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Pick-your-own ​strawberry season is here! Grab your baskets and get the whole family outside. Head to these pick-your-own (PYO) farms near you for delicious, fresh berries, but be sure to call ahead for specific opening and picking times because the crops vary due to weather and quantity.

ALSTEDE FARMS

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-258-6245
Strawberries are the first pick of the season and the best way to welcome summer, but the crop won’t be available until late May, and the season extends through June.

Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
732-462-0756
PYO will be open in mid-May; call ahead or follow on Facebook for hours.

Bonacorsi Family Farm
662 Pittstown Rd., Frenchtown
The Frenchtown location has PYO strawberries starting mid-May. The roadside stand, at a separate location, will have fresh produce to choose from.

Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
908-852-9122 ext. 1
If you’re going to the market soon, there are plenty of pre-packed strawberries for sale. The pick-your-own fields won’t be open until the end of May but lasts through June. Check Facebook for timing updates.

Farms View
945 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne
973-839-1212
There are both fresh-picked and u-pick strawberries here, but the crop depends on yield, field conditions, temperature and weather, so call ahead before stopping by the farmstand. As of the beginning of May, strawberries are not yet in season.

Giamarese Farm and Orchards
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
732-821-9494
The market opens May 14 but the strawberries, lettuce, asparagus and peas are expected in June.

Hallock’s U-Pick Farm
38 Fischer Rd., New Egypt
609-758-8847
Strawberry picking starts mid-May, but the greenhouse is already open with a selection of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs and vegetable starter plants.

Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd., Medford
Strawberry picking is from mid-May to mid-June, and you can take a relaxing hayride to the strawberry, blueberry and peach fields. The kids can attend the Little Farmers class or go to the Discovery Barnyard playground.

Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown
This 17th-Century preserved farm has family roots and rustic charm. Strawberries should be ready when the farm opens on May 17. The farm market, animal farm and Tomasello Winery Tasting Room are open year-round.

Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor
609-448-0629

Strawberry and cherry picking kick off the u-pick season in June, followed by months of fresh produce you can pull off the trees, off the vines and out of the ground during the year.

Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick
908-439-2955
The plump, juicy berries are on their way. Strawberry reservations are updated at 4 pm for the next day’s schedule, so check before you go.

Ort Farms
25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley
908-876-3351
The season runs from end of May through June. The patch is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, or until the day’s supply runs out.

Peterson Family Farm
438 Quakertown Rd., Frenchtown
Pick berries starting the first week of June, but keep an eye on the weather – the fields will be closed if it’s wet. Call ahead for updates.

Phillips Farms
290 Church Rd., Milford
908-995-0022
Sign up for weekly emails that detail the PYO schedule, or call 908-995-0022 for a recorded message with the daily updates. Stawberries should be available at the market in June. At the main farm, PYO blueberries, black and red raspberries, cherries, currants and donut peaches begins mid-June.

Rowand’s Farm
295 Greentree Rd., Glassboro
You can visit the farm market while you wait for strawberry and cherry picking to begin closer to June.

Sahl’s Father Son Farm
420 W. Pestalozzi, Galloway
You’ll have to schedule an appointment here to pick, with varying hours all week except on Wednesdays.

Snyder’s Farm
586 South Middlebush Rd., Somerset
732-496-0441
Expect the smell fresh strawberries starting in mid-May. Synder’s Roadside Stand will open the first week of July.

Specca Farms
880 Jacksonville-Mount Holly Rd., Bordentown
The season here should run from late April until early June. Look for the large white barn and you’ll see the fields of berries.

Stony Hill Farms
15 North Rd., Chester
908-879-2696
PYO for these low-cal, Vitamin C-filled berries typically starts in June.

Sunhaven Farms
1018 Orchard Dr., Hillsborough
908-369-6504
Bell pepper plants, lavender, cherry tomatoes, squash and other produce are available at the market. The strawberry fields will be making their season debut soon.

Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 Rte. 206 North, Andover
973-579-5055
U-pick strawberries start soon, while raspberries and blueberries begin in late August, followed by mums, cider and fall decorations in September and pumpkins in October.

TERHUNE ORCHARDS

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310
Strawberries will be ready from late May to early June. There are more than a dozen other crops that will be ready for harvest throughout the season.

Tindall Farms
1201 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
609-631-8086
Strawberries will be in season from the end of May through the end of June.

VONTHUN FARMS

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
732-329-8656
U-pick strawberries are not ready yet but keep checking Facebook for updated info. Come by for the Strawberry Festival June 1-2 and 8-9.

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
438 Route 57 West, Washington Township
732-329-8656
The farm market opens May 18, but check the website or social media for an announcement on the start of the u-pick season. Their Strawberry Festival will be June 8-9.

Walking Bird Farm
250 S. Mannheim Ave., Galloway Twp.
609-808-4420

There are more than 40 acres of vegetables, berries, flowers and herbs, offering u-pick strawberries, blueberries and flowers, plus a CSA membership program. Visit the farm store for home-grown seasonal vegetables as well as other locally sourced products like farm raised meats, cheeses, eggs and baked goods.

Wightman Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
Picking begins in June “when the strawberries tell us they’re ready.” There will be blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines and apples here throughout the season as well.

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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