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Pick Your Own Pear Orchards

Lyman Orchards Pick Your Own Pear Orchards are officially open! Our Pick Your Own Pear trees are nestled on 200 acres of  Pick Your Own fruit orchards and fields overlooking the scenic Connecticut River Valley.  We have one of the largest pear orchards in Connecticut. It's no wonder why Lyman Orchards was voted Connecticut's Best Pick Your Own Farm!

Pears are one of the world's oldest cultivated and most beloved fruits. In The Odyssey, the Greek poet laureate Homer lauds pears as a "gift of the gods”. Early colonists brought the first pear trees to America's eastern settlements. Pears rank second to the apple as the most popular fruit. They can be eaten and used in the same way as the apple. Softer in texture than the apple, its unique shape reflects its luscious nature. 

Pick Your Own Pears

If you're looking for a fun way to spend a day in Connecticut, a visit to Lyman Orchards PYO Pear Orchards is the perfect destination for a wholesome, fun, family-friendly getaway! And because we grow so many varieties of fruits, it's worth the trip! The Pear season lasts for 6 weeks (mid August-late September) and traditionally overlaps the Peach season (mid July-Late September) and the Apple Season (mid August - mid November).

For the best PYO pears experience, be sure to check our daily updates, and read our pick your own tips


Pear Varieties

Lyman Orchards has 900 pear trees spread over 8.5 acres. We grow multiple varieties of pears.  Some of our early season pears include Clapp's Favorite, Green Bartlett, and Red Bartlett. Other varieties include Bosc and Magness.  We also grow specialty Asian Pears for picking including 20th Century, Shinseiki, Hosui, and Niitaka.

Pear picking is a great family friendly activity!

Pears are Nutrient-Rich

Below are some of the health benefits pears provide.

  • Rich in fiber
  • Good Source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K
  • Excellent source of Antioxidants
  • Rich Source of minerals such as Copper and Potassium

There are so many tasty ways to include these nutritious fruits into your breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!

Spend a morning or afternoon pear picking at Connecticut’s Sweet Spot®, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT

While pear picking season is generally considered to be in the fall, each variety essentially has its own little “mini-season.”  So keep checking the Pick Your Own hotline 860-349-6015 for updated “what’s picking” news and don’t miss out on trying each variety – you may just discover some new favorites! 

Season

Mid August - Late September

Choosing

Pears do not ripen well on trees. They are harvested when they are mature but unripe and need to be ripened after harvest. Bartlett pears change from green to yellow as they ripen. Non-Bartlett pears (Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Seckel and Forelle) do not dramatically change color as they ripen. Because pears ripen from the inside out, the best way to check for ripeness is to "check the neck.” Gently press near the stem with your thumb. When it gives to gentle pressure it is ripe, juicy, and ready to eat. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, it will be overripe.

Ripening

Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so leave them on the kitchen counter or dining room table to enjoy their beauty as they ripen. Placing pears in a paper bag will help them ripen faster. Be sure to check daily so they don't get overripe. Add apples or bananas to speed up the process. All ripening fruit give off ethylene, so more ethylene in the air around the pear will help speed ripening.

Storing

Choosing Pears do not ripen well on trees. They are harvested when they are mature but unripe and need to be ripened after harvest. Bartlett pears change from green to yellow as they ripen. Non-Bartlett pears (Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Seckel and Forelle) do not dramatically change color as they ripen. Because pears ripen from the inside out, the best way to check for ripeness is to "check the neck.” Gently press near the stem with your thumb. When it gives to gentle pressure it is ripe, juicy, and ready to eat. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, it will be overripe. Ripening Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so leave them on the kitchen counter or dining room table to enjoy their beauty as they ripen. Placing pears in a paper bag will help them ripen faster. Be sure to check daily so they don't get overripe. Add apples or bananas to speed up the process. All ripening fruit give off ethylene, so more ethylene in the air around the pear will help speed ripening. Storing Ripened pears can be utilized right away or refrigerated to slow further ripening. As they ripen, pears can be arranged in a fruit bowl for display.

Freezing

We don't recommend freezing fresh pears that have not been processed. The juice and fibers will separate in the thawing process, and the results are not at all desired. However, freezing a cooked or processed pear (such as pear sauce) to which sugar has been added will work. Pear pie fillings can also be pre-baked and frozen. Make sure the pears are in a tightly sealed container prior to freezing to help reduce freezer burn and the growth of microorganisms. Wash and peel pears. Cut in halves and remove cores. Slice, if desired. To prevent discoloration, keep pears in an ascorbic acid solution (a solution of 3 grams (3,000 milligrams) ascorbic acid to 1 gallon of cold water). Prepare a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack pears in apple juice, white grape juice, or water.

Tips

1. Leave firm, unripe pears at room temperature to ripen. 2. Check the neck for ripeness daily, by applying gentle pressure to the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, then it’s ripe and ready to eat! 3. Once the pear is ripe, it can be refrigerated to slow the ripening process and saved for use up to five days later.

Recipes & Blogs

Sweet Pear Fritters

Ingredients: 2 diced bartlett pears 1/2 cup brown sugar 1tsp cinnamon ⅛ tsp nutmeg 2 eggs 2 cups All Purpose Flour ½  tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla extract ¾ cup milk 2 tbsp Melted butter 2 tsp baking powder   Directions: Combine the milk eggs and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk until […]

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Lyman’s Stuffed Pears

Ingredients: 4 bosc Pears (core out the center) 1 cup Blue cheese (crumbled) 1 cup sliced almonds ¼ cup fine chopped vidalia onion 3 garlic cloves minced 1 tsp worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp fresh chopped sage       Directions: Preheat the oven to 375f.  Place the pears standing upright in a greased muffin pan.  […]

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