Outdoor activities such as camping and picking fruit help us to understand the unique challenges faced by our pioneer ancestors, such as having to walk a block to use the bathrooms and the difficulty of connecting to a wireless network in rural areas. Become one with the struggles that made America with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pick your own fruit at Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme.
Scott’s Yankee Farmer fills more than 100 acres with naturally occurring pie fillings. In June, fruit enthusiasts can don floppy straw hats and fill buckets with strawberries ($2.75/lb.) and dream of shortcake or wait on July’s blueberry crop ($2.59/lb.), whose antioxidant powers give mass-quantity consumers the abilities of the star-kissed Invincible Mario. Strudel-seeking raspberries ($3.75/pint; $5.50/quart) are generally available for plucking from July–September, and peaches ($1.29/lb.) can be broken from their stalks and juggled starting in August.
Scott’s Yankee Farmer participates in University of Connecticut’s Integrated Pest Management system, which helps keep pesticide use to a minimum. Fruit foragers can pick strawberries until noon and other favorites until 4 p.m. seven days a week, but are asked to leave pets at home, due to their lack of opposable thumbs.
Scott's Yankee Farmer
Founded by Wainwright and Audrey Scott in the 1960s and now owned and operated by Tom & Karen Scott, Scott's Yankee Farmer is a 125-acre parcel of earth that helps visitors appreciate the natural world and its seasons. In the spring, the Scotts invite guests to purchase plants for their homes and gardens. As the weather warms, peaches, corn, tomatoes, and other vine- and stalk-fresh goodies become available for sale. Then, in summer and autumn, visitors pick from the farm's berry bushes, apple trees, pumpkin vines, and cocoa hot springs to pick snacks themselves. The Scotts also offer a CSA program and maintain a roadside stand.
But with these pick-your-own opportunities—and especially with fall's annual addition of a corn maze—many customers opt to visit in person. Scott’s Yankee Farmer offers wholesomeness on a molecular level, too—it participates in University of Connecticut’s Integrated Pest Management system, which helps keep pesticide use to a minimum.
436 Boston Post Rd.
East Lyme, Connecticut 06333Get Directions