Lyman Orchards Named Among Top 10 Apple Picking Spots in the U.S.

Middlefield, CT — —Lyman Orchards, a family-owned popular destination for over 275 years, has been named among the Top 10 Apple Picking Spots in the U.S., according to Yelp.  Each year, Yelp publishes an all-time list of the Top 25 apple picking orchards across the country.  Apple picking is one of the many Pick-Your-Own fruits that Lyman Orchards offers from spring through fall.

Lyman Orchards has one of the largest apple orchards in Connecticut, with 30,000 trees among its 100 acres.  The farm grows 27 varieties of apples including New England favorites such as McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, and Honeycrisp varieties.  Apple season runs for 12 weeks from late August through mid November, overlapping with peach and pear season.  In addition to PYO fruits, Lyman Orchards offers activities for all ages, including a corn maze, haunted attraction, and three public golf courses.

"We're honored for the recognition," states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. "It's a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who strive to make our guests' experiences fun and memorable. We have a great Apple and Pumpkin crop this year, and an awesome Corn Maze, and invite all to come and enjoy."

About Lyman Orchards:
Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.

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Lyman Orchards to open Ben Franklin Corn Maze September 3

Middlefield, CT — —Lyman Orchards, a family-owned popular destination for over 275 years, has announced that September 3 is the opening day for its 2022 Ben Franklin Corn Maze. Fourth in a series of  "All American" History maze themes, this year’s Ben Franklin Corn Maze—situated on four sprawling acres—will spotlight American history and scientific discoveries. Particular emphasis will be on Ben Franklin and his revolutionary experiments with electricity. One dollar of each Corn Maze admission will be donated to support the American Cancer Society. Since 2000, the Lyman Orchards Corn Maze has raised nearly $700,000 for the organization. In addition, $.50 of each admission fee will be donated to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, which has received nearly $37,000 from the Lyman Orchards Corn Maze since 2020.

"We’re excited about our 23rd season—and about our continuing partnership with the American Cancer Society and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation," states Lyman Orchards’ Executive Vice President John Lyman. "This year our theme is part of our All-American History series. We think our guests will enjoy getting to know Ben Franklin, gaining an appreciation for his inventions and wisdom, and learning the critical role he played in the creation of our country. The whole family will enjoy this year’s Corn Maze." "Lyman Orchards has been a longtime partner of the American Cancer Society, helping to raise funds each year through their annual Corn Maze," said Alexis Maliga, Director of Development, American Cancer Society in Connecticut. "These critical funds help the American Cancer Society attack all cancers in countless ways-funding and conducting breakthrough research, providing education, advocating for cancer patients and their families, and providing essential services throughout their cancer journey. Lyman Orchards is an amazing community partner, and we are grateful for their dedication in the fight against cancer."

The Lyman Orchards 2022 Ben Franklin Corn Maze opens Saturday, September 3 at 9:00am with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Corn Maze will run through November 6. Hours are Monday–Friday, 1:00–5:30pm and weekends and holidays, 10:00am–5:30pm. The last Corn Maze entry for each day is 5:30pm.

The first 50 visitors who successfully navigate the Corn Maze on Opening Day will receive an official Lyman Orchards Kite and Skelton Key. In addition, visitors who find Corn Balls in the Corn Maze—bright yellow golf balls—in the maze will win prizes ranging from Apple Barrel Farm Market gift certificates to $100 cash. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 3 is part of Lyman Orchards Corn Maze Festival, which will feature many family-friendly activities, including Square Dancing demo and lessons, a Drumming Circle, horse-drawn hayrides and a Dutch Apple Pie jam-making demo.

About Lyman Orchards:
Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.

About the American Cancer Society:
With a presence in more than 5,000 communities, the American Cancer Society is structured to fight cancer on all fronts. Their regional and local offices mobilize communities in the cancer fight, delivering potentially lifesaving programs and services and raising crucial funds to support their mission. With the help of millions of supporters, they launch breakthrough research, create empowering resources for people to outsmart cancer, enable local communities to support those affected, and convene powerful activists to create awareness and impact. For more information, visit cancer.org.

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Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze Celebrates 10 Years of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Middlefield, CT — Lyman Orchards, a popular family-owned New England destination for over 280 years, announces that July 30 is the opening day for its 2022 Sunflower Maze. This year, 350,000 yellow, orange, and red blooming sunflowers are crafted into a design featuring Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood®, the beloved preschooler animated series produced by The Fred Rogers Company. According to CPTV, the series-which marks its tenth on-air anniversary this year-is one of the most-watched programs on PBS KIDS. The opening day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Sunflower Maze will feature daylong guest appearances by Daniel Tiger himself, as well as free cut sunflowers to the first 50 visitors! The Maze is scheduled to run from July 30 through August 28 and is open daily from 9am-4:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 4-12. Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge. One dollar of every admission goes to support Connecticut Children's, the only health system in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children.  Since 2007, Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze has raised over $162,000 to support patients and their families seen in Connecticut Children's Division of Hematology/Oncology. "We take special pride in our annual Maze-related campaign to collect donations that support the pioneering, life-changing work at Connecticut Children's" states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. "It's a great honor to be able to touch the lives of children battling cancer, and do so in a way that provides lots of playful fun for families visiting Lyman Orchards." "We are grateful for the support provided by Lyman Orchards," said David Kinahan, president of Connecticut Children's Foundation. "The longstanding partnership between Lyman Orchards and Connecticut Children's is critical in our ability to provide exceptional care to children battling cancer." Fun facts about Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze:

After enjoying the Maze, pick your own fruit, and then visit the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel Farm Market for a wide assortment of farm-fresh, ripe produce, as well as bakery items, cheeses and breads. For daily updates on the Maze, call our 24-hour hotline at 860-349-6015. Group pricing is available for companies or outings. Please contact bcritchley@lymanorchards.com for more information on group tickets.  For more information, visit lymanorchards.com. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD© 2012 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.

About Lyman Orchards:

Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com. About Connecticut Children's: Connecticut Children's is the only health system in Connecticut dedicated to children, providing more than 30 pediatric specialties. Kids and parents love our exceptional care offered at multiple locations in three states, and through Video Visit. Our experts and community leaders are committed to breakthrough research and innovative partnerships which have won us multiple awards. We are Magnet recognized, a designation only 7% of hospitals achieve, and U.S. News & World Report has named us a best children's hospital in the nation.  For more information, visit connecticutchildrens.org.

Lyman Orchards Donates $32,890 to American Cancer Society

Middlefield, CT — Lyman Orchards, a popular family-owned New England destination for over 280 years, is pleased to announce a recent $32,890 donation to the American Cancer Society using a portion of the proceeds from its 2021 Corn Maze.

The Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards is an annual event that attracts families across New England. This past year’s theme was 1970s rock 'n' roll—in which visitors’ progress through the maze was dependent on the accuracy of their music-trivia knowledge.

Since opening the first Corn Maze in 2000, Lyman Orchards has donated a portion of the admission fees every year to the American Cancer Society—reflecting a grand total of nearly $700,000.

“The American Cancer Society looks out for all of us in the fight against cancer,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “It’s a great honor to have a role in contributing to the Society’s innovative and pioneering research—and it’s no exaggeration to say that those efforts help save lives nationwide.”

“Lyman Orchards has been a longtime partner of the American Cancer Society, helping to raise funds each year through their annual Corn Maze,” states Alexis Maliga, Director of Development at the American Cancer Society of Connecticut. “These critical funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack all cancers in countless ways—funding and conducting breakthrough research, providing education and advocating for the needs of cancer patients and their families, and providing essential services throughout their cancer journey. We are grateful to have Lyman Orchards as an amazing community partner.”  

Lyman Orchards plays an active, ongoing role in supporting the local community and numerous charitable causes. For example, an additional $4,407 in proceeds from the 2021 Corn Maze was donated to charities that provided volunteers to serve as “Corn Cops” to help people navigate their way through the exhibit. These charities included Sheehan High School MPA ($1,625), Middlefield Lions Club ($2,119) and the Coginchaug Regional High School French Honor Society ($663).

Furthermore, Lyman Orchards donated 50¢ of every 2021 Corn Maze ticket sold to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, for a total of $16,445.

The 2022 Corn Maze will open September 3 and run daily through November 6. 

In the meantime, visit the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel Farm Market for a wide assortment of farm-fresh, ripe produce, as well as bakery items, cheeses and breads. And get ready for our latest fun-filled season of Pick Your Own Berries—with strawberry fields ripe for harvesting in June.

For more information, visit lymanorchards.com.

About Lyman Orchards:

Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship

golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. We invest in lifesaving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and work to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. For more information, visit cancer.org.

Lyman Orchards Donates $13,501 to Connecticut Children’s

Middlefield, CT — Lyman Orchards, a popular family-owned New England destination for over 280 years is pleased to announce a recent $13,501 donation to Connecticut Children’s using proceeds from its 2021 Sunflower Maze. Lyman donates one dollar from each Sunflower Maze admission to benefit patients at Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Over the past 15 years that Lyman has partnered with Connecticut Children’s, a total of $162,489 has been donated. The facility plays a leading role in helping wage the battle against pediatric cancer.

“One of the greatest joys we experience every year is making this donation to Connecticut Children’s,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “The facility’s medical professionals and staff work tirelessly in fighting this devastating illness. We are tremendously honored to play an ongoing role in helping support their relentless efforts.”

“The generosity from Lyman Orchards continues to be amazing,” states Michael Isakoff, MD, Division Chief, Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. “This past year has been unparalleled with the pandemic—and the support we receive from Lyman Orchards has been critical, so that we can continue to support our patients and families.” The theme of the 2021 Sunflower Maze was the PBS icon Arthur. ™

The 2022 Sunflower Maze will open on July 30 and run daily through August 28.

About Lyman Orchards:
Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.

About Connecticut Children’s:
Connecticut Children’s is the only health system in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties, along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators brings access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships. For more information, visit connecticutchildrens.org.

 

 

Lyman 1741 Hard Cider

Lyman Orchards, an independently-owned family destination for over 275 years, is pleased to announce that we will again be offering our 1741 Hard Apple Cider for on-site and home consumption. The beverage is available for purchase now at 1741 Pub and Grill located at Lyman Orchards Golf Club, as well as at an ever-growing list of local package stores and restaurants.

Lyman Orchards has partnered with a local manufacturer of Hard Cider, New England Cider Company, to make 1741 Hard Apple Cider. The full-bodied cider is gluten-free and unfiltered and contains no added sugar.

“This was a very popular beverage when we first introduced it several years ago,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “We hope this relaunch will delight old fans—and attract lots of new ones!”

Where Can I Purchase Lyman 1741 Hard Cider?

About Lyman Orchards:

Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.