It’s Strawberry Picking Season for Families in Connecticut — one of our favorite times of year because we get to pick your own fruits and vegetables!  Travel around with us, please — give us your updates on Facebook and together we can share how to feed ourselves better, keep active with our kids, and support local farmers and businesses.  After COVID-19 farms worked hard to make visiting safe for you; it is possible that there are delays or changes in schedules so please call ahead to check yourself.

Pick-your-own isn’t the only way to go — but definitely buy local for the freshest stuff, to patronize other entrepreneurs and our state’s economy!  Check out this helpful page of Connecticut Farms featured on Buy Locally CT which also lists Farmer’s Markets and local products — cute finds of all sorts.

Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries all in one place at Rose’s Berry Farms in Glastonbury or Dondero Farms close by.    West of Hartford Deeply Rooted Farms in Harwinton is a really nice option especially because Pickin’ Patch in Avon is not offering pick-your-own at this time. Jones Family Farms recommends reservations because time slots are limited, and unfortunately strawberry picking this year will not be an appropriate activity for most young children under 5.

June through mid July is the best time for blueberries – we found this county map online plus state’s crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.  Another resource is the CT Department of Agriculture’s list of CT Pick-Your-Own Farms.  We head to 4H Auer Farm in Bloomfield – a peaceful, small farm environment with an educational barn of animals.

A reliable farm with a huge variety of fruit like raspberries beginning in July and vegetables is Easy Pickin’s Orchard in Enfield and should be explored for strawberry picking season CT.

Organic farms in our state are listed at http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=431072.

Click here for easy strawberry jam making directions. Have you ever made your own ice cream?  How to make ice cream also provided by pickyourown.org.