I’m going to bow to the demands of guests and confirm, there are a lot of opportunities for nearby apple picking.
I admit I’ve done it more than a few times, and visiting any number of apple orchards is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in Connecticut in the Fall.
For our favorite places for apple picking in CT as well as other things to do in Connecticut and nearby, be sure to download a free copy of our free Connecticut Travel Guide.
Anyway, some good apple orchards in Connecticut as well as near Stanton House Inn include:
Orchards for Apple Picking in Connecticut
I must warn you, however, that like Connecticut maple syrup tapping, many Connecticut orchards are a bit of a drive from Greenwich. Most of the land down this way has been turned into expensive Greenwich mansions, so you need to drive a ways from our environs.
But the farther you go from the City, the less crowded the farms become. It’s great for the farmers to have their apple orchards overflowing with people, but not so good for the visitors who start to feel like apple-munching sardines. Or maybe cattle.
But most people pick in September and October. August is a little too early, while November can be too cold. Plus, there won’t be many apples left by then, if any.
Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard
Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton Connecticut is about an hour’s drive away, but has a wide array of apples to choose, extending the apple-picking season from September 14th (when they open for pickers) until the apples run-out, usually late October, early November. For those wishing to avoid rainy weather (or don’t want to be bothered to pick the stuff), they also have a cider mill open until December 24th where visitors can watch apples get pressed into cider and buy lots of apple-related and other local products including farm-backed products, apple cider donuts, maple syrup, local honey, fruit butter, jams, and jellies. Call ahead to find-out what varieties are ready to picked at 203-926-1098.
Silverman’s Farm is located in Easton Connecticut and is about a 45 minute drive from the Stanton House Inn. This farm features a gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, petting zoo, farm animals, and sometimes hayrides in addition to apple-picking in September. Call ahead to find-out what they’re offering on any given day at 203-261-3306.
In other seasons, Silverman’s Farm offers pick your own: peaches, blueberries, raspberries, even vegetables.
Apple Picking Orchards in Westchester County, NY
While obviously not in Connecticut, there are several apple orchards over in Westchester County that are just as close if not closer than some of the Connecticut apple orchards. In relation to Greenwich, anyway.
Upper Westchester County still has some large rural patches that are gorgeous to bike or drive through, especially in the fall.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
Over in Westchester County, New York is Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard in North Salem. This farm offers a wide variety of seasonal and locally-grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, turkeys, and apple cider from their own mill. Visit any weekend between Labor Day and Halloween to take advantage of their gift shop, concessions and refreshment stand, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo with farm animals, and even a Bounce house for the kids! As they’re on this list, they obviously offer apple-picking in September and October. Call ahead to find-out what’s available at one of best options for apple picking near NY at 914-485-1210.
Outhouse Orchards in North Salem, NY is also worth a visit, as it’s another pick your own farm. It also offers a pumpkin patch and corn maze while you’re there.
I’ve personally been to Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard, and got good reviews last fall from guests who visited Silverman’s Farms. While I’ve never been to Harvest Moon Farm, North Salem’s a beautiful area and probably a bit less-crowded due to its relative inaccessibility to apple-pickers from more urban areas of the region. But any of these four are great choices among the apple orchards near NYC.
Speaking of which, all of this is only about an hour drive or train ride away from New York City to Greenwich, CT.
If you’re not feeling picking your own apples but want some fresh ones and other fresh produce, you can also hit up the Greenwich Farmers Market.