Apple Picking in New Jersey! Where to Pick Your Own 2011

More than 30 apple varieties to pick off trees


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Apple picking in New Jersey

Apple picking in New JerseyNew Jersey isn't called the Garden State for nothing! There are bushels of places where you can get outside and enjoy the rolling hills, the country air, and the thrill of picking your own apples right off the tree.

The apple-picking season in New Jersey begins in September and runs through the end of October—the exact end date depends on Mother Nature. In orchards throughout the state, you’ll find more than 30 varieties to grab off trees, including Macoun (sweet for snacking), Golden Delicious (good for pies and baking), Winesap (New Jersey’s oldest variety), and Granny Smith (tart for all purposes).

Here are more than 20 farms and orchards for you and your family to go to pick your own apples in north central New Jersey. Some places offer wagon rides and hayrides to and from the farm’s picking area, others allow you to roam. Before you go, call to confirm availability, variety of crops, fees, and the hours open for picking. Also please note: pets are not allowed at most places.

Bergen County

Demarest Farms
244 Werimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ
201-666-0472

Apple picking as well as a farm store, hay rides, and weekend face-painting with Squiggles the clown.

Hunterdon County

Melick's Town Farm
19 King St., Oldwick, NJ
908-439-3888

This 50-acre orchard has pick-your-own apples as well as a 150-year-old barn, weekend hayrides and tours of the farm, and a working cider press. There is also a location in Califon, NJ (472 County Road 513), 908-832-2905, with horsedrawn wagon rides to and from the apple orchard.

Peaceful Valley Orchards
150 Pittstown Rd., Pittstown, NJ
908-730-7748
or 908-713-1705 
This 150-acre farm has pick-your-own apples, as well as a farm market.

Phillips Farms
290 Church Rd., Milford, NJ
908-995-0022

Start at the farm stand to get your picking containers, and then head out to the fields to pick apples amongst the rolling fields.

Mercer County

Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, NJ
609-448-0629

Apple picking and a corn maze, too.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
609-924-2310

Pick-your-own apples, a large farm store, and activities all fall long. Apple Day is September 17 and 18; September 24 through October 31 are Family Fun Weekends with lots of activities, including pony rides, wagon rides, corn stalk maze, barn animals, and live music.

Middlesex County

John Himich Farms
701 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ
732-257-1538

Pick-your-own apples in East Brunswick makes it an easy drive for many.

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ
732-329-8656

Pick-your-own apples, a corn maze, and a new Barnyard Chicken Show.

Monmouth County

Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, NJ
732-462-0756

Pick-your-own apples, a country store, and weekend hayrides.

Crest Fruit Farm
82 Thompson Grove Rd., Manalapan, NJ
732-462-5669

Pick-your-own apples and weekend hayrides in October.

Eastmont Orchards
169 County Rd. 537 E., Colts Neck, NJ
732-542-5404

Pick-your-own apples at this quaint, family-owned farm since 1923.

Russo’s Orchard Lane Farm
310 Extonville Rd., Chesterfield, NJ
609-259-3684

Pick-your-own apples at this sprawling 250-acre family farm, 87 years and four generations, with a fifth generation of "future farmers" eager to greet you at the orchard.

Morris County

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 S. (Old Route 24W), Chester, NJ
908-879-7189

Pick-your-own apples and just about everything else, too. Hayrides, pony rides, wagon rides, a giant corn maze, a hay bale tunnel, and friendly farm animals, too. A great choice if you're looking for lots to do, but not the best pick if you're seeking a quiet day out in the orchard.

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette, NJ
908-647-0957

Apple picking, a farm store, and hay rides on select weekends.

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester, NJ
908-879-5353

Apple picking and hay rides.

Stony Hill Gardens
8 Route 24, Chester, NJ
908-879-2696

This farm has apple picking, a farm market, and a 10-acre corn maze.

Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph, NJ
973-584-4734

This friendly family-owned farm from 1943 offers pick-your-own apples and much more, including a farm store, hayrides, games in front of the fireplace, and a resident alpaca named Jersey Gold and Jessica, a miniature donkey.

Wightman’s Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ
973-425-9819

This family farm dates back to 1922, and has much to offer in addition to pick-your-own-apples, including a corn maze, hay rides, and a large country store selling everything from cider to smoked hams.

Somerset County

Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ
908-647-1300

This small family farm is open to the public on Sundays from noon to 4 pm for pick-your-own apples. Located on flat terrain, this is a stroller-friendly orchard.

Sussex County

Pochuck Valley Farms
962 McAffee Glenwood Road (Route 517), Glenwood, NJ
973-764-4732

With an extensive farm market housed in an 1863 church, this family-run farm has apple picking as well as apple cider sampling and the promise of old-fashioned country hospitality.

Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Rd. (Route 519), Newton, NJ
973-579-9657

Pick-your-own apples and a farm store dating back to1946 featuring homemade cider, jams and jellies, and a bakery. Weekend wagon rides.

Warren County

Brook Hollow Farm
Route 94 to 52 Frog Pond Rd., Hainesburg, NJ
908-496-4577

Pick-your-own apples with semi-dwarf trees—the perfect size for kids. Farm market and wagon rides on the weekends.

Longmeadow Farm
561 Blairstown Rd. (Route 521), Hope, NJ
908-459-5351

In operation since 1993, this picturesque spot is perfect for picking apples. They also offer homemade jams and jellies as well as their own honey.

Mackey’s Orchard
284B Country Route 519, Belvidere, NJ
908-475-1507

Family-owned for eight generations (and counting!), in addition to apple picking with an incredible view of the Delaware River Gap, there is a farm stand, a greenhouse, and an ice cream barn with over 45 flavors of homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt. Mini-golf and a playground, too.

Race Farm
87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown, NJ
908-362-8151

More than 70 years old, this established farm has pick-your-own apples, a garden center, and homemade jam and a bakery.

Does your family have a favorite spot to pick your own? And if you know of any U-pick apple orchards in New Jersey that we missed, please email us or comment below! Happy picking!

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