Pick Your Own — Rhode Island, Mass, Connecticut, New York
Looking for U-Pick or Pick-Your-Own farms anywhere in Southern New England...this Labor Day we've decided to put our own farm-to-table dinner together. We're willing to REALLY make a day of the preparations, so driving a-ways to get to a great farm is worth the trip.
Personally, I prefer a farm with more variety so I can make a well-rounded meal, but bonus points for cool factor...100 varieties of tomatoes...beehives/honey...fresh eggs...some type of edible flower herb recently thought to have been extinct...you know the drill.
Hopefully I'm not duplicating a thread that has already been discussed, I searched and came up empty. My hope is this can be one of those mega-thread databases of Chow knowledge. But, if one already exists, thanks for your patience and posting the link!
I've been going to Lyman's since my Kindergarten field trip, and used to do my grocery shopping there when I lived in Durham. I believe it's billed as the oldest, continuously operated family farm in CT.
However, they have limited pick your own, right now I thinknthey have 3 kinds of fruit available to pick. The bakery is great, I would question if all the produce came from their property.
Be aware it is a major touristy thing, especially on a holiday weekend. Go early if you can.
In my neck of the woods just off of Route 2 around Glastonbury, Connecticut there are a couple of options:
Rose's Berry Farm (more limited selection):
Thanks for the suggestions! I wanted to throw two Rhode Island spots that I've been to a couple times, Schartner Farms and Sweet Berry Farms. Both have solid markets and enough pick your own to keep you busy for an hour or two. I wouldn't say either are particularly remarkable, but both are good for a stop-by.