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Eating local can be a challenge in the winter, but during the summer, pick-your-own farms make it an opportunity for family fun—and there’s no better crop to start with than the blueberry. Not only is it New Jersey’s official state fruit, but it’s also one that grows low enough for even toddlers to pick.

You can bring the whole fam to one of the below farms, all of which offer pick-your-own blueberries. Farms start as early as mid-June, depending on the year. Just be sure to call ahead before going.

Atlantic

B & B Farms
250 South Mannheim Ave., Egg Harbor City
609-338-8690
PYO starts mid-June

DiMeo Farms
3101 Nesco Rd., Hammonton
609-561-5905
9 am-7 pm starting in June, by appointment only

Burlington

Johnson’s Corner Farm
113 Church Rd., Medford
609-654-8643
Estimated to start June 17

Gloucester

Mood’s Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
856-478-2500
Mid-June to early August

Hunterdon

Phillips Farms
290 Church Rd., Milford
908-995-0022
End of June through July

Schaefer Farms
1051 County Rte. 523, Flemington
908-782-2705
Call to find out what’s available for picking

Mercer

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310
Late June-late July

Morris

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-258-6245
End of June-end of July

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette
908-647-0957
Through July; call ahead

Ocean

Emery’s Berry Farm
346 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt
609-758-8514
Mid-June through July; call ahead

Somerset

Snyder’s Farm
586 South Middlebush Rd., Somerset
732-496-0441
Late June-late July

Not sure what to do with the 10 pounds of blueberries you bring home? Keep them in the fridge for up to a week, then pop them in the freezer and thaw before eating. For a special treat during a heat wave, let your kids cool off by eating them frozen (cut them first for little ones to avoid a choking hazard).

Is your fave place to pick blueberries not on this list? Let us know in the comments.