Lyman Orchards – Fall Fun in Connecticut
Corn maze. Fresh apple cider. Pumpkin picking. Let’s go!
Fall is my favorite season. I love watching mottled leaves burst into a kaleidoscope of colors – not to mention eating old-fashioned kettle corn and apple cider donuts!
We savored all this and more on a recent day trip to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut. Like its name suggests, Middlefield is indeed located just about in the “middle” of Conn. My husband and I, along with our two friends, packed into a rental car to drive the 2.5 hours to visit our mutual friend J, who resides in the area. The plan was to catch up for dinner at her home.
Upon arrival at the orchard, we made a beeline to the corn maze, choosing the Halloween-themed trivia maze. Other options were Beatles Mania, Sports, and an easier Children’s version.
Did You Know…
In 1969, a very frustrated Ringo Starr left the group during the “White Album” sessions. In his absence, John, Paul, and George took turns on the drums for some of the song tracks.
We wandered around, happily “lost” in a giant field of corn stalks that loomed over our heads.
Signs warned visitors not to pick the corn from the corn maze.
Somehow we made it to post marker #2. In all, the corn maze has 10 numbered posts that coordinate with the trivia questions and track your progress.
After running into some dead ends and taking in the sweeping view of the corn fields from atop a wooden bridge, we moved on to the next attraction: the Apple Barrel.
The Apple Barrel is Lyman Orchards’ food market. We loaded up on three types of same-day-baked apple cider donuts: original, cinnamon and glazed. My favorite was the classic original, though my friends praised the cinnamon, which was drenched in sugar crystals. Collectively, we also purchased apple cider (made on-site), kettle corn (it was poppin’ – literally!), and apple pie for our friend J.
Lyman Orchards boasts nearly 100 types of seasonal ready-to-pick fruit, plus three golf courses, a corn maze and baked goods galore! Since it was the tail end of October, only apples and pumpkins were left for picking.
We scoped out the pumpkin fields and were amazed at how many fine-looking specimens were still waiting to be sold.
Some appeared gutted, and reminded me of spilt innards. Yay, smashing pumpkins!
Although we didn’t end up taking any pumpkins home, J treated us to a beautiful spread of homemade Korean food for dinner. Pork belly lettuce wraps and ban chan appetizers – what a great way to end the fall activities! Thank you J!
32 Reeds Gap Rd
Middlefield, CT 06455