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
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
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. They will hold a strawberry pancake breakfast on June 4 and 11.

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Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
PYO is open; call ahead or follow on Facebook for hours.

Bonacorsi Family Farm
662 Pittstown Rd., Frenchtown
The Frenchtown location has PYO strawberries starting May 24. 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 later this month.

Farms View
945 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne
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.

Giamarese Farm and Orchards
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
The market opens May 17 but the strawberries, lettuce, asparagus and peas are expected in June.

Hallock’s U-Pick Farm
38 Fischer Rd., New Egypt
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
The strawberry picking hayride began on May 12 with more dates open soon. 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 and radishes are ready for picking on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by reservation. The farm market and Tomasello Winery Tasting Room are open for the season.

Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor

The upcoming picking season hasn’t started yet, so the farm is closed for picking, walking around and going on the playground. However, from 12-5 pm Wednesday to Saturday you can stop by to buy a whole turkey or turkey parts, fruit or pie.

Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick
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
The season runs from end of May through June, and while you’re getting your fruit you can also attend Springfest on May 27, Mental Health Day on May 28, a car show on June 3 and Berries and Brews June 17-18.

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
PYO is expected to open in June.

Rowand’s Farm
295 Greentree Rd., Glassboro
Picking is open, but the strawberries need to ripen a bit more before picking can resume. Check their Facebook page for updates on supply. You can visit the farm market while you wait – and prepare for cherry picking in 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
A special strawberry u-pick night will be 4-8 pm May 26. If you visit the farm prior, call ahead to make sure there enough berries to pick. Synder’s Roadside Stand will open the first week of July.

Specca Farms
880 Jacksonville-Mount Holly Rd., Bordentown
The season here started early on May 12 and 13. Look for the large white barn and you’ll see the fields of berries.

Stony Hill Farms
15 North Rd., Chester
PYO typically starts in June.

Sunhaven Farms
1018 Orchard Dr., Hillsborough
Cherry tomatoes are available but keep an eye out for updates on strawberry.

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


Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
Strawberries and asparagus are currently for the taking. There are more than a dozen other crops that will be ready for harvest throughout the season.


Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
U-pick strawberries are not ready yet but keep checking Facebook for updated info. Come by for the Strawberry Festival June 3-4.

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
438 Route 57 West, Washington Township
PYO is on hold for now, so check the website or social media for an announcement on the start of the season. Their Strawberry Festival will be June 10 and 11.

Walking Bird Farm
250 S. Mannheim Ave., Egg Harbor City
U-Pick strawberries are open to the public in the mornings of Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Fridays during twilight hours. Blueberries are up next in mid-June.

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.


For even more strawberry fun, take the drive to Peddler’s Village. Even though the Strawberry Festival passed, May is Strawberry Month so the shops and restaurants will have lots of specials going on.

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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