Holmberg Orchards is a fourth-generation family run farm located in the picturesque hills of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, located just minutes from Mystic, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The orchards and wine tasting room are open seasonally to the public. The Farm Market is freshly stocked year-round with fruits and vegetables, homemade baked good and tempting specialty foods. Come discover why Holmberg Orchards is a great day-trip destination for couples and families.
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
We stock over 20 varieties of #holmgrown apples at the height of the harvest, and many varieties are available well into the spring. Other seasons offer fresh berries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, and so much more. Fresh vegetables are picked daily and piled high in a colorful array of summer’s bounty. During the winter months, we work with local distributors to continue bringing you the freshest produce to your table.
As soon as you step in the door, you are greeted with the enticing aroma of our bakery department. Baked fresh daily: pies, cookies, muffins, turnovers, breads, quiche, pot pies, and of course, our famous Holmberg Apple Crisp. Our bakers also have prepackaged prepared fresh salads and artisan sandwiches for your meals on the go.
LOCAL & SPECIALTY FOODS
This is one-stop shopping for the gourmet palate. Our offerings include pastas, sauces, jams, soups, baking mixes, crackers, cheeses, chocolates, coffees and teas. Our new frozen section abounds with gelato, bacon, sausages, ravioli, burgers and more.
We are more than just fruit; we now make soy wax candles on the farm too. Did you know that soy burns cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin? Our most notable scent is Holmberg's Mulled Cider, but there is a wide variety of fragrances to tempt your nose.
OUT IN THE GREENHOUSE
Springtime comes and we load the greenhouse up with hanging baskets designed and grown on the farm. By early fall, it is stocked with hay bales, pumpkins, gourds and colorful mums. You will also find indoor/outdoor seating tucked into this cozy corner of our property.
OUR OWN WINES & HARD CIDERS
We produce effervescent hard ciders and award-winning wines right here on the orchard. Wine sales hours are: Mon-Sat 10-6. Sundays 11-6. We are also a member of The Connecticut Wine Trail.
ONLINE PIE ORDERS
Pre-order your pies by calling the Farm Market at (860) 464-7305 or click the link below to order from our online store.
Our pie menu:
|Apple Caramel Nut||Apple Raspberry|
|Lemon Meringue||No Sugar Added Apple (Made with Splenda)|
We generally have a selection of pies available for walk-ins as well, but the variety changes often throughout the day. To guarantee your favorite pies, please place an order in advance.
HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER FOR PIES?
Call the farm market at (860) 464-7305. We kindly request 24 hour notice for all bakery orders.
IS THE STORE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
CAN I BRING IN A DOG IF HE'S IN MY PURSE OR HYPOALLERGENIC?
The health codes are extremely strict because we make and carry food products. Absolutely no dogs are allowed in the store unless clearly marked as an official Guide Dog.
WHEN DO YOU CLOSE FOR THE SEASON?
The Farm Market is open year-round
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes, we accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express, as well as cash
CAN I ORDER BAKED GOODS IN ADVANCE?
Absolutely! We accept orders with 24 hours advance notice; otherwise our products are first come, first served. To place an order, call the farmstand at (860) 464-7305 during regular business hours.
DO YOU MAKE FRUIT BASKETS?
Yes. We offer 4 different baskets, ranging from $19.95 to $49.95. Any basket can be customized to your specific needs. We can also make non-perishable gift baskets. Sorry, we do not deliver. Call the farmstand to place an order.
DO YOU SHIP FRUIT?
We do not ship, but we do offer boxes that are designed with foam inserts specifically for shipping apples. Boxes are $6 each and will hold 12 apples (not included). We always recommend shipping Priority Mail (USPS) or a 2-3 day service from other carriers. We can also recommend other Connecticut orchards that do ship fruit out of state.
DO YOU GROW ALL THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AT THE FARM?
Seasonally, we do grow most of our produce, but our inventory of certain items is supplemented by a distributor in Hartford and several local farms also known for their high quality and sound environmental practices.
PICK YOUR OWN
SEE YOU FOR RASPBERRIES IN JUNE 2020
Closed for the winter
Regular Price: $2.35/lb
Member Price: $2.00/lb
WEEKEND TRACTOR RIDES
9:00am – 6:00pm
CIDER DONUTS, HOT SPICED CIDER & CIDER SLUSHIES
9:00am – 6:00pm
10:00am – 5:00pm
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Food safety is important at the farm. Visitors will find a clean and sanitary environment. Modern restrooms and hand washing stations are available during fruit picking. If you need more information about our food safety program, please contact an employee upon arrival at the farm.
JOIN OUR BUCKET CLUB AND SAVE ALL SEASON
HOW IT WORKS
- Buckets can be used for any PYO tree-fruits: apples, peaches, pears and nectarines.
- If it fits in the bucket, the discount applies!
- Bucket (with 2019 tag) must be present
2019 Membership Prices
- Initial bucket Purchase (with membership tag) $12
- 2019 Membership Renewal Only $5
- Peaches & Nectarines 2.75/lb – Member Price: 2.25/lb
- Apples & Pears 2.35/lb – Member Price: 2.10/lb
- Makes a great re-usable shopping “bag” at our Farm Market too!
IS THERE BIRTHDAY PARTY OR EVENT SPACE AVAILABLE?
We do not currently allow private parties at the farm.
WHEN IS THE ORCHARD OPEN FOR PICKING?
Summer (June-Aug): Tues and Thurs 8-12. Sat 8-2
Fall (Sept-Oct): everyday 9-6
ARE YOU OPEN IN THE RAIN?
It depends on the severity of the weather. Call the farmstand or check our announcements on the homepage for up-to-the-minute information.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP UP WITH CHANGES AT PICK-YOUR-OWN?
Sign up for our email newsletter to find out what’s being picked each week. Daily changes and announcements are posted on our website and Facebook, or you can call the store staff at (860) 464-7305.
HOW DOES IT WORK? WHERE DO I START?
Upon arriving on our farm, you will be greeted by our staff who can tell you what crops we are picking, how to identify ripe fruit, and where to go in the orchard. They can also point out on our informational map where exactly in the orchard you will be headed. You will be provided with containers or bags to pick into, and are charged per pound or unit, depending on the item, upon return to the greeting and check-out area.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN CONTAINERS?
We have plenty of bags, buckets and containers available to use. Our staff will get an initial weight on your empty container so that you are not charged for the weight of your bucket, but only your fruit.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This is entirely based upon how much you pick! Fruit picking is an affordable day with the family; full bags of apples weigh-in in the $25-40 range, while our standard blueberry containers are $9 and $17. If you are on a budget, we recommend setting a number of pieces of fruit to purchase (for example, each child can pick 6 apples, which would cost about $4 per child). Picking the fruit indicates intent to purchase, so please plan carefully. We cannot put the fruit back on the trees!
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
We are animal lovers too, but no pets are allowed in the orchard. We provide a food-safe environment and cannot risk contamination. So unfortunately, dogs are not permitted outside your vehicle. This would violate our GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification for health and sanitation on the farm.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Absolutely. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
CAN I EAT FRUIT WHILE IN THE ORCHARD?
Sampling a piece of fruit is an expected activity, but we ask that you refrain from eating multiple fruits per family. The orchard is our livelihood, so we do ask that you pay before you eat. This will keep prices from increasing in the future and supports local agriculture and green space.
HOW SOON BEFORE CLOSING TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?
Please plan on arriving at least 25 minutes before closing time. Allow more time if you are looking to gather a large amount of fruit or a leisurely stay with friends and family.
DO YOU HAVE HAYRIDES?
Yes. We run wagon rides, at no cost, through the orchard on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October.
CAN I SMOKE IN THE ORCHARD?
Holmberg Orchards is a 100% smoke-free environment.
CAN I HAVE MY FAMILY PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE ORCHARD?
We do not allow any professional portrait photography sessions in the orchard.
Holmberg Orchards is a family owned farm enterprise that is now in its fourth generation. Adolph and Hulda Holmberg, as recent arrivals from Sweden, originally purchased the farm in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, in 1896. The farm soon produced vegetable crops that were well known for their high quality throughout Southeastern Connecticut. Harold and Henry Holmberg purchased the farm from their mother, Hulda, in 1931 and began planting apple, peach, and pear trees in 1935.
Holmberg Brothers’ Orchards ran successfully through the mid 1960’s at the hands of Harold and Henry. Chickens were eventually phased out as apples and fruits flourished in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, and Holmberg Brothers’ Orchards rose to be known as one of New England’s premier orchards. After Henry’s passing in 1965, the business was run by Harold alone and renamed simply, ‘Holmberg Orchards” as we know it today.
Harold's son, Richard, along with his wife, Diane, returned to the farm after college, and ultimately purchased the farm from Harold in the 1980’s. Richard brought with him fresh ideas involving expansion into retail and Pick-Your-Own markets, and in the early 1990’s also added the bakery department and greenhouse tomato operation. Richard now manages all post-harvest storage systems, packing and wholesale operations. Diane's focus is in our offices, bakery and Pick-Your-Own.
Richard and Diane are now working cooperatively with two of their children, Amy and Russell. Amy returned from university in 2002, and has further expanded the retail farm market into a gourmet specialty foods shop that retains its agricultural roots and charm. She also joins Diane in the accounting department. Russell finished college in 2004, and brought with him an excitement for viniculture and winemaking. He has since added the winery, which burst onto the CT wine scene in 2007 with award-winning fruit wines and sparkling hard ciders. Wines grapes were planted in 2010 in continued expansion of this project. Russell also oversees all greenhouse operations and tree fruit production. He lives on the farm with his wife, Christine and their children Andrew and Heidi who are the fifth generation of Holmbergs to be raised on our farm.
Today, the Holmberg Orchards heritage of excellence in fruit production continues. While the size, shape, and variety of apple trees and fruit crops are constantly changing with modern farming techniques, Holmberg Orchards commitment to grow "the finest fruit for the finest customers" continues.
News & Events
WINE MAZE: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED JUNE 1
Join us for a Grown-Up Corn Maze adventure. Discover our wine and hard cider tasting stations hidden amongst the corn. Join us after the maze for live music, our food truck and a glass of your favorite wine!
We recommend bringing a flashlight.
No outside food or beverages allowed. Coolers and bags will be inspected.
Mandatory ID check at the door. Ticket holders under 21 will not be refunded.
Maze must be completed by 8:30 pm.
We recommend bringing a flashlight.
Tickets are date-specific. For example, a ticket for the August 25 maze cannot be used any night other than August 25th. Ticket cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to event in order to be eligible for refund.
In severe weather only, the event will be postponed to our rain dates: Saturday, September 15 or Friday, September 21. Tickets for cancelled date will not be refunded, but automatically transfered to designated rain date. Ticket holders will be notified by email.
Strictly 21+ event
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HOLMBERG ORCHARDS & WINERY
Thank you for your interest in Holmberg Orchards! We do not currently have any positions available, but please check back again soon.
We do not allow photography sessions at the farm. This includes portrait photography, senior pictures, engagement photos, and family pictures taken by a third-party photographer.
Photography for magazines, catalogs, publications, advertising, weddings or any other unlisted category, including videography, must contact Amy Holmberg for fee information and scheduling.
We are a food production facility, and local and federal health codes strictly prohibit animals from entering any part of our facility. ADA-compliant guide service animals are welcome on our farm.
What is a service animal?
Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. This means the dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.
Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.