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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 if you 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 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!

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-879-7189
PYO open through mid-November
Check here to see what’s open for picking.
Tickets should be purchased in advance.

On Sept. 4, enjoy a delicious farm-to-table apple pancake breakfast at Alstede Farms. Take a fun wagon ride and then PYO fruits and vegetables.

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Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
732-462-0756
PYO starts around Aug. 27.
Follow on Facebook for updates.

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
201-666-0472
PYO will be available beginning Sept. 3.
Advance reservations required.

Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
908-852-9122
PYO opens in September, and includes apples plus raspberries and blackberries.

Duffield’s Farm Market
280 Chapel Heights Rd., Sewell
856-589-7090
PYO apples and pumpkins extend into late September/early October.

Eastmont Orchards
181 Route 537, Colts Neck
732-542-5404
PYO is open from early September through October.

Giamarese Farm
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
732-821-9494
PYO open from late August through Columbus Day.

Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor
609-448-0629
PYO open September and October.

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Longmeadow Farm
561 Blairstown Rd., Hope
908-459-5351
PYO open Labor Day weekend through mid-October.

Mackey’s Orchard
284 County Rd. 519, Belvidere
908-475-1507
Picking starts in September, but check back for weather updates.

Melick’s Town Farm
472 County Rd. 513, Califon
908-439-2318
PYO open from August through the second week of November.
Reservations required.

Mood’s Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
856-478-2500
Apple hayrides are on weekends in September. 

Och’s Orchard
4 Ochs Ln., Warwick, NY
845-986-1591
PYO open in September and October.
Call for availability; the orchard is not open every day for picking.

Phillips Farms
290 Church Rd., Milford
908-995-0022
PYO open in September and October.
Call to check on availability.

Pochuck Valley Farms
962 McAfee Rd., Glenwood
973-764-4732
PYO open from August 27 through October.

Race Farm
87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown
908-362-8151
PYO open through October.

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Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester
908-879-5353
PYO is expected to open in late August.
Follow on Facebook for updates.

Don’t miss the Apples & Artisans event on Aug. 28 at Riamede Farm, which celebrates the harvest season plus the talents of local crafters.

Stony Hill Farms
15 North Rd., Chester
908-879-2908
PYO open early September through mid-October.
Online reservations available.

Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
973-584-4734
Only open for PYO on weekdays.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310
PYO open September through November.

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
505 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
732-329-8656
PYO open from mid-September through October.
Reservations encouraged.

Wightman’s Farm
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
973-425-9819
PYO is only available on weekends.

Head out to Salem County for the South Jersey Apple Fest on Sept. 10 or 11, where you can watch the Little Miss Apple Fest Pageant. 

Then learn what to do with all those extra apples when Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes offers an apple cidering lesson on Oct. 15.