Averill Farm is a family farm, which has been operated continuously by the Averills since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug. For many years it was a dairy farm. Today, the 260-acre property is primarily a fruit orchard, but also produces hay and Christmas trees. Sam Averill, of the ninth generation, runs the farm with his wife Susan, son Tyson (10th generation!), and several full and part-time employees.
The apples and pears are grown in the 30 acre orchard and are sold both as picked fruit and pick-your-own (PYO). Some 100 varieties are grown, about 20 of which are available for customers to pick. Early apples come at the end of July or beginning of August and are sold either at farmers markets or self-service in front of the "Homestead". The PYO season begins mid August, when the orchard stand opens, and stays open seven days a week, 9:30am to 5:30pm, or dusk (after the time change), until Thanksgiving.
We sell our own cider, apple cider donuts, cut flowers, and homemade the old-fashioned way, jams and jellies. We also sell locally-sourced pies, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, mums, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, garlic, potatoes, some tomatoes, and gifts.
After Thanksgiving, we sell fruit, cider, and Christmas trees from our homestead until the Christmas Tree season ends on December 24. After that, any remaining apples are sold from cold storage.