Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.