Down on the Farm Last Updated 3/16
Dozens of Connecticut farms are ready to host you and your family for an ever-increasing variety of outdoor activities. The kids can run off their energy in the fields, and you can bring home a bag full of goodies. What’s not to like? Below are a few examples of what you can find.
Jones Family Farms
For over 150 years, the Jones family has been working the land on Jones Family Farms in Shelton. It’s a place where you can pick your own produce, and the kids can take in a children’s farm education program while you sign up for a cooking class and even shop for a bottle or two of Jones Winery wine, named Best of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.
Cornfield mazes have become very popular in the last few years, and one of Connecticut’s best can be found at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. In fact, there’s very little that can’t be found at Lyman Orchards, from fields of pick-your-own produce to a full schedule of weekend activities to one of the great farm stores in the state.
If you’re angling closer to the Hartford area, get out to Flamig Farm in Simsbury, which bills itself as “New England’s Premier Agritainment Destination.” Flamig Farm has been around since 1907, and these days, it offers hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo and other family-friendly activities, including a unique overnight accommodation that will make your crew feel like a part of farm life.
Rose’s Berry Farm
Assuming you’d like to take a little something home from a Connecticut farm, why not get out to Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury? Opened in 1908, Rose’s is the largest blueberry farm in Connecticut, with over 40 acres of blueberry plants, and in fall you’ll find apples, pumpkins and maybe even some late-season raspberries to pick. If it’s a Sunday morning, you might want to plan your visit to Rose’s for a taste of its famous “Breakfast with a View.”