Nothing says classic Fall in the Northeast like apple picking! The best time to go apple picking is during September and October. We recently moved from Florida and were thrilled at the opportunity to visit an apple orchard and pick some fruit and vegetables to take home. We are so lucky that 15 minutes away from our house is Silverman’s Farm – an orchard, country market,
How to Get Here
Silverman’s Farm is located in Easton, Connecticut which is in the southwestern corner of CT. It is about 30 minutes away from Danbury and New Haven and an hour from Hartford. It is one of the many farms in Easton CT that have fresh, local produce for sale to the public.
We arrived around 11:00 AM on a beautiful Saturday at Silverman’s Farm and it was already filled with people. The parking lot is located next to the animal farm and across the street from the market and orchard (signs are very clearly marked). Once we parked, we crossed the street and walked into the market to buy our “pick your own apples” fruit bags.
You are required to purchase at least one adult bag ($20) and any child you accompany must have their own smaller bag ($5 each). We were a party of 4, so we had to buy the minimum adult bag and two child bags ($30 total). After the sticker shock of spending $30 to pick fruit, we grabbed our bags and walked towards the orchard. A staff member asked us to wait a minute as the tractor cart was on its way to pick us up.
A tractor cart? Yes. A covered wagon pulled by a tractor takes you on a
Once we arrived at the top, there was a staff member there to greet us and give us a brief rundown of the rules. He showed us the proper way to pick an apple (hold it by the stem and twist), and which rows were available for picking. He also said that we were welcome to eat one or two as a “welcome gift”.
We picked quite a few Ginger Gold apples and Gala apples, and also had a couple as snacks while we were picking. It really was a wonderful family experience. We demonstrated to the children which apples “looked good” and which we should not touch. We then allowed the kids to choose the ones they wanted. They had smiles from ear to ear (again so did I)!
After apple picking, the tractor wagon picked us up to take us veggie picking. It was already almost the end of the season, so the offering was not too great. We picked some green and yellow
It was nearing the end of peach picking season, yet there was still a good amount in the orchards. We were able to pick some white and yellow peaches. There were about 2 long rows of each, and just like the apples, we had some as snacks.
Once we finished picking our own fruit, we walked into the country market and wanted even more fresh produce. Like many orchards in CT, Silverman’s Farm had a market with mouthwatering fresh items. They had donuts, cookies, ice cream, cider, apple pies and so much more. I only bought a quart of a local ice cream from the freezer, but plan to go back to try some more delicious looking food.
Things to Know Before You Go Apple Picking
1. It is pricey! Know ahead of time that you are paying for an experience. The fruit was delicious and obviously fresh, but it is not cheap to pick your own fruit.
2. Go early! If you are going on a weekend in late September or October, be prepared to be with hundreds of other people. If you want to avoid the crowds, arrive 15 minutes before it opens (hours are 9-5 on weekends).
Overall, we had a terrific time at Silverman’s Farm. I highly recommend the experience of picking your own fruit at a farm. When we lived in Florida, we went strawberry picking in the winter time, yet have never experienced the Fall classic tradition of apple picking. Although the price did surprise me, I felt the experience and fresh apples, peaches, and tomatoes were worth it!
If you are looking for more family experiences in Connecticut check out my other posts:
In late September and October, Silverman’s Farm has a beautiful pumpkin patch for you to take pictures in and bring one home to carve. We visited with our family and took some great Fall pictures.
Looking to travel around the Northeast during the winter? Check out this Guide to Winter in New England. It has great tips on where to stay, what to do and where to eat in many scenic towns.
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