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It's Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Time in New Jersey!
Updated May 2013
Strawberry picking season is here! And in New Jersey the pick-your-own strawberry season is short and sweet, lasting about three weeks from mid-May to early June.
Many pick-your-own farms in New Jersey are open now, but some won't open for another week or so. Please call before you go for updates on crop and weather conditions, fees, picking times, and to make sure the farm isn't "picked-out" and closing early as a result.
Pick-Your-Own Strawberries in NJ
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ; 908-879-7189
9 am–9 pm daily, open for picking Memorial Day weekend through mid-June. $5 admission per person (children under 2 are free), full picking details on Alstede Farm's website.
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, NJ; 732-462-0756
9 am-3 pm daily, open for picking approx. May 16 through June 9. Check in at the Country Store before heading out to the fields, $1 Membership Card required per family or group. No pets allowed; cash only.
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown, NJ; 908-852-9122
9 am-6 pm daily, opening day in late May through June. Also offers group tours and picking parties.
115 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick, NJ; 732-821-9494
10 am-6 pm Tues.-Sun. Open for picking Memorial Day to Father's Day weekend, $6/adult includes wagon ride and first quart of strawberries.
438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ; 908-267-5313
Strawberry festival open 10 am-7 pm Sat. and Sun. from June 8 - June 30. Plus, check out their horse drawn wagon rides, hay rides, pony rides, bounce house, and animal petting.
146 Cranbury Neck Rd., 62 John White Rd., Cranbury, NJ; 609-799-2523
2 pm–6 pm Mon.-Fri.; 10 am–6 pm Sat.–Sun. Opening day in late May.
1018 Orchard Dr., Hillsborough, NJ; 908-369-6504
9 am–6 pm daily. Opening day early June.
Route 206 N., Andover, NJ; 973-579-5055
9 am-6 pm Mon.–Fri.; 9 am-5 pm Sat., 9 am-4 pm Sun. Opening day early June (call around June 7th for details). Full picking details as well as tips available here.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ; 609-924-2310
9 am-6 pm Mon.-Fri.; 9 am-5 pm Sat.-Sun. Open for picking late May through early June. No dogs allowed.
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ; 732-329-8656
10 am–6:30 pm Mon.-Fri.; 9 am-6 pm Sat.-Sun. Open for picking late May through early June. They also have some great strawberry picking tips on their website.
300 Route 33 W., Freehold, NJ; 732-431-2668
9 am-6 pm daily. Open for picking late May through early June.
725 Route 524, Allentown, NJ; 609-259-2186
9 am–7 pm daily. Call for opening day in late May.
Wondering what to do with all those fresh strawberries? We've got lots of ideas on our Strawberries Pinterest Board. And remember, fresh-picked berries won't last as long as store-bought ones, so plan to eat them within a few days of being picked.
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Let us know—where's your favorite spot to pick fresh berries and share your favorite recipes? Comment below!