Where to Go Apple Picking! | Stamford Moms

Believe it or not… apple picking season is here! Pick your own has already begun at some farms in Connecticut and New York and will continue through October.

It’s one of the fall activities we all look forward to every year! Just remember to check before heading out to see if the farm you’re planning to visit requires a reservation and to check on the harvest schedule… especially if there is a particular apple you’d like to pick!

To make things as easy as possible, scroll down for a list of pick your own apple orchards nearby!

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY
(845) 227 -2306
Apple picking has begun
Sunday – Thursday, 11a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (PYO open daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Playground, animals, ice cream stand, gem stone mining, mini golf, concessions, farm stand, Tree Top Adventures Thursday – Sunday, but needs to be reserved online. Music on Friday & Saturday evenings, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. No entry fee (except during festival weekends).

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 11
Bakery open daily, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (PYO open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT
(203) 458-PICK – daily updates
Apple picking has begun
PYO open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Market, creamery & winery.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions listed here

Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT
(203) 748-0119
Apple picking begins Saturday, September 4
Market open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Farm market, bakery, pumpkin patch

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
Apple picking begins Saturday, September 11 by reservation on weekends ONLY!
Tickets go on sale every Tuesday for the following weekend.
Farm market open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (PYO open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
COVID-19 Safety Precautions listed here

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT
(860) 295-3886 – 24-hour hotline
Apple picking has begun
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Golf, apple barrel, farm market and events
COVID-19 Safety Precautions listed here

March Farm
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT
(203) 266-7721
Apple picking not yet open
Market, bakery, playscape, animal yard & corn maze

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
(914) 277-3188
Apple picking begins Saturday, September 11 by reservation ONLY!
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Corn maze, farm stand & pumpkin picking

Rogers Orchards
2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke, Southington, CT
(203) 879-1206
336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT
(860) 229-4240
PYO open early September on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions Listed here

Silverman’s Farm
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT
(203) 261-3306
Apple picking has begun!
Market open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., animal farm open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions listed here

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY
(914) 245-5111
Apple picking begins Saturday, September 4!
Open Wednesday – Monday, CLOSED on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (PYO open, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) 

Corn maze, farm market, winery & bakery.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions listed here

Know Before You Go

  • Call ahead to check on conditions and the types of apples available for picking.
  • Some orchards require reservations this year to allow for social distancing, check to see if this is necessary before you go!
  • Don’t forget your masks!
  • 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. Also, due to COVID-19, many orchards will not have tractor rides this year which will mean lots of walking!
  • 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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