It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year… apple picking season! Pick your own has already begun at some farms in Connecticut and will continue through October.
Just remember to check before heading out to see if the farm you’re planning to visit requires a reservation and to check on the harvest schedule… especially if there is a particular apple you’d like to pick!
To make things as easy as possible, scroll down for a list of pick your own apple orchards nearby!
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard
278 Leavenworth Road, Route 110 in the White Hills section of Shelton, CT
Apple picking begins September 9
Bakery open daily, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (PYO open on weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Additional Attractions: Bakery & Distillery
1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT
(203) 458-PICK – daily updates
Apple picking opening date TBD
PYO open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Additional Attractions: Market, creamery & winery.
Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT
Apple picking opening date TBD
Market open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Additional Attractions: Farm market, bakery, pumpkin patch
Hidden Gem Orchard
2500 Purchase Brook Road, Southbury, CT
First year offering PYO!
32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT
(860) 295-3886 – 24-hour hotline
Apple picking has begun
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Additional Attractions: Golf, apple barrel, corn maze, farm market and events including sunflower and corn mazes
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT
Apple picking begins September 8
Additional Attractions: Market, bakery, playscape, hay rides, animal yard & corn maze
2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke, Southington, CT
336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT
Apple picking begins Labor Day weekend
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. including Labor Day & Columbus Day Mondays
Additional Attractions: Bakery
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT
Apple picking has begun!
Apple picking is open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Market open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., animal farm open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Additional Attractions: Animal Farm, playground & country market
Know Before You Go
- Call ahead to check on conditions and the types of apples available for picking.
- Some orchards require reservations, check to see if this is necessary at the farm you choose, before you go!
- Dress appropriately for the outdoors and for potentially changing weather conditions. Terrain in orchards is usually grassy and bumpy with hills to climb/come down.
- If you want to bring your dog, check ahead of time. Some orchards do not allow pets.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Definitely bring snacks… many of the orchards are a bit of a drive from Stamford.
How To Pick The Best Apples
- Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.
- Once they’re picked, apples stop ripening.
- To picking apples directly from a tree, roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist.
- Don’t throw apples into your basket or bag after picking. Handle them gently to prevent bruising and spoiling.
- Don’t wash apples until right before using them to keep from spoiling.
- Keep apples cool after they’re picked to increase their shelf life.
Apple Festivals This Season
St. Peter’s Grace Apple Festival
Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 10
175 Old Tannery Road, Monroe, CT
West Haven Apple Festival
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24
First Congregational Church of West Haven
South Windsor Apple Fest
Saturday, September 23
75 Brookfield Street, South Windsor, CT
Southington Apple Harvest Festival
Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8
Southington Town Green
Glastonbury Apple Harvest and Music Festival
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
Riverfront, Park, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT
Mystic Apple Festival
Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22
Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT