The Blueberry Season is Here!

There IS a cure for the summertime blues, and it’s BLUEBERRY PICKING at the pick your own blueberry farm at Lyman Orchards. 

Blueberry picking in CT is typically available from July to mid-August, but always call the Lyman Orchards Pick Your Own Hotline at 860-349-6015 before heading out.  While there is plenty of elbow room amongst our rows and rows of blueberry bushes, crowds are generally lightest Monday-Friday (including those not-quite-perfect summer weather days too!)  You can find our 2021 Pick Your Own procedures here

Consider just some of the advantages of picking your own blueberries at Lyman Orchards: 

And while you may come blueberry picking for the taste, everyone should stay for their health.  Blueberries have earned their place on a list of superfoods, and as far as we can tell, there are no blueberries in Boo Berry “blueberry flavored” cereal, so you’re best served eating real blueberries.  Here are just some of the proven health benefits blueberries can provide:

Speaking of anthocyanins, we do advise against wearing your best white clothes to the fields – consider yourself warned.  But while those antioxidant-boosting anthocyanins leave their mark, rest assured that no matter how many blueberries you eat, you will not turn into a blueberry like Violet Beauregarde in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Unlike eating a bunch of carrots which can give you a bit of an orange-yellow skin tone, the anthocyanin in blueberries is not fat-soluble and will not reside in the fat under your skin.  While eating blueberries won’t transform you into a beautiful shade of blue, it is possible to harness the color of the blueberry into a homemade dye for tie-dye T-shirts, cloth napkins, etc. 

Getting past the fact that blueberries let us eat our most popular favorite color, blueberries are a versatile fruit that, in addition to being delicious just eaten on their own, can also be incorporated into an endless number of yummy recipes.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

We look forward to being part of your PYO blueberry adventure, and we thank you for your patronage!  Lyman Orchards is a pick your own “agritainment farm” in CT with hundreds of acres dedicated to picking your own farming, golfing, dining, entertainment, and retail.  So after you’ve “found your thrill on Blueberry Hill” by picking your own blueberries, we invite you to dine at the 1741 Pub & Grill or grab a sandwich or an ice cream at the Apple Barrel Farm Market.  Also, remember Lyman Orchards Golf for your golf day and lessons.  There’s something fun for everyone happening at Lyman Orchards - be sure to check out our Events regularly so you don’t miss out!  

Pick Your own Farm for Raspberries in CT

If you’re feeling sad about the strawberry picking season coming to an end, then Lyman Orchards has the cure for you:  add RASPBERRY PICKING to your PYO (pick your own) resume.  The raspberry picking season is short though, so hurry!  While raspberries are generally available in CT from early July to mid-August, always remember to call the 24-Hour Hotline for up-to-the-minute crop and field conditions and available varieties: 860-349-6015

First, a little history:

For 275 years, the Lyman family has been stewards of the land now known as Lyman Orchards, making it the 12th oldest family-owned business in the United States!  Pick-your-own (“PYO”) became a part of Lyman Orchards history when the farm opened to consumers in the 1960’s to become a pick your own fruit farm in CT, allowing everyone to become a “farmer for the day” and reap the rewards of the harvest season.

The raspberry plants at Lyman Orchards cover many acres of the scenic farm and offer spectacular views for its pickers.  Take a gander at these fabulous rows of raspberry plants!   

Raspberries:  the Delicate Delicacy   

After snacking (if you actually have any left) here are some ideas to use your leftover raspberries:

Last but not least, totally irrelevant but fun raspberry trivia:

We know you’ll agree that fresh picked raspberries are THE BEST raspberries – come to Lyman Orchards before they’re gone!

P.s.  Why not make a day of it?  Pick your raspberries after a round of golf at Lyman Golf.  Then visit the 1741 Pub and Grill at the Lyman Golf Clubhouse for a meal and the Apple Barrel Farm Market for an ice cream before you leave.  Check out our Events page to see what else is happening at Lyman Orchards.  And since your freshly picked raspberries will only last a few days, we invite you to come back for more while they’re still available!

Berry Good Tips for Visiting the Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm

Days are getting longer, skies are warming, and summertime is so close we can almost taste the memory of a freshly picked strawberry.  Ahhhhh…  We are so fortunate to have berry picking in CT.  It is seriously one of the best times of year for pick your own farms, so do not let the opportunity to pick your own strawberries pass you by!   

But before you jump in the car:

At the Fields:  

Before or after picking, take time to enjoy the rest of the Lyman Orchards property:

At home:

Thank-you for choosing Lyman Orchards for your memory-making pick your own strawberries trip.  We can’t wait to see you!

P.s.  The picking fun continues with jostaberries, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches, so plan to visit us all summer long.  Lyman Orchards is also home to the spectacular Sunflower Maze in August – you won’t want to miss it!