Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Erica M. Stevens, Arts and Entertainment Editor
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September has officially changed its brilliant colors into October, marking the beginning of the harvest season.
The farmers who planted countless seeds in June are now seeing the fruits of their labor in the faces of excited individuals searching for the perfect pumpkin to adorn their doorstep.
Those excited individuals in Connecticut need to look no further than Bethel, home of the beloved Blue Jay Orchards.
“We are a picturesque 120 acres founded in 1934 by Robert Josephy. A graphic artist by trade, he purchased many of the surrounding small farms and created the 120 acres we have today,” said Blue Jay. “In 1985, the orchards were purchased by Paul Patterson and his family, and were transformed from a wholesale and processing orchard into a pick-your-own farm and agritourism location.”
Today, Blue Jay offers pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, twenty minute wagon rides through the orchards, and breath-taking scenery.
Browse the market for honey collected from the on-site hives, delicious pies and pastries, crafts, and indulge their famous, mouth-watering homemade cider and donuts.
The farm has transformed from a small, commercial location into a place that families can spend a day looking at great fall foliage and enjoy creating lifetime memories.
Blue Jay is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information call 203-748-0119 or visit www.bluejayorchardsct.com.