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Pick Your Own Updates

Now picking Blueberries and Raspberries Tuesday thru Sunday 8-12. Follow us on social media for more updates!

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Shop from Home and Pick Up In Store

The Farm Market is now welcoming shoppers inside! You may still shop online for our curbside or in-store pickup service.

LAVENDER SEASON IS HERE

Daily fresh bouquets from our own hillside lavender fields on the farm.

COVID-19 Update

We are now open to the public! Curbside and in-store pickup remain available. You can order in advance by clicking the link below to see a full catalog of our offerings.

Masks are mandatory at all times inside the Farm Market with absolutely no exceptions. Please limit your party to only one shopper per household and maintain a 6 foot distance from other guests whenever possible.

                                      Pick Your Own will be opening soon! Masks and social distancing required

We are committed to keeping our community, staff and family safe during this critical time. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

In 2018, Russell envisioned rolling fields of lavender cresting the orchard. He began planting several acres over the course of the following years and his hard work is in bloom today. 

The lavender season lasts about 4-5 weeks, spanning mid June through mid July. Fresh cut bunches and plants are available in our Farm Market and will continue throughout the season. We are also drying lavender and harvesting fresh lavender for essential oil. We are looking forward to a wide product offering next year featuring our own holmgrown lavender! 

Currently available in-store: Phenomenal and Provence. We are in our last week for fresh cut lavender, ending around July 15. Stop in soon to stock up before they are gone! 

Also available in our Farm Market: LAVENDER LEMONADE SLUSHIES

Lavendula Angustifolia (English lavender) 

We love English lavender! Vibrant color and a floral, somewhat fruity fragrance. Stems approximately 6 inches tall.  English lavender produces a higher quality oil. Great for culinary uses like baking and tea and still works well in sachets, pouporris and crafts. These are our early season blooms. 

Cultivars:

Folgate” First to bloom.  Compact plants.  Good hardiness. Bloom approx June 20-28

Royal velvet”.  Striking dark bloom.  Early to mid season blooms. Bloom approx June 25-July 5.  

Melissa” – white lavender.  Excellent oil quality.  Fresh Cut only (no plants available) Blooms approx June 20-28 

Lavendula intermedia (Lavandin)

These are the showstoppers in the lavender world. Tall stems that are great for bouquets, crafts and wands. High in oils and much more camphorous/menthol in nature.  Great for drying (hang straight upside-down, do not place in water)

Cultivars 

Grosso” – the standard lavender of the western USA.  Very productive but needs to be protected in the winter. Blooms approx June 28-July 8 

Phenomenal” – easiest lavender to grow.  Harvest mid to late. Blooms approx July 1-10

Super”.  Large showy plants that are newer to our fields and looks promising.  Plants available but no fresh cuts.   

Provence”  The French Standard. Huge plant, grows fast.  Not winter hardy.   Must be well protected in CT.  Approx July 1-10. 

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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.

BAKERY

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.

HOLM-MADE CANDLES

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.

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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.

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 Apple Crumb
Apple Caramel Nut Apple Raspberry
Blueberry Blueberry Crumb
Fruit Medley Peach
Peachberry Strawberry Rhubarb
Cherry Chocolate Cream
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.

FAQ

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER FOR PIES?

Call the farm market at (860) 464-7305 or click on the link above. We kindly request 24 hour notice for all bakery orders.

IS THE STORE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes

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

NEW Extended Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 8-12

Raspberries: $6/pint Volume Discount: $5/pint when you pick 8+ pints

Blueberries: $5/pint  $12/ 2-quart basket  $20/gal busket

– Masks and social distancing (6+ feet) required 

– Maximum group size of 6 people. Larger groups will split into smaller sections.

– Absolutely NO eating or sampling in the field per the CT Department of Agriculture

– Picking container required for each person entering the fields. Containers can be purchased at check-in. 


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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.

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. You will purchase picking containers before entering the field. Then simply fill you container and bring home to enjoy!

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN CONTAINERS?

We will supply all picking containers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, NO outside containers will be permitted.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Our pricing is volume based, but container sizes and prices vary by crop. We offer individual picking containers as well as family pricing in most instances. Maximum group size per picking container may apply.

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?

Absolutely no sampling or eating in the field per the CT Department of Agriculture.

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.

About Us

Farm History

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.

Today

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

NEWS & EVENTS

Lavender Harvest is underway

We planted 2 acres of lavender in 2018

Plants and Frest Cuts available Daily at the Farm Market

More coming in 2021: admission to fields, lavender oil, infused products and more

PYO Raspberries Coming Soon

Extended Hours in 2020: Tuesday thru Saturday 8-12

Raspberries begin around June 25. Blueberries start in early July. Please check back for exact dates

Pears in Bottles Report

Bottles have been hung for the Poire Prisonniere project for Westford Hills Distillery. Click here for more info

Native Tomatoes are in the Farm Market Now

Employment

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.

Photography Policy

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.

(860) 464-7305

amy@holmbergorchards.com

Pet Policy

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.