It's pumpkin-picking season, and as one of the most autumnal states, Connecticut is chock-full of pumpkin patches.

But which one is the best one?

Reader's Digest tackled that hard-hitting question and came up with their picks (no pun intended) for the best pumpkin patch in each state.

Connecticut's winner is Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. It was the orchard's history that caught the attention of Reader's Digest's pumpkin patch examiners.

"The orchard has been around longer than the United States of America—277 years!—and is still owned and operated by descendants of the original Lyman family pioneers," Reader's Digest writes.

According to Lyman Orchards, John and Hope Lyman bought the land in 1741. In 1863, "the original Homestead, built in 1785...[was] moved by a team of oxen from its original site to its current location across the street from the Apple Barrel. In its place, David [began] construction on a new Homestead, which would be home to six generations of the Lyman family."

The Lyamns have an interesting history outside of the orchard as well. According to the orchard's site, David Lyman II was integral in incorporating Middlefield as a town and William Lyman was an early advocate of the abolition of slavery; he took part in the Underground Railroad that helped fugitive slaves seeking freedom in the North.

If you've already visited Lyman Orchards this year, or if you're looking for a more grown-up pumpkin-picking experience head over the border to Poughquag, NY where you'll find Reader's Digest's New York pick: Barton Orchards Farm and Bakery. This orchard boasts a taproom and a cidery.