The crisp fall air is teasing us and and the vibrant shades of orange and red are creeping up on the leaves; that’s when you know. Autumn is here and it’s the season of apples, pumpkin pies and decorating your front stoop with the ghoulish pumpkin faces carved for Halloween. There is no better way to feel the spirit of this inviting turn of the season spell then to pick your own apples to bake with or choose that perfect pumpkin from the patch. Family friendly and the perfect way to experience the quintessential New England fall — take a visit to these farms and orchards to pick-your-own autumn classics!
Just a quick drive next door to Easton, Silverman’s Farm is a classic stop, founded in 1920. You can tell: this family knows their apples! Take the hayride up the hill to find a wide variety of apples for you to pick. Don’t forget about their large pumpkin patch: you could even win a free pumpkin if you guess the weight of your big orange prize within 2 ounces! 451 Sport Hill Rd. 203-261-3306
Pumpkinseed Hill Farm is reserved specially for the picking needs of Fairfield County residents. This family farm really seems to have it all to pick yourself year round: strawberries, blueberries, Christmas trees, and now pumpkins. Get the full experience in their Market Yard with farm animals, hayrides, corn mazes and fresh fall flowers to purchase! 120 Beardsley Road. 203-929-8425.
Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard
Picking is offered on September and October weekends at this quaint little farm. The Beardsleys have been farming on this Shelton lot since 1849, and now they plant over 5,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees for the orchard- perfect for little kids to pick the branches! Don’t forget to stop by their farm bakery and try their apple cider, cider donuts, and breads like Apple-Caramel — all from ripe Beardsley Orchard apples. 278 Leavenworth Rd., 203-926-1098.
Blue Jay Orchards
Starting in September, Blue Jay Orchards has a selection of over 36 apple varieties, from Cortland to Fuji to Granny Smith- whatever apple your recipe (or appetite) craves is what Blue Jay has! This 140-acre farm in the picturesque New England town of Bethel remains one of the few commercial orchards in Fairfield County. 125 Plumtrees Rd. 203-748-0119.
Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch
Set in the center of Castle Hill Farm, visitors are allowed to pick their own pumpkins from an immense four-acre field. Oh, the choices! Combined with their infamous 6-acre corn maze, tractor pulled hayrides and bustling petting zoo, a visit to Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch is a jam-packed day of autumn activity! 40 Sugar Lane. 203-426-5487.