When my kids were growing up, each one of them would remind Mindy and I, as the end of September got closer, that it was time to go, "apple pickin.'" Even though they are all grown up,(36, 31, and 25) they still have fond memories of those days. Now that I think about it, maybe they were more fixated on those delicious homemade "apple cider donuts" at Blue Jay Orchards. Here's a list of locations for picking your own apples.

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    Blue Jay Orchards(125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel)

    Blue Jay was our choice for family apple picking back in the day. They're open 7 days of week until Thanksgiving from 10am till 5pm. Pumpkins start the last weekend of September and run through the month of October. Blue Jay also features hayrides to the pumpkin patch on weekends only.

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    Silverman's Farm(451 Sport Hill Rd - Easton)

    Silvermans is opened all your round, where you can pick, depending on the season, apples, peaches, blueberries, and rasberries. They also feature a petting zoo, refreshment stand, a gift shop, and they offer tours.

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    Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm(461 Cornwall Bridge Rd - Sharon CT)

    Talk about your beautiful drive up through the northern hills of western Connecticut! The Ellsworth Hill Orchard features homemade cider made on the premises and they've got it all from apples to pumpkins and rasberries to pears. They also have an outdoor farm market, scenic hayrides, and they're open 7 days a week.

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    Jones Family Farms(266 Israel Hill Rd. - Shelton)

    Jones Family Farm has been a 400 acre working farm since 1848 and features strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and Christmas trees for your picking pleasure.

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    March Farm(160 Munger Lane - Bethlehem CT)

    At March Farm in Bethlehem you can pick your own apples, buy a tasty homemade treat, take home some fresh vegetables, or even plan a birthday party for kids or adults. They also have a pondside animal yard and they're open from 10am to 6pm daily.

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