Now that the nice weather is finally (finally!) here, we can look forward to all kinds of fun outdoor outings. And one of our absolute favorite summertime outings is fruit picking at the many CT farms and orchards!
We like to keep a running list of all the PYO places that we’ve visited across the state over the past 6+ years of blogging. You can find that list HERE.
We also published a cute post last summer with a little look back at some of our favorite fruit-picking moments (OMG! Who are all those babies?!)
One thing we like to mention over and over is that crop availability and field conditions are always changing. And one of the best tips we’ve learned over the years is to follow the Facebook pages of your favorite PYO destinations when possible.
These days, many PYO places do a superb job of keeping their social media up-to-date with their latest offerings and also information about current picking conditions. Because the last thing we want to do is get our kiddos all excited about a PYO outing only to show up at the orchard and find that it’s closed that day for some unforeseen reason or that the crop you thought you’d be collecting is no longer in season (been there, done that, don’t want to repeat it!). So take a moment now to “like” those Facebook pages or at least keep the farms’ phone numbers handy so you can check in before you head out.
The first fruit in our PYO roster is strawberries, which should be making their juicy debut any moment now according to Rose’s Berry Farm’s Facebook Page 🙂
Here are my little rascals kicking off the season at Rose’s Berry Farm last June.
A new find last year: Scott’s Orchard in Glastonbury now offers PYO blueberries!
BTW, if you’re not into DIY produce picking, you can still enjoy all the fruits (and vegetables) without any labor by signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in your area. (Check out this great list of Connecticut CSA programs organized by county from our new friends over at CT Eats Out!)
So take a peek at the places we’ve been PYO-ing for the past six summers, and start planning for this delicious season of fresh and local!
Have a favorite destination that’s not on our list? We’d love to know! Email us the details at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, leave a comment on this post so that all our readers know your go-to PYO!
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