Happy First Day of Fall, It's Time to Pick Your Own Pumpkins and Apples!

Known as the Autumnal Equinox, fall arrives today, Wednesday, September 22 at 3:20pm! For New England dwellers, fall is colorful, crisp, and beckons apple picking, hiking, and leaf-peeping!
Technically speaking, it is the moment when the Sun crosses the Equator, and here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will begin to see more darkness than daylight.  Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox via the Farmers' Almanac here.

Fall means "pick your own" in New England

After a long, warm summer, the night air is slowly beginning to turn crisp and the leaves are starting to show signs of yellow and orange (and soon red), autumn has arrived in New England. And in Connecticut, with over 60 varieties of apples grown on beautiful, sprawling farms, and pumpkins ready to harvest, autumn means apple and pumpkin picking. Let's face it, there really is nothing better than a juicy, freshly picked apple and the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Pumpkin Weekend in Ridgefield (Sept. 25 and Sept. 26) Jesse Lee Pumpkin Patch opens Saturday, Weigh Off in Ballard Park on Sunday!

Here in Ridgefield, the beloved Jesse Lee Pumpkin Patch opens this Saturday, September 25! Learn more about this Main Street fall favorite here. And, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off is Sunday! Learn more here.

Feel like day-tripping for pumpkins and apples? We made a list of some of the popular farms a short(ish) drive from Ridgefield that offer pick your own apples, and in some cases, pumpkins too!

Jones Family Farms is located at 606 Walnut Tree Road, Shelton, CT. 

Pumpkin picking only. Open Sept 18 and 19, 12 to 5:30 pm, for “Preview Weekend”, then we open daily starting on Sept 25.

Notes front the farm: “We have a GREAT CROP OF PUMPKINS this year, and we look forward to sharing it with you!”

For additional information, visit Jones Family Farm online or call (203) 929-8425.

Silverman’s Farm, located at 451 Sport Hill Farm in Easton, CT. Open 7 days a week.

Apple picking only. Click here for schedule.

Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard located at 278 Leavenworth Road in Shelton, CT

Apple picking only. Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th we picking Honeycrisp (they’re usually all picked within 3 hours!), Gala and McIntosh

Warrup's Farm is located at 51 John Read Road, West Redding, CT.

Pumpkin picking. Open weekends in October from 10am to 5pm.

Warrup’s Farm is a small farm using organic methods, operated by the Hill family During October weekends & Columbus Day Monday, pick pumpkins off the vine.

Greig Farm is located at 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY.

Pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Enjoy 400 acres of rustic charm, make friends with the goats, and shop the farmers market seven days a week. Greig Farm 9 am to 7 pm for picking apples and pumpkins.

Visit Greig Farm online here

Blue Jay Orchards is located at 125 Plum Tree Road in Bethel.

Apple picking only. Pumpkin “patch”

While the farm has a large pumpkin patch, they don't offer "pick your own". The farm does offer pick your own apples.

Visit them online here for call (203) 748-0119

Ellsworth Farm is located at 461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4) in Sharon, CT.

Apple and pumpkin picking, plus peaches and Asian pears.

Download our 2021 Pick Your Own brochure

Pick-Your-Own at Ellsworth Farm is open early September to late October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10:00-5:00, weather permitting.

Rogers Orchards is located at 336 Long Bottom Road in Southington, CT

Pick your own apples only.

Read more about Pick-Your-Own farms in Connecticut here!