We try to go apple picking several times each fall. I am a pushover for fresh apples, strolling through orchards, and can I say it? Hot apple fritters. Yes.
We’ve done our apple picking at Belltown Hill Orchards the past few years, after trying out several other orchards… mainly for the fritters, because all the fruit is very good in our area! Check out last year’s trip!
What to bring apple picking:
If you have a baby, definitely bring your baby carrier! You will likely have a hard time getting a stroller on and off the tractor (although I have seen people do it).
Don’t forget sunscreen because you are outdoors after all!
Bring a light sweater – in our area, fall is windy and you might have to wait for the tractor for a bit.
More than just apple picking:
Most orchards and pick-your-own farms I’ve been to always have additional attractions to enjoy once you’ve gotten your fruit.
At Belltown, you take a tractor ride out to the various picking spots, which is an added bonus. They provide big buckets for picking. Watch out though – those buckets can hold about thirty pounds of apples!
Apple picking generally runs from August through October, so if you’re in Connecticut, you still have some time. Different varieties will be out from week to week. Pears are sometimes out at the same time as apples too!
Pack a lunch! A large covered eating area is perfect for enjoying lunch from home … but be sure to get an order of apple fritters – they are just amazing!
After you pick and pay at Belltown Hill Orchards, kids can play on the painted structures and stick their faces through for photo opps.
Time to see how we’ve grown!
I managed to prop the baby up next to his brother for the annual height photo. Look at him this year! While it might be fun to visit different local spots, I like making sure we pay at least one visit here per year just so I can get a growth-chart photo!
FLASHBACK TIME: Check out the height photo from last year! The baby was only about two months old!