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Fresh Cider, Pumpkins and Field-Grown Mums at Hickory Ledges in Canton

Farm has been in operation nearly 100 years.

Fall is a colorful time at Hickory Ledges Farm in Canton. It's the time of year when their own field-grown mums and pumpkins adorn the area around the farm store, making their places among weathered barns, functional farm equipment and numerous old tools of the trade.  

In the store itself gourds, chips, smaller pumpkins and other items are sold. In one corner a cooler holds jugs of unpasteurized cider, pressed fresh on the site with apples from Roger's Orchards in Southington. 

It's open June to October but the farm, located at 183 Bahre Corner Road, is a popular fall destination. 

Lynne Olson said one attraction is the mums, which are hearty due to the fact that they are field grown on site. 

"We really specialize in fall ornamentals," she said. 

Cornstalks and pumpkins are other popular items grown on site. 

The farm has been in her husband Bill's family since 1913 when it was purchased by Anton Olson. Through the 1960s it was run as a dairy farm. After that the property remained in the family but was not utilized as an active farm until Lynne and Bill started things up again about 25 years ago. Other family members help out. The couple's two children, Taylor and Whitney, have other careers but lend an occasional hand as well. 

In addition to the fall products, vegetables and hay are also staples. Some of its products are also sold at the Applegate Farm Stand on Lawton Road. The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week through the end of October.

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