Silverman's Farm offers fun fall activities By: Meg enquist '23

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly altered typical fall traditions. A popular activity among Staples High School students is apple and pumpkin picking. Silverman's Farm located in Easton, Connecticut has implemented new protocols in order to keep their customers satisfied and safe.

With the intent of maintaining a safe environment, Silverman's Farm abides by Connecticut's protocols surrounding masks and social distancing. Throughout the farm, there are multiple signs that serve as a reminder to customers about the COVID-19 protocols.

Apple picking is a common fall activity. As a result, there was a line to purchase a pick-your-own bag at 9:30 a.m., half an hour after the farm opened.

As recommended by the CDC and Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Silverman's Farm is unable to use the tractors usually used to transport visitors up the steep terrain.

Without the use of the tractors, visitors have to climb steep hills in order to get to the fruit orchards.

Multiple signs are placed along the path to the orchard groves in an attempt to encourage the walkers to keep going. The walk to the fruit orchards took about 10 minutes, since it was primarily uphill. The return only took about five minutes, and was all downhill. Overall, the apples were worth the walk which was a great way to get exercise while having fun.

For those who are unable to walk up hills or those who aren't up for the hike, the Country Market at Silverman's Farm is open seven days a week. Freshly picked fruit, apple cider and baked goods are available at the Country Market.

While in the orchards, mask wearing is mandated and enforced by the employees overlooking the area.

A large group containing multiple families, hiked up the steep hills toward the apple orchards.

Silverman's Farm offers a large selection of pre-picked pumpkins from which visitors can purchase.

One hour after Silverman's Farm opened, the parking lot was full.

Silverman's Farm is a great place to go apple and pumpkin picking this fall due to their hard working staff team. The employees have created an environment that is very similar to those in years past, while still including precautions to keep customers healthy and safe. The major difference of having to walk to the orchards and having to wear masks, didn’t negatively impact the experience. Apple and pumpkin picking is perfect for someone who is looking for a safe, fun fall activity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

All photos taken by Meg Enquist '23