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PICK YOUR OWN

PYO Peaches & Blueberries open Tuesday thru Sunday 8-12 or until picked out for the day.

LAVENDER SEASON

Bouquets of lavender from our 2 acre field, plus lavender products for your mind, body and soul

BUBBLY BLANC IS BACK

COVID-19 Update

Curbside and in-store shopping both remain available. You can order in advance by clicking the link below to see a full catalog of our offerings.  When shopping in-store, please maintain a 6 foot distance from other guests whenever possible.

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 weeks, spanning late June through July. Fresh cut bunches are available in our Farm Market and will continue throughout the season. We also dry lavender and harvest fresh lavender for essential oil and other products. 

Our fresh lavender season has concluded, but we have plenty of  dried lavender and other goodies available in the Farm Market. Including lavender lemonade slushies to lotions, candles, soaps, spices, teas, syrups and so much more!

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” is one of the best oil producers and is considered the best for producing high-yield crops for culinary uses, etc. Folgate is a tiny bush with narrow, small leaves and a sweet aroma. . Bloom approx June 25-July 2

Royal velvet” This variety is a small to medium-sized plant. It is one of the best Lavandula angustifolias. Its deep purple flowers and foliage are highly aromatic. It is a great oil producer and excellent for culinary uses. Royal Velvet is an all-purpose plant that is one of the best selling lavender plants. Bloom approx July 5- July 15.  

Melissa” This variety features tightly compact pink and white spikes that bloom longer than other pink lavender plants. It can be used for ornamental or hedging purposes or for a variety of culinary uses. Blooms approx June 28-July 5 

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 

Grossoa commercial, all-purpose plant that is very hardy. Its long stems are excellent for dried bouquets and potpourris. Because Grosso is such a high-yielding plant, it has become the most widely used lavender variety for oil production in the world. Blooms approx July 8- July 18

Phenomenal”  A hybrid lavender developed for heat and humidity tolerance, plus winter hardiness. Tall stems and exceptionally beautiful flowers are great for wands. Camphorous, slightly menthol fragrance. Very showy! Blooms approx July 10-20

SuperThis is one of the most elegant lavandins. It is dark green with bright green margins, thick lateral branching all the way up and long or mid to lower and long overall look. The variety features a light and flowery aroma. Super has the best perfume of all lavandins and is mainly used for soap fragrances and aromatherapy because it produces a lot of oil. Blooms approx July 15-25

Provence”  This variety is also known as French lavender and is one of the largest lavandins. Provence features very long, dense and full spikes that are wonderful for fresh bouquets, lavender wands, potpourri and culinary purposes. The aroma is milder and sweeter than other lavenders.  Approx July 15-25. 

PICK YOUR OWN

Summer Hours: Open Tuesday thru Sunday 8-12 or until picked out for the day. Closed Mondays.

Currently picking blueberries and peaches.

Everyone entering the picking fields must pre-purchase at least one container.

Blueberries: last week! 

Gallon Busket $22 (admits 4)  2 Quart Basket $14 (admits 2)  Pint $6 (admits 1)

Blackberries: picking is limited and available first come first serve

$5 per pint (admits 1).

Peaches: picking will continue into early September

Single Bag $10 (3 lbs, admits 1)

Family Bag $35 (13 lbs, admits 4) 

2021 Membership Required: Holmberg’s Bucket $35 (20 lbs, admits 4) 

2021 Membership Fee is $15 or $10 for a 2021 Renewal. For use within a single household only. 

Blueberry Donuts and Berry Slushies available Saturdays & Sundays 9-12:30!

1/2 Dozen Donuts $7  Single Donut  $2

Mixed Berry Lemonade Slushie $5

Craftsman Cliff Locally Roasted Coffee $2

Bottled Water $1


June: Raspberries

July: Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries

August: Peaches

September: Apples, Pears

October: Apples, Pumpkins

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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 thru Sun 8-12.

Fall (Sept-Oct 25): 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.

FARM MARKET

Shop in-store OR online with easy pickup options!

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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.

    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

    2021 Wine Maze

    August 27, 28 September 3, 4, 10, 11
    6-8:30 pm

    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.

    Strictly 21+. Mandatory ID check at the door. Ticket holders under 21 will not be refunded.

    Employment

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HOLMBERG ORCHARDS & WINERY

    Things to expect from a job at Holmbergs: Fall Fun. Sunshine. Smiles. Delight. You will personally help create family memories for our guests, so we hire the best of the best to join our farm family.

    Positions currently open: Pick Your Own staff (16+), Donut Maker (18+) and Farm Market Staff (18+).

    We will begin hiring in August for a wide variety of seasonal positions, including: Farm Market staff, Pick-Your-Own staff, cashiers, tractor drivers, Wine Barn staff, Donut Makers, part-time bakers and more.

    For an application or further information, please email amy@holmbergorchards.com. We look forward to working with you!

    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.