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Where to Go Apple Picking!

Apple picking begins at some farms over Labor Day weekend! It’s one of the fall activities we all look forward to and there are plenty of places in Connecticut and New York to go picking September – October! Many of them also have petting zoo’s, eventually will have pumpkins and more. Check out our list of great locations for apple picking, below! Just be sure to call ahead, as the harvest schedule is always subject to change.

Where To Go Apple Picking

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY
(845) 227 -2306
Apple picking has begun!
petting zoo, fun park, corn maze and haunted house

Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard
278 Leavenworth Road, Route 110 in the White Hills section of Shelton, CT
(203) 926-1098
Apple picking begins September 7!
bakery

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT
(203) 458-PICK – daily updates
market, farm and winery

Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT
(203) 748-0119
Apple picking begins Saturday, September 7
market, wagon rides, pumpkin patch in late September

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
Apple picking begins Saturday, August 31!
weekend fall festival with hayrides, apple cannons, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, live music, Hardscrabble Cider, pumpkin patch begins 9/7, beer, face painting, pony rides and food!

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT
(860) 295-3886 – 24-hour hotline
Apple picking has begun!
gold, apple barrel, market

March Farm
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT
(203) 266-7721 
market, bakery, playscape, animal yard, corn maze

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
(914) 277-3188
Apple picking could begin Saturday, August 31 but has not yet been confirmed!
corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking

Rogers Orchards
2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke, Southington, CT
(203) 879-1206
336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT
(860) 229-4240
Apple picking season has begun!
bakery

Silverman’s Farm
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT
(203) 261-3306
market, animal farm

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY
(914) 245-5111
Apple picking tentatively begins Saturday, August 31!
corn maze, market, winery, pumpkin patch

Know Before You Go

  • Call ahead to check on conditions and the types of apples available for picking.
  • 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.

 

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