There's nothing quite like taking the family and retreating to a local farm on a fall afternoon. Freshly-pressed cider, a warm cider donut, the carving of a jack-o-lantern all contribute to each year's autumn memories, but there's also plenty of fun to be had outdoors.
It's apple-picking season, and Connecticut is flush with orchards and farms with trees begging to be picked so they can contribute to your pies, homemade ciders and daily efforts to keep the doctor away.
At Blue Hills Orchard, 141 Blue Hills Road, Wallingford, the farm store is now selling Macoun and Empire apples, which are great for eating and apple sauce. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
The following farms and orchards in Fairfield and New Haven Counties provide pick-your-own apples, according to PickYourOwn.org:
Blue Jay Orchards
High Hill Orchard