Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton preps for apple picking season with new safety protocols

Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton is prepared for apple picking season with new rules.

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2020, 5:30 PM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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If you plan to head out to an orchard this weekend, things might look a little bit different this year because of the pandemic.
Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton is prepared for apple picking season with new rules.
Owner Dan Beardsley says there are a lot more customers this year, some who even come from out of state. This means a number of new safety protocols amid the pandemic.
In seasons past, apples were weighed and paid for on the way out.
"This year, so we don't have to handle their fruit once they pick it, we're going to charge them by bag on the way in," Beardsley says.
It's $20 for a 10-pound bag. Visitors can pick their apples on Saturdays and Sundays.
"We ask that people wear their masks when they enter to pay, and once they're able to maintain a 6-foot distance in the orchard, masks are optional for them," Beardsley adds.
The farm store is open with new rules too.
"We got some social distancing markings on the floor," Beardsley says. "We have the barriers between our employees and the customers."
The owner adds that, while apple picking season typically runs through mid-to-late October, he expects it to end a little sooner this year.
"I wish people happiness out here in the orchard, and enjoy the day, and try to be safe and respectful of other folks," he says.
Beardsley says he is doing his best to stay optimistic during these times. He plans to open a distillery on the farm in the spring.


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