Strawberry picking in Connecticut is a fun annual activity! Some farms have already begun pick your own, while others expect to start within the next few days.

Below you’ll find a list of great farms nearby that offer strawberry picking!

Keep in mind, there are new regulations this year due to COVID-19. So, be sure to check the farm’s website and social media pages before heading out… and be sure to bring your masks!

Strawberry season may also change quickly due to weather and crop abundance. To make sure you have the most accurate crop information on the day you choose to head to the farm, we recommend calling or checking online ahead of time.

Happy strawberry season!

Bishop’s Orchard
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
No information available for the 2020 season.
Call (203) 458-PICK for daily updates

Buell’s Orchard
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT
Opening Day not yet confirmed.
Find safety protocol for the 2020 season here.
Open: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday & Thursday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., CLOSED Sunday

Deeply Rooted Farms
Route 72, Harwinton, Connecticut
Opening Day not yet confirmed.
Find safety protocol for the 2020 season here.
Daily picking conditions available here or call (860) 921-3434

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd (Route 4), Sharon, CT
Opening date not yet confirmed.
Find safety protocol for the 2020 season here.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
30 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY
Starting Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person (children under 3 years old are free)
Find safety protocol for 2020 here.

Jones Family Farm
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT
Starting Thursday, June 11.
Online reservations are strongly recommended; time slots are limited. Book here!
According to the website, bringing children, under age of five, is not recommended. 

Find safety protocol for the 2020 season here.
Call the Farmer Jones Crop Line (203) 929-8425 before heading to the farm

Lyman Orchard
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT
Open for picking!
Find safety protocol for the 2020 season here.
Call (860) 349-6015 for crop & field conditions, varieties & market prices

Rose’s Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury, CT
Opening date not yet confirmed.
Find announcements for the 2020 season here.
BONUS: Breakfast with a view! Details available here!

Scott’s Yankee Farmer
436 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme CT
Starting Saturday, June 13.
By reservation only, spots are limited. The reservation system will be open each afternoon for picking the following day. Check here.
Find announcements for the 2020 season here.
Call for more info (860) 739-5209

Starvish Farm
Pleasant Road, Enfield, CT
Open for picking!
Updates available here.

Strawberry Picking Tips

  1. Walk carefully to make sure not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.
  2. Only pick berries that are completely red. Part the leaves to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
  3. Remove the berries that look rotten, sunburned, like they have insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. This keeps the rot from spreading to other berries.
  4. If you plan to keep the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked in the heat become soft, are easily bruised and do not keep well.
  5. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunshine. Instead put them in the shade and keep them cool as soon as possible after picking.
  6. Strawberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three, depending upon the initial quality of the berry.
  7. Do not wash the berries until you’re ready to use them. This will keep them fresh for longer.
  8. To make sure you eat all of your strawberries, put some in the fridge, wash and cut the green tops off the others and freeze them to keep them fresh longer!

Tips c/o pickyourown.org. Photos c/o Unsplash.

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