Great Places for Blueberry Picking CT – what could be nicer than a day picking blueberries with friends and family? Other than getting to eat them afterwards of course! Whether you are looking to make blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes or just eat them raw – here is a list of the best places to go blueberry picking in Connecticut.
Easy Pickins Orchard
4805, 46 Bailey Rd, Enfield, CT 06082
You can look forward to the warmest of welcomes at Easy Pickin’s Orchard!
“Easy Pickin’s Orchard is a pick-your-own farm in Enfield, CT. Since opening in 1992, we’ve expanded “what we grow” to include tree fruit, berries, vegetables, herbs & flowers. We aim to provide good, fresh produce to our customers, who enjoy, appreciate and support local agriculture — what we grow and how we grow it. In addition to “pick-your-own,” we sell our produce at the farm and at several farmers’ markets, summer & winter. In apple-picking season, we have special activities; all season long we welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy grocery shopping outdoors: fresh produce in the fresh air. Know your food and where it comes from; know your farmer; keep it local. We’ll see you here, where the pickin’ is easy!
Our Blueberries start to ripen in early to mid-July. We grow 8 different varieties of blueberries in order to extend our harvest season to the middle of September. Our berry patch is watered & fertilized by an underground irrigation system. It’s also covered by a net, to keep the feathered friends from enjoying more berries than we do ! By having nets over the field we can allow our berries to grow to their full size and flavor. This really makes a difference for ease of picking and for taste. We have just over 1-1/2 acres of blueberry bushes; they get pruned every year to keep them in good shape for producing an abundant, easy-to pick blueberry harvest. Our blueberry varieties, in order of ripening, are Duke, Bluejay, Bluerae, Bluecrop, Coville, Berkeley, Late Blue, & Elliott.”
Raspberry Knoll Farm
163 N Windham Rd, North Windham, CT 06256
Northeastern Connecticut’s “Premier Pick-Your-Own Berries, Herbs, Veggies, Flowers + more! Raspberry Knoll Farm LLC is a family run farm, owned by Mary and Pete Concklin, nestled on 65 acres in North Windham, in beautiful rural northeast Connecticut.”
Raspberry Knoll have four varieties of summer red raspberries; one variety of summer purple raspberry; one variety of blackberry; three varieties of fall red raspberries; one variety of black raspberry, one variety of summer yellow raspberry, and two fall yellow raspberries.
They also have three varieties of blueberries and many varieties of Strawberries.
Lyman Orchards Farm Store at the Apple Barrel
32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455
Lyman Orchards really is a big deal! From a modest working farm to the huge family attraction it is today, it has much to offer families.
“In their wildest dreams, colonial farmer John Lyman and his wife, Hope, could not have envisioned the complex and diverse enterprise that would evolve from their purchase in 1741 of a 37-acre parcel of land in what is now Middlefield. Now covering more than 1,100 acres of scenic farmland, Lyman Orchards is one of the most popular family attractions in New England.
Blueberries are a great snacking choice, not only for their delicious flavor and versatility in recipes, but because they are a nutritional powerhouse! Blueberry picking is a great family friendly activity!
Low in fat and calories, high in fiber and Vitamin C, blueberries are rich in antioxidants. Eating 1/2 cup of blueberries daily provides antioxidant activity that has been shown to help protect against the effects of aging, including heart disease, arthritis, and short-term memory loss.”
Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd, Shelton, CT 06484
Jones Family Farms – “nestled in the White Hills of Shelton, with its 19th century dairy barn and homestead farmhouse, impresses the visitor as a peaceful and relaxed living environment. The beautiful countryside with its orderly rows of Christmas trees, neat stonewalls, and well-maintained fields are the result of efforts by seven generations of Jones family farmers.
The farmers of the 400-acre working farm invite families to visit and harvest seasonal crops. Presently under cultivation are 200 acres of Christmas trees, 15 acres of strawberries, 15 acres of blueberries, and 25 acres of pumpkins, gourds and squash. The Jones farmers harvest these crops from three different farm locations known as the Homestead Farm, the Valley Farm, and Pumpkinseed Hill. The farm also manages 50 acres of hay land and 50 acres of woodlots. Over ten acres of grapes are in production for the farm’s winery.”
Each generation of the Jones family has left their positive impact on the farm. Growing up on a dairy farm, fourth generation Philip Jones started the Christmas tree farm in the 1940s. His son Terry, fifth generation, added the wonderful strawberries and blueberries in the 1960s. Sixth generation Jamie started the winery in 2004. One wonders what the seventh generation might bring to the farm.”
Horse Listener’s Orchard
317 Bebbington Rd, Ashford, CT 06278
At Horse Listener’s Orchard you get the full rustic experience, where you can truly embrace the rural way of life!
“Horse Listener’s Orchard is a beautiful 153 Acre Orchard with apples, peaches, tomatoes, vegetables and blueberries asking to be picked and bought. As well as train rides on weekends, special tours and festivals throughout the season. We have a store filled with candy, seeds, flowers, mustards, syrups, jams, jellies, “high” pies and fresh eggs from the chickens we keep.”
You can pick your own blueberries at Horse Listener’s Orchard.”
Belltown Hill Orchards – Blueberry Picking Connecticut
483 Matson Hill Rd, South Glastonbury, CT 06073
Belltown Hill Orchards offers a wonderful family day out, with plenty of activities, beautiful surroundings and yummy treats to eat!
“Belltown hill orchards is a working, fourth generation orchard nestled in the scenic rolling hills of south Glastonbury, Connecticut. Come on out to our farm market to pick up tasty local produce, a fresh baked pie or apple cider donuts! Our pick your own is a favorite family activity, after you are done harvesting your own fresh produce stop at our hungry harvester concession stand to enjoy a fresh hot batch of our famous apple fritters.
Step out into the beauty of our orchards for a picturesque afternoon in our Pick-Your-Own fields from mid-June to late October. Our farm is famous for our pick-your-own apples, offering over 24 varieties!
Looking for a sweet snack packed with flavor and nutrients? Try our farm fresh blueberries! Blueberry season on the farm is a great time to load up on these sweet little morsels!
Blueberry Picking season typically starts around July 5th and ends in early September.
Make an afternoon of pick-your-own blueberries in our bountiful blueberry patch! We sell our u-pick blueberries by the pound so be sure to fill up your container!”
451 Sport Hill Rd Easton, CT 06612
Silverman’s Farm is located in Easton, Connecticut and is about a 45 minute drive from Stanton House Inn. This farm features a gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, petting zoo, farm animals, and sometimes hayrides in addition to apple-picking in September.
“We’ll be celebrating summer with our Firefly Festival in June! Our Animal Farm is still busy with new arrivals. The Orchard is changing every day and our blueberries and raspberries are nearing harvest. The Market is open and slowly filling with Silverman’s Own fresh fruits and veggies.”
Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon, CT 06069
There is so much to see, do and try at Ellsworth Hill Orchard that a day spent there will delight the whole family.
“Pick Your Own Fruits & Berries
We call our land Mother Nature’s Candy Store for all the wonderful crops that she produces. We are dedicated in growing the highest quality fruits and vegetables from a tree or bush to your table. All crops and their productivity rely on Mother Nature’s weather so day and hours of picking are subject to change!”
Delicate, delicious, and great for snacking! Our blueberries produce fruit for 2 and a half months.
Available early July through Early September. Fresh picked blueberries are also available in our farm store Saturday and Sunday, and pre-picked at our farm stand Monday through Friday.”
403 Orchard Hill Rd, Pomfret Center, CT 06259
Lapsley Orchard is very proud of its history and its evolution with the times.
“The fields at Lapsley Orchard have been producing food since early colonial days. In fact, Isreal Putnam once purchased the acres in 1750 and specialized in stock raising and fruit growing. This land is still proudly feeding the community today. Present day production offers the best of a New England farm, with a retail stand offering a diversified selection of fruits and vegetables all grown on sight. Our 200 acre farm is not just a place to shop. It is local, healthy and fresh and comes with a commitment towards the highest quality produce. Our family takes great pride in the harvest of all our hard work, to place on your family’s table.”
Pick- your -own blueberries runs from July to September”
529 Woodland St, South Glastonbury, CT 06073
Dondero Orchards is a family-owned local farm celebrating 110 years in business.
“Come enjoy our Pick Your Own, Farm Dinners, delicious Bakery, Greenhouse, and more. We provide only the top quality for you, your family, and friends! Welcome to the Family!
Dondero Orchards has Clapp Favorite Pears, Cling Peaches, Blueberries and Raspberries available in July.”
448-518 New England Rd, Guilford, CT 06437
At Bishop’s Orchards “we work hard and take pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year from our family to yours. All the fresh products are available either seasonally at our Pick-Your-Own (PYO) locations and/or annually at our farm market.
The summer sun shining down on our orchards provides an ideal location to spend part of the day to enjoy the fun of picking your own quality fruit directly from the bushes or trees. Each year the Pick-Your-Own season may vary due to weather and crop abundance, yet generally runs from mid-June until the end of October.
We look forward to having your family and friends enjoy the fun and experience of our popular Pick-Your-Own season at Bishop’s Orchards! Plan ahead and see when your favorite fruit will be ready for picking to snack on shortly after picking or to prepare delicious meals or canned jams.
Mid July – Late August
A small berry is readily available mid-July and continues into late-August with approximately a six-to-seven week harvest period. As with our strawberries, we grow several varieties of blueberries on our lands that continuously ripen throughout the season. Do not take their small size the wrong way as they are very versatile and have excellent eating, cooking and freezing qualities. When picking, it is recommended that the berry has a full blue color to guarantee a full, sweet flavor. With a longer availability for picking, we rotate our picking areas to ensure a steady, uniform supply of ripe berries from the start to the end of the season.”
Also see our post on the best farms in Connecticut.