In searching for a new pick your own farm this summer I stumbled upon March Farm located in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Boy am I glad that I did. It has become one of my favorites. Their pick your own fruit starts with the new crops in the late spring and early summer; delicious strawberries and blueberries. As you get closer to the fall they have the best large, fresh peaches and rounding out the fall season is pick your own apples. Not only are the fruit delicious but the overall atmosphere and options of what to do make for a great day out.
March Farm is celebrating 100 years of service and has been voted winners of the 2015 Best of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine. As you enter the farm free parking is located to the left of their market and bakery shop. Enter the market to purchase your bags for pick your own. One section of apple picking is closest the this parking lot, whereas the strawberries and blueberries grow on the right side near the playground. The farthest walk, but definitely worth it, are the peaches at the top of the hill. Other apple varieties and the pumpkin patch is also at the top of the hill. The amount of land they use for crops is larger than it initially appears. After taking the hayride this fall you get a hilltop view of their property.
The autumn season is a popular time for pumpkin picking, hayrides, and apple cider donuts. March Farm has all of that and more. There is still time to enjoy the outdoors before the cooler temperatures. On weekends through October March Farm’s popular attractions include apple and pumpkin picking, $2 hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays, horse rides at about $7 per ride, a corn maze, and local vendors selling kettle corn and fried dough. There is a cute setup of tables and makeshift chairs out of piles of hay near the vendors. Free bus transportation is provided to bring you from the bottom area to the top of the hill, which is where the corn maze, hayrides, horse rides, pumpkins, and some apple trees are located. There is also a large free parking area at the hilltop.
Children love coming to March Farm, no matter what time of year. Two areas that attract visitors are their free playground and the animals. The playground has a pavilion with picnic tables for taking a break or eating a snack. There is a playscape with slides, play houses, sand pit, and hay stacks all surrounded by a “track” to ride bikes. Bikes and sand toys have been purchased or donated and are free for visitors to use. The space tends to be clean, with March Farm providing trash bins, a place to wash your hands, and porta potty. Across the street near the pond are the goats and sheep. During the fall months this year the farm has made a tractor out of hay for kids to enjoy.
If you are not up to picking your own fruit stop by the market and bakery to bring some fresh fruit, vegetables, pies, donuts, apple cider, and local made honey. The market is small but offers a variety and they accept credit card payments. March Farm is located at 160 Munger Lane in Bethlehem, CT. For more information visit their website or call them at (203) 266-7721.