Day 4 of Gift-mas-ukah in Fairfield County takes us to another Shelton hotspot: Beardsley Cider Mill. Whenever you go, there’s always a line, and there’s a reason for that: people know where to get the good stuff. And, when you’re there, it’s hard to ever get just one thing!
Pumpkins, Gourds, Cider, and Pie: A Perfect Fall Day @ Jones and Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard – Shelton, CT3 Oct
That oh so crisp feeling is in the air. You breathe in and your lung takes in air that seems to be so fresh, so pure. Leaves crinkle beneath your feet and you crave that hot cup of cider. Your mind immediately turns to getting your pumpkins, your gourds, your Indian corn, getting jugs upon jugs of cider, and baking some amazing apple pies. Normally, we’ll head out to take part in our fall festivities near the middle of October, but we needed our autumnal fix early.
Pigs, Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn, and Mums
We first hit up Jones Pumpkinseed Hill, about 1.7 miles away from Jones Vineyard in Shelton. Parking wasn’t too bad even though it was busy, so that was nice. We immediately grabbed a rolling cart so we could haul away our prized finds and then we entered. There’s a little store to the left where you purchase all your goods, to the right you can find gourds, flowers, and even buy Jones Wines. You can’t sample the wines, though…you’ll have to check out their vineyard for that. Then, a little bit farther back to the left are seemingly limitless pumpkins. To help you out, they are arranged by size: small, medium, and large. There’s even a pumpkin patch…is this where The Great Pumpkin is, Charlie Brown?