Places to "Pick Your Own" Berries and More! - New Canaan & Darien Moms

We turned to our friends at Stamford Moms for some helpful resources on strawberry picking! Some farms have already begun “pick your own” outings, while others expect to start soon. Below you’ll find a list of great farms nearby that offer strawberry picking. The season may 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.

We’ve also included some options for berry picking beyond just strawberries. Depending on the season, each farm offers the freshest picks of the season. Pick your own is a great activity for family fun on the weekends. For additional tips, check out the blog Home with the Harrisons. Enjoy!

Strawberry and Other Berry Picking

         

Bishop’s Orchard
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
Opening soon for the 2021 season!
Call (203) 458-PICK for daily updates

Buell’s Orchard
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT
Opening soon for the 2021 season!
Find safety protocol for the 2021 season here.
Call (860) 974-1150 for information

Deeply Rooted Farms
Route 72, Harwinton, Connecticut
Open for pre-picked strawberries, pick your own is not yet open!
Find safety protocol for the 2021 season here.
Daily picking conditions available here or call (860) 921-3434

Dondero Orchards
529 Woodland Street South Glastonbury, CT
Call 860-659-0294 for more information

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd (Route 4), Sharon, CT
Opening soon for the 2021 season, but expecting a great crop!
Find safety protocol for the 2021 season here.

Everygreen Berry Farm
435 Bassett Road Watertown, CT
Blueberries – July to August
Black Raspberries – Early/Mid July
Call 860-274-0825 for more information

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell JCT, NY
Open for picking!
Online reservations available here!
Call (845) 897-4377 for more information
BONUS: The farm boasts homegrown organic vegetables
and eco-certified fruit which can be found year round at their
farm store. During your visit enjoy cider by the glass and lunch
at the outdoor grill.

Harvest Moon Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
Open for picking!
Online reservations available here!
Call (914) 485-1210 for more information

Jones Family Farm
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT
Open for picking!
Online booking is strongly encouraged and available here!
Find safety protocol for the 2021 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 2021 season here.
Call (860) 349-6015 for crop & field conditions, varieties & market prices

The Pickin’ Patch
279 Nod Rd Avon, CT
Call 860-988-0063 for more information.

Rose’s Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury, CT
Open for picking!
Call (860) 633-7467 for information
BONUS: Breakfast with a view! Details available here!

Scantic Valley Farm
329 Ninth District Road Somers, CT
Strawberries – June to July
Call 860-749-3286 for more information

Scott’s Yankee Farmer
436 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme CT
Open for pre-picked strawberries, pick your own is not yet open!
Find announcements for the 2021 season here.
Call for more info (860) 739-5209

Silverman’s Farm
451 Sport Hill Road Easton, CT
Raspberries – end of June, early July
Blueberries – end of June, early July
Peaches – July
Call 203-261-3306 for more information

Starvish Farm
Pleasant Road, Enfield, CT
Open for picking!
Updates available here or call (860) 623-3473

                              

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

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