Local orchards, farms gear up for fall

Although the official first day of autumn isn't until September 23rd, dozens of orchards and farms all across Connecticut have already been enjoying plentiful harvests. As they gear up for the fall fun that is to come, consider checking out these local farms in the next few months. They have big plans for the upcoming season you won’t want to miss! 

Blue Hills Orchard

This fifth-generation family owned orchard combines tradition and innovation to create an incredible backdrop for a day of apple-themed action! While the orchard’s storefront features a wide selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and local goods, the majority of Blue Hills Orchard’s 300s acres is dedicated to apple trees. To visit the trees, plan your weekend around their Pick Your Own experience. Available on Saturdays and Sundays, the Pick Your Own orchards are accessed via a truly pleasant wagon ride down to the designated area where groups are led to the finest trees Blue Hills can offer. After returning to the weighing counter with your crop, consider purchasing some of their in-house apple cider to truly make the most of the day! 

41 Blue Hills Road, Wallingford, CT 06492

High Hill Orchard, 170 Fleming Rd, Meriden, CT 06450

For fresh produce and Pick Your Own options with a “hidden gem” quality you won’t find in larger, more commercial farms, check out High Hill Orchard tucked up in Meriden. Don’t be dissuaded by the location of the farm; it definitely might seem off the beaten path, but ultimately this adds to the overall charm; a whimsical farm store welcomes all who come upon the orchard, along with a spanning view of trees. Guests are encouraged to stroll around the grounds and explore all the Pick Your Own options. This spot is an excellent option for an intimate date or grandparents out with children– if you want all the fun of an orchard adventure without the hustle and bustle of more brand-savvy farms, High Hill Orchard is the place to be!  

Old Bishop Farm

A Connecticut favorite since the 1700s, Old Bishop Farm has been a proud part of countless family traditions throughout the years! With an enchanting country store that features local goods, produce, and (perhaps best yet) their homemade ice cream and baked treats, it’s no wonder that Old Bishop Farms has attracted visitors from far and wide. An aspect of this adorable estate that often goes overlooked is the Pick Your Own Flowers section behind the farm store. Initially sold as an effort to show the community that the farm was still active during a renovation, the fresh flowers have grown to be one of the many prides of Old Bishop Farm. The flower section is accessible and a great activity for visitors of any age, so be sure that after you grab a scoop of ice cream you don’t miss the “secret garden” on your way out. Pro tip– this farm store features a side room where you catch a glimpse of bakers hard at work through a plexiglass viewing window working on creating the day’s baked treats. The same room features some of the cutest autumn decor in central Connecticut so essentially, do not enter this room unless you’ve got time and money to spare!

500 S Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT 06410

Rogers Orchards  

Rogers Orchards– double the farms, double the fun! With two retail locations in Southington that operate from July to mid May, there’s something for everyone almost all year long. In addition to having an incredible history, these family-owned bicentennial farms have “variety” on lock! From candles and goat milk soap to pasta and peanut butter, Rogers Orchards has all the farm classics and more– many of the less traditional products featured are provided by local businesses from Southington and surrounding communities that come together in two one-stop-shops!

Shuttle Meadow Farm Store 336, Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT 06489 and Sunnymount Salesroom 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke Southington, CT06489

Don’t let your autumn slip by without a fabulous farm visit! Whether you enjoy a whole family day of fun or just pop in for a baked treat after a long day, try to get in touch with your New England roots sometime soon!


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