Nothing says fall like taking the kids to a farm to pick your own apples. Whether they can reach the apples at eye level, or have to rent the large picking pole (a favorite for adults, too!), there are many ways to have fun at the orchard. Plus, you can teach your kids about the importance of farm-to-table meals and supporting local farmers. Make your visit even more fun by going during a harvest festival. Call before you go to make sure you can pick your own apples that day (weather permitting) and find out which variety is best. Don’t forget to head to the farm market for some hot, fresh apple cider donuts, too.
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
PYO opens September 1 and includes apples plus raspberries and blackberries.
181 Route 537, Colts Neck
PYO is open from early September through October.
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
PYO is open from late August through Columbus Day.
Hill Creek Farms
Hill Creek Farms, Mullica Hill
Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – November 5
U-pick apples, Asian pears, sunflowers and vegetables are available at different times throughout the season.
223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette
PYO is in September and October.
Johnsons Locust Hall Farm
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown
September 9 to October 29
The pick-your-own season includes apples, pumpkins and sunflowers. The Park & Pick option allows you to visit every stop along the farm drive at your own pace.
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor
PYO is open in September and October.
Make sure you read the farm rules in advance of your visit.
561 Blairstown Rd., Hope
PYO is open Labor Day weekend through mid-October.
284 County Rd. 519, Belvidere
Picking starts September 2 and 3, but check back for weather updates.
Melick’s Town Farm
472 County Rd. 513, Califon
PYO is open from August through the second week of November.
Mood’s Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
Picking is from mid-August through Thanksgiving. Apple-picking hayrides are on weekends in September. The Apple Festival is September 9 and includes a donut-eating contest.
4 Ochs Ln., Warwick, NY
PYO is open from late August through October.
290 Church Rd., Milford
PYO is open in September and October and closed on Tuesdays.
Pochuck Valley Farms
962 McAfee Rd., Glenwood
PYO is open from July 14 to September 15.
87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown
PYO is open through October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge
PYO is from September 17 to October 22.
Russo’s Fruit and Vegetable Farm
529 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle
Pick apples and pumpkins Friday-Sunday, September 15 to October 29.
Stiles Farm and Nursery
172 S. Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House
The fall picking season includes apples, pears and Asian pears.
Strawberry Hill Farm
3 Waln Rd., Chesterfield
Pick apples, pears and peaches from mid-July through November.
Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
Only open for PYO on weekdays.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
PYO is open from September through November.
Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
505 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
PYO is open from mid-September through October.
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
PYO is only available on weekends.
Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Rd., Newton
Windy Brow has been farming for more than 75 years. It’s named for its windy location on the brow of a ridge, and was originally operated as a dairy farm in the late 1800s. The first fruit trees were planted by the Inslee family in 1920. They grow over 50 varieties of apples, 15 varieties of peaches, sweet and tart cherries and different vegetables.