Less than 3 miles from our warehouse is a fall favorite for many along the shoreline, Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford. While the Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market is open year round and they have various Pick Your Own fruits from June until the end of October, fall is when the crowds really flock to Bishop’s.
Bishop’s Orchard boasts 110 acres of apple trees growing many types of apples including McIntosh, Macoun, Empire, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Cortland to name a few. Weather permitting they have at least one of their orchards open seven days a week for picking. During the week the Pick Your Own usually happens at the orchard that overlooks the Farm Market. On weekends the picking heads north to New England Road.
Depending on the time of year the orchards on New England Road include pears, blueberries, peaches, and of course more apples. The New England Road location is also home to the ever popular Corn Maze and wagon rides on the weekend. They are also known for hosting Make Your Own Scarecrows and face painting. If you’re lucky you may catch a celebrity there as Yankee’s ace Mariano Rivera has been known to take his family apple picking at the orchard.
If you can’t make it on the weekend, don’t fret, you can still take on a maze. Back at the Farm Market is the Hay Pyramid and Hay Maze to play around in. These are open 7 days a week weather permitting throughout the fall. They are located right next to the pumpkin patch.
While visiting the orchard don’t forget to also pick up some apple cider and apple cider donuts. Why stop there? Bishop’s Orchard also makes some truly delicious bake goods with a fall flair. The Farm Market is also home to their winery which is a stop on the Connecticut Wine Trail. Make it an afternoon or a full day, Bishop’s Orchard has plenty to make you really appreciate fall in New England.