Pick Your Own Apples in NJ
Nothing says fall like picking your own crisp, juicy apples right off the tree.
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When it comes to picking at the farm, fall is prime time in the Garden State. Here are some of our favorite spots to go apple picking with the fam.
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
From August through October, Alstede boasts more than 30 apple varieties, perfect for grandma’s apple pie or eating straight off the branch. Hayrides are handicap accessible.
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
Since 1908, these family-owned orchards have grown local fruits like strawberries and peaches. Apple season (September through October) is a crowd fave, thanks to fresh cider donuts and pies available in its cozy country store.
960 Croton Rd., Pittstown
This spot specializes in PYO produce. You’ll feel like part of the family as you munch fresh fruit or test out some of the farm’s recipes. Picking is on select weekends in September and October.
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
Hop on a hayride through the sloping hills of North Jersey and into the orchards for your pick of more than a dozen apple varieties. A trip to the petting zoo, home to farm animals like cows, pigs and more, is included with admission.
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
Head to the farm for picking and all-day outdoor activities September through mid-November. Ride a pony, get lost in the corn maze, kick back on a hayride or test your aim with the corn cannon.
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
Wannabe farmers can try an array of PYO produce from May through December, including spring greens and Christmas trees. For your pick of nearly 20 different apples, stop by in September or October.
561 Hope Blairstown Rd., Hope
This family farm specializes in 15 types of apples perfect for pickin’ on weekends in September and October. Once you’re home, keep your budding chefs busy with the farm’s apple recipes for everything from apple rum baklava to apple chutney.
284 County Rd. 519, Belvidere
Mackey’s offers PYO apples beginning in September. If you love ice cream, sample more than 40 flavors like blueberry cheesecake and graham cracker. Dress up your garden for fall with flowers from the greenhouse.
With more than 20,000 apple trees, Melick’s weighs in as the largest fruit grower in NJ. Their farms also have the longest picking season: You can pick apples from mid-July through December.
91 Crab Apple Hill Rd., Milford
This family-owned spot on the Delaware River offers the freshest produce around. After picking, head to the market for fruit spreads, pumpkin butter and apple cider, available through October.
962 County Rd. 17, Glenwood
Your lil’ farmers can pick their own apples (late August through October), pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. What really stands out here, though, is the deli. Try a sub loaded with Amish-made meats and fixins’.
87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown
Race’s claim to fame is non-GMO produce and four generations of quality growing. After strolling the orchard, take a free hayride and snag a picnic table for a farm-fresh lunch from the café. Crops differ weekly, so call ahead. The farmstand is open all year, but apple season ends October 31.
15 North Rd., Chester
Go apple picking from September through mid-October, with unique experiences perfect for little farmers. The Corn Maze and Fun Maze Park offer kids a chance to blow off steam, as do the faux gemstone mines and Noah’s Ark playground.
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
Sun High has its share of fall favorites like apples and pumpkins starting in September. If your mini environmentalists ask questions like, “Mom, why are pumpkins orange?” tag along on a fall farm tour that’ll answer their every query.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
A stone’s throw from Princeton University, this local farm is beloved by residents and college students. During September and October, visitors can pick apples, see animals at the barnyard or grab a bottle of handmade wine from the vineyard.
505 Ridge Rd., Monmouth
This market comes to life when the sun goes down, thanks to a moonlight corn maze and s’mores by the fire. It also boasts PYO apples from mid-September through October.
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
When fall rolls around, this farm shines with apple-themed desserts and activities. Try sweet cider, apple dumplings and warm pecan pie, then take your pick of 10 different kinds of apples. Call for availability.
More Places to Pick in NJ and Beyond
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Rte. 304, Congers, NY
Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Rte. 32, Modena, NY
Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd., Medford
4 Ochs Ln., Warwick, NY
Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Rd., Pomona, NY
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
114 Little York Rd., Warwick