GUIDE: Where to Pick-Your-Own Berries

By By Meghan Friedland, Publisher/Editor, Macaroni Kid Danbury-Bethel-Ridgefield, CT June 25, 2019

Berry season is here! Ever since I was a kid, early-mid June marked the occasion when we’d pack the family in the car for a day out in the sun picking strawberries in the fields out east on Long Island. My face, hands and clothing were stained pink and at the end of the day, we’d gather in the kitchen piling fresh, juicy berries on a toasted waffle with homemade whipped cream and powdered sugar. YUM! And come July, it's time for blueberries... and peaches in August...

I’ve been carrying on this tradition with my kids for the last several years, but picking berries on the Connecticut side of the LI Sound. Here is a list of some places to go if you're looking forward to a pint or two of sun-ripened, sweet strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more! Many also offer a pick-your-own option for other kinds of fruit well into fall. We recommend that you call ahead to the farm to confirm crop availability and exact picking times. Have fun!  

Jones Family Farms, Shelton (Strawberries and Blueberries) *uses integrated pest management practices*

Lyman Orchards, Middlefield (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apples, Pears, etc.)

March Farm, Bethlehem (Strawberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Apples)

Deeply Rooted Farms, Harwington (Strawberries)

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm, Sharon (Strawberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Plums, Apples, Pears, etc..) *uses integrated pest management practices*

Evergreen Berry Farm, Watertown, CT (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries) *ORGANIC*

Thompson-Finch Farm, Ancram, NY (Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples) *ORGANIC*  

If anyone finds other organic, pick-your-own berry farms that are closer, please let us know!