Route 59), 203-261-3306
White Silo Farm and Winery—Sherman
The farm is open from May through October. In past years, they have offered PYO rhubarb in May and June and raspberries and blackberries from August to October, but PYO was not offered in 2015. Stay tuned for 2016.
32 Route 37 East, 860-355-0271
Pick your own apples, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, pumpkins, and strawberries. Purchase farm fresh eggs, stop by the cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), grab snacks at the refreshment stand, and enjoy lunch at the picnic area. Children will love the petting zoo. Stay tuned for 2016 PYO news.
160 Munger Lane, 203-266-7721
Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm LLC—Plymouth
Pick your own blueberries or shop pre-picked produce, and enjoy lunch in the picnic area. Harvest is usually available in July, August, and September. Open: Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and cash only accepted. For 2016, PYO blueberry picking season is projected to begin in early July. Stay tuned.
23 Schrowback Road, 860-283-9571
Maple Bank Farm—Roxbury
Pick your own blueberries on this family farm that dates back to 1730. PYO is generally available Wednesday-Sunday. No opening date has been announced for 2016, but check back in early July.
53 Church Street, 860-354-7038
Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, LLC—Sharon
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, flowers, and more in one of the loveliest spots in Litchfield County. The vegetable selection includes corn and tomatoes. Open 7 days a week from June to November. As of June 6th, they had not announced their official opening date for PYO strawberries for 2016.
461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, 860-364-0025
Evergreen Berry Farm—Watertown
Pick your own organic berries. Choose from PYO blueberries, red and gold raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. Open everyday, mid July through September. Call ahead for updated picking conditions and berry availability. PYO blackberries should be available in early July 2016. Stay tuned for info.
435 Bassett Road, 860-274-0825
Scott's Yankee Farmer—East Lyme
Pick your own strawberries, cut flowers, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins. PYO season runs from early June through October. Don't miss the roadside stand for pre-picked veggies and legendary cider donuts. For 2016, PYO strawberry season will open on June 7, 2016, 8:00 am - noon.
436 Boston Post Road, 860-739-5209
Strawberries are the first to arrive, then blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins. Don't miss the sunflower maze at this 140-year old family farm that has been cared for by six generations. Check the website or call for picking dates. As of June 6, 2016, there is no firm opening date for PYO season, but keeping checking back for updates.
1355 Boston Post Road, 203-458-PICK
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view, or visit the Apple Barrel. Website is constantly updated, so check to see what's ready for picking and when. For 2016, strawberry PYO season opened on June 1st, with the annual Strawberry Fest celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 11th.
32 Reeds Gap Road, 860-349-1793
Photo: Strawberry picking at Jones Farms in 2015, Courtesy of the author.
Originally written by Sherry Pardy and published June 20, 2012.