Blue Jay Orchards

MARKET IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON 

 WITH APPLE CIDER,  DONUTS , APPLES, PEACHES,PLUMS, BAKERY PRODUCTS, PIES  ,JAMS AND JELLIES  AND YES OUR FAMOUS CIDER DONUTS 

 

PICK YOUR OWN APPLES FOR  SEPT,15 AND 16

  MCINTOSH , CORTLAND , GALA, JONAMAC 

'SCENIC ORCHARD WAGONRIDES   SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS  FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM 
 
OUR FARM MARKET IS OPEN TIL 6 PM EACH DAY
 

SORRY NO PETS ARE ALLOWED  IN THE ORCHARDS OR AT OUR FARM MARKET 

IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND  FEDERAL GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES 

Why farmers have you leave your dogs home

STORRS, Conn. — Over the years I have worked with many fruit and vegetable farmers, as they have become the focus of new food safety regulations. Some of these farms sell their product through pick-your-own (PYO) operations, some at an on-farm stand; others have CSA (community supported agriculture) programs. More and more of them are no longer allowing visiting dogs on their property. Some customers are not taking it well.

It can be difficult after years of being allowed to bring the dog along to the farm as you pick apples or visit the market. There might have even been a farm dog or two lounging in the back of the store or running up and down the aisles. But, things have changed, including food safety standards of practice. Believe it when I say, this is much harder on the farmer.

Starting with the voluntary Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program over ten years ago, it has become the standard for dogs, cats, and even wandering chickens to be reined in during the harvest season, in particular. These new practices and rules came about when fruits and vegetables hit the top of the “most likely to cause a foodborne illness” charts.

So consider the farmer and the burden visiting pets may place on them. Dogs make great pets, but they come with some bad habits that may have an impact on the safety of the food a farm grows and sells.  What are you going to do when at a moment you are distracted, perhaps paying your bill; your dog lifts its leg on a produce display, or box of apples at the farmers’ market? Even if the owner attempts to be fastidious about cleaning up after a dog’s mess, it’s unlikely that all traces of poop can be removed. It will be left to be tracked throughout the market or growing area. Chances are you are petting your dog, and then choosing the perfect apple without even thinking twice about it.

While food safety is one concern, customer safety can certainly be another reason for the “NO DOGS ALLOWED” signs. Dogs will be dogs, and no matter how well trained, dog bites, dog fights and other unpleasant contacts with other customers can sometimes be problematic. Some folks may be allergic to your dog. It would be much better if you just buy some gourmet home-made dog treats at the market and bring them home to her.

Yes, it is true that some farmers’ markets and even some pick your own farms still allow patrons to bring their pets along for the ride. It is a risky choice they make. Please follow the rules at the farm you choose to visit—and thank the farmer for their concern for customer health and wellbeing 

–Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH
UConn Extension Educator – Food Safety

NEWS

PICK YOUR OWN APPLES 

NOW THRU END OF OCTOBER 

SORRY NO DOGS OR PETS ALLOWED 

 

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Pick Your Own     

SEPT 15-16   MCINTOSH CORTLAND GALA 

SEPT 22-23    CORTLAND  MACOUN JONAGOLD 

SEPT 29-30   JONAGOLD IDA RED STAYMAN 

OCT  6-7-8       JONAGOLD ,RED DEL. IDA RED MUTSU  FUGI 

OCT 14-15      IDA RED MUTSU JONAGOLD  FUGI

OCT   21-22   GRANNY SMITH , BRAEBURN , 

OCT 28-29     GRANNY SMITH BRAEBURN  

VARIETIES MAY CARRY OVER TO THE FOLLOWING WEEKS 

DEPENDING ON WEATHER AND AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO 

VISIT EACH WEEKEND 

OCTOBER SCHEDULE SOON 

SORRY NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE ORCHARD 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

Pumpkin Patch 

IS NOW OPEN WITH

A LARGE SELECTION OF

CARVING PUMKINS

 
 
 

Fun Stuff

Scenic Orchard

Wagon Rides

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

10AM TO 4 PM   

STOP IN AND SAY HI 

TO FARMERS  PHIL 

DAVE OR BOB   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm History

.Blue Jay Orchards is a picturesque 140 acre farm nestled in Bethel, Connecticut. The farm's history as a modern orchard dates back to 1934 when Mr. Josephy brought a farm house aand land  Over the next 50 years  the farm expanded from 50 acres  to it's current size 122 acres  Mr. Josephy owned the farm until its sale to the present owners, Paul and Mary Patterson, in 1985.   A large part of the Patterson's satisfaction with purchasing Blue Jay Orchards was that they were playing a part in preserving the farm for future generations to enjoy.

 

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Opening Hours

 

STORE HOURS

OPEN EVERYDAY 

9AM TO 5:30 PM 

NO PETS ALLOWED