Lyman Orchards taking precautions to keep visitors safe while enjoying classic fall activities amid pandemic


MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — At Lyman Orchards, they are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe while they are enjoying classic fall activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The line of cars to get into Lyman Orchards Sunday afternoon was very, very long. People from all across the state came out to pick their own perfect pumpkins and apples.

Families we spoke to say they wanted to get outside and out of the house as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

John Lyman of Lyman Orchards told News 8, despite the pandemic, it’s been a very strong year for them, starting with ‘pick your own strawberries’ back in June. And with fall festivals and fair canceled, Lyman says folks have turned to orchards even more than usual this fall.

“The apple supply was a little light this year and with the heavy crowd we’ve had, this is the last weekend for pick-your-own apples,” Lyman said.

Don’t worry! Lyman says they’ll still have plenty of pumpkins. And if you choose to stop by, you’ll see the precautions they’re taking to keep everyone safe. That includes enhancing sanitation practices, limiting the number of pickers in the field to maintain social distancing, and a pay-then-pick payment method to avoid lines and crowding.

And they’re asking everyone, if you’re sick or not feeling well, please stay home.

“We told people, ‘it’s going to be a little different this year. It won’t be the same,’ but everyone has been responsive and supportive,” Lyman says. “It’s been a very strong year for us…It doesn’t get any better on a day like this! To come out and enjoy the countryside with your family.”

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