Dagny Eason, Fairfield County's Real Estate Blog: Fall Apple Picking in and near Fairfield County, CT

Fall Apple Picking in and near Fairfield County, CT

Fall Apple Picking in and near Fairfield County, CT

It’s autumn, and, in New England, that means it’s time to take advantage of the bounty of fall fruits and vegetables. Apple picking is a fun way to spend time outside on a beautiful fall afternoon. Even if you don’t pick your own, you can still purchase apples and other produce. Apple picking usually starts in mid-August with Ginger Gold and goes through the 3rd week of October, with Sun Crisps ripening last, and different varieties ripening at different times during the season. There are several farms in Fairfield County and just over the border in Westchester. Here are my favorite spots.

Call ahead for picking conditions.

Silverman's Farm in Easton, CT

Silverman's Farm
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT
203.261.3306
Open 9am- 5pm daily
Apple picking mid-August through mid-October

Silverman’s has been a working farm since the early 1920’s. Ben Silverman, the founder, built a cider mill where he pressed the apples of local families into sweet and hard cider. The mill closed in 2004, but the farm evolved over the years and has become a great destination for families. Along with apple picking, they have a pumpkin patch, a farm market, open daily 9am- 6pm that sells produce, pies, jellies, and other delicious treats.

They also have a rustic animal farm that is open daily 9am-5pm with buffalo, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle, and exotic birds. (There is a fee for this area of Silverman’s). There is also a country greenhouse on the premises where you can purchase plants, garden baskets, and edible gift baskets. Silverman’s is close to FairfieldTrumbullWestonWestport, and Bridgeport.

Highlights:

Pick your own apples and raspberries, pumpkin patch, farm market, animal farm, and greenhouse.

Apple varieties: Ginger Gold, Gala Red, McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Honey Crisp, Shizuka (sister to Mutsu), Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu Crispin, Jonagold, Autumn Gala, Cameo, and Sun Crisp.

Silvermansfarm.com

Silverman's Apple Chart(Approximate Harvest Schedule) 

 

Blue Jay Orchards

Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, CT
125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel, CT

203.748.0119
Farm market open daily 9am-6pm
Apple picking Saturdays and Sundays only 9am- 5pm, mid-August through Columbus Day

Nestled between DanburyNewtownBrookfield, and Redding, Blue Jay Orchards has been a working orchard since 1934. Before that, it had been a small dairy farm providing milk and butter. In those years, it also served as a bed & breakfast in the summers, one of the first in the Danbury area. Along with pick-your-own apples, they have a seasonal pumpkin patch and a store with a bakery that is open year-round selling their famous cider doughnuts and pies. They also sell cookies, turnovers, muffins, jams, and jellies. The have a variety of apples for picking and for sale including, MacIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, and Cortland. In the fall, they offer wagon rides ($3/person) on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also an Observation Bee Hive in the store where you can see honey being made.

Highlights: Pick your own apples, pick your own pumpkins, pumpkin patch, farm market, bakery, wagon rides

Apple varieties: MacIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, and Cortland.

Bluejayorchardsct.com

Har

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
914.485.1210
Market open 8am- 6pm daily April through Christmas
Apple picking in season Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day 9am- 4pm

Offering apple picking, market, farm shares, festivals every weekend through Halloween, Harvest Moon is located near RidgefieldWiltonNew Canaan, South Salem, Pound Ridge, and Katonah. Formerly known as Outhouse Orchards, this local institution is famous for their Cider Doughnuts and family friendly atmosphere. They sell many other locally grown products in their store including free-range eggs, honey, maple syrup, antibiotic and hormone-free turkey, and 100% grass-fed beef from Highland Cattle. Falls festival weekends include some or all of the following activities for an additional fee, cash only: hayrides, apple cannons, face painting, live music, pumpkin picking, pony rides, beer on tap, whiskey tasting, etc.

Highlights: Apple picking in season, market, farm shares, festivals, Leashed dogs permitted on farm, but not in store.

Apple varieties: McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Liberty Mac

Harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Tip: use insect repellent and sunscreen [if needed].

Happy picking!

 



 

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This article has been written by Dagny Eason.

 

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Comment balloon 11 commentsDagny Eason • October 04 2016 10:23AM

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Great localism post!   Your area sounds a lot like mine at this time of year....

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 3 years ago

100% jealous that you live near apple picking.  I love love love apples and the many thngs you can do with them in the kitchen and well... there just are NOT any fresh ones around here.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Li Read  - Thanks so much!    We have sooo many apple picking farms and homes with orchards!    I just had my first apple pear the other day at a friend's farm in Torrington, CT.    Delicious!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford,   -   So thrilled with this time of year - it is so pretty here now in the fall.....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Dagny your blog reminds me that I need to get over to Lyman Orchards and get some fresh apples.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 3 years ago

George Souto   I would love to join you!     Can you pick from the trees there?

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Some great places to do apple picking.  My wife and grandson did some picking in Southington over the weekend.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 3 years ago

Ed Silva   I need to get out there and do my picking before they all fall on the ground and get covered with bees!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 3 years ago

I only picked apples once and that was when I was stationed in Great Lakes IL and they grew over the base fence from a neighbors field.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 3 years ago

Hi Dagny - I will have to go up to Salingers or Outhouse Orchards this weekend.  I am considering hosting a meetup but it will have to be early since my daughter gets married on November 4th.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Dagny- We lived in the Midwest for a few years and one of the close to nature things we did was apple picking. Great memories for us city kids. 

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 3 years ago

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