This year more than ever, New Englanders have rediscovered their love for the outdoors. Here’s a list of lovely, laid-back local farms to visit, relax at and enjoy. You don’t have to travel far to find a piece of rustic heaven!
JC Farm & Greenhouses, 385 Wallingford Road, Durham
For the readers with a green thumb, this is the place for you! With an expansive nursery that features a wide variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, etc. this is the best-smelling farm you’re bound to come across. Though it’s easy to be drawn in by the delicate aroma and vibrant colors of the nursery, don't miss the shop that features fresh produce and goods from other Connecticut farms.
Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield
This versatile farm with a rich history is the best destination for even the most persnickety of explorers! With a prize winning farm/grocery store, ice cream stand, 18-hole golf course, and wide variety of pick-your-own fruit orchards, Lyman Orchards truly has something for everybody. While Lyman Orchards typically draws more people in autumn, don’t forget about this wholesome nook as the weather gets nicer this spring. There are even some fun events coming up on soon the calendar, so be on the lookout.
Plasko's Farm 670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull
A smooth ride heading south will lead you to Trumbull’s last remaining fully operating farm. With fresh ice cream and Italian ice made daily, plenty of seating options, and excellent hours of operation, this completely Instagram-worthy creamery is the perfect spot for larger groups to gather and enjoy a night out!
Beaumont Farms, 945 E Center St, Wallingford
If you’re looking for a unique photo op, this is the farm for you! Beaumont Farms regularly updates their large displays to match holidays or special occasions. With life-sized characters from Charles Shultz’s classic comic strip Peanuts adorning the farmland and a greenhouse bursting with color, this farm serves as a brilliant backdrop for a light-hearted spontaneous photoshoot.
Cheshire Hollow Farm, 1559 Peck Lane, Cheshire
Animal lovers, this is the place for you! This year-round operating farm is home to goats, miniature cattle, miniature horses (and one retired racehorse), pot-bellied pigs, farm fowl and rabbits. The extremely sociable animals serve as therapeutic and educational companions for all who visit. Owned by John Romanik Sr. and run by John Romanik, Jr. and his wife Dawn Cestaro, the farm is a very family-oriented space. They offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities for all ages, and actively donate to their community whenever they can. Keep Cheshire Hollow Farm in mind for your next unique day out with friends or little ones.
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves. When she’s not helping out in the English department at Maloney High School, she’s either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@east_side_vibes_ on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach . Email Francesca at firstname.lastname@example.org with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!