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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.

ALSTEDE FARMS

1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-879-7189

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.

BATTLEVIEW ORCHARDS

91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
732-462-0756

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.

BONACORSI FAMILY FARM

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.

DEMAREST FARMS

244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
201-666-0472

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.

DONALDSON FARMS

358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
908-852-9122

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.

GIAMARESE FARMS

155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
732-821-9494

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.

LONGMEADOW FARM

561 Hope Blairstown Rd., Hope
908-459-5351

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.

MACKEY’S ORCHARD

284 County Rd. 519, Belvidere
908-475-1507

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.

MELICK'S TOWN FARM

Multiple locations
908-439-2318

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.

PHILLIPS FARMS

91 Crab Apple Hill Rd., Milford
908-995-0022

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.

POCHUK VALLEY FARMS

962 County Rd. 17, Glenwood
973-764-4732

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’.

RACE FARM

87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown
908-362-8151

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.

STONY HILL FARMS

15 North Rd., Chester
908-879-2908

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.

SUN HIGH ORCHARDS

19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
973-584-4734

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.

TERHUNE ORCHARDS

330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310

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.

VON THUN’S COUNTRY FARM MARKET

505 Ridge Rd., Monmouth
732-329-8656

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.

WIGHTMAN’S FARM

1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
973-425-9819

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
845-268-7020

Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Rte. 32, Modena, NY
845-883-7825

Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd., Medford
609-654-8643

Och’s Orchard
4 Ochs Ln., Warwick, NY
845-986-1591

Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Rd., Pomona, NY
845-354-0369

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

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
114 Little York Rd., Warwick
845-258-4858

For even more PYO farms in NJ, click here.

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