What's Growing On at Easy Pickin's Orchard?

*UPDATE* 12/15/20:  winter season goings-on ... 

* Pick-your-own, CSA & summer-farmers'-markets for 2020 are now just a memory --

  we hope you got a chance to come out this year,  and we thank everyone who showed up

  to show us some love & support for local farming & food !  

  It was an interesting & challenging year, both for weather & "wellness," but we made it,

  and you-all are the reason !

  

* RIGHT NOW: We have autumn fruit & veggies stored in our coolers & cold cellar, 

   and we're starting to pick winter veggies -- mostly greens -- in our high-tunnel greenhouses.

 

* Where are we selling ?   

Mostly from the farm house (see details on our SHOP page),

but we also go to the Ellington Winter Farmers' Market (see details below). 

   

* What can you get from us right now ??  

FRUIT:   

APPLES: first-quality by the pound, Jonagold, Mutsu, Honeycrisp

  KITCHEN GRADE we have from time to time for baking, canning, sauce-ing  ... email us to inquire.

  

VEGGIES:   

* winter squash (acorn, butternut, kabocha) & sugar baking pumpkins;

    sweet potatoes & extra-ordinary spuds (a few varieties) 

* carrots, beets, radishes (watermelon & daikon), rutabaga, kohlrabi

European cabbages: green, red, & purple Savoy

leeks, shallots, celeriac 

 

This year, in the time of COVID-19, we're working to make sure you can enjoy our fresh produce safely;
we'll post a few rules you need to know if you're planning to come see us at the farm.

Check Us Out at These Farmers' Markets !

Suffield Farmers' Market:  ** done for the season **

Saturdays: 9am - 12noon - June 20 thru Columbus Day Weekend

Suffield Town Green - Corner of South Main & Mountain Road 

WIC Certified
Click here for more info on the Suffield Farmers' Market.

Coventry Farmers' Market: ** done for the season **
Sundays: June 7 through October 25 -

pre-orders & pick-up by appointment    
Nathan Hale Homestead - 2299 South Street, Coventry 

Click on this link for the Coventry Farmers' Market website.
 

Ellington Winter Farmers' Market:

Saturdays, 9am - 11am  

Remaining dates: 12/19, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20  

Ellington High School, 37 Maple Street (Route 140)

Click here for more information on the Ellington Farmers' Market.

  

For More Information:

Links to more info on these & other local farmers' markets:  
CT Dept. of Agriculture: About Farmers' Markets 
CT Dept. of Agriculture: Listing of Farmers' Markets 
CT Grown (UConn Extension's "Farm to Community" program)

   & see more about CT's "Locally Grown & Produced" items here !

When you come to Easy Pickin's Orchard, PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Cash or check preferred:  at the farm *&* farm markets, especially for smaller purchases.  But YES, we can accept credit & debit cards.

  • No pets please in our food growing & production areas -- state regulations.

  • Please use our wagons for produce only -- they are not safe for children. If you bring small children, we welcome you to bring your own strollers or wagons to take them out picking with you.

  • We live on a QUIET, RESIDENTIAL STREET; our neighbors have kids & dogs; so do we. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY & with CAUTION - 25mph or less.  We appreciate it!

Keeping Us All Safe & Healthy at Easy Pickin’s:

Pick-Your-Own & Farm Stand Rules

 

KEEP IT CLEAN:  Stop the Spread of Germs !

* We’re being careful to keep things clean & sanitized; help us by doing your part.    

* Wash your hands BEFORE you start picking & shopping here; the sink next to the Port-a-Pot, with soap & paper towels, is for you to use.

* Don’t leave trash/litter in the field or parking lot, or at the stand.  Show a little love & respect: use our trash cans, or take your trash home.         

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING:

Give EVERYONE Plenty of Space – at least 6’ !

* At the STAND, the signs & cones will help you keep your distance from others.  Families checking out should have ONE person stand in line while the rest move away from the stand to reduce crowding.

* While you are PICKING or anywhere in the field / orchard, give OTHER folks plenty of room.  And keep your group together, especially kids; make sure your kids don’t wander close to other folks.           

 

WEAR A MASK:  So We Can All Breathe Easier ! 

* At the stand, and whenever you are within 6’ (SIX FEET) of other people, you MUST wear a mask that covers your mouth & nose.  This applies everywhere on the farm. We will do the same for you ! 

 

CONTAINERS: For Your Picking & Purchases

* You may bring your OWN bags, boxes, & other containers from home for your picking & purchases, as long as they are CLEAN; we also have bags & boxes for your use.