Pick your own pumpkins
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Pumpkin season is finally here and heading outdoors is a relatively safe activity for your family.  Get out your pumpkin pie recipes and jack o’lantern-carving tools and head to one of these farms for pick your own pumpkins, farm animals, hayrides and corn mazes! One note: Before you pile everyone into the car, call ahead to find out exactly what you can pick that day and if any details have changed, and make sure to call ahead to check for COVID rules and requirements.

Atlantic

R & J Farm
723 W. Herschel St., Galloway Twp.
609-593-6180
Take their hayride out to the pumpkin patch, and find the perfect pumpkin for every family member. Their one mile corn maze, jumping pad, and farm stand are sure to keep your family entertained. They aren’t currently requiring advanced reservations, but they do request that guests plan their visits around peak hours. Avoiding the weekend afternoon rush will help their small staff manage visitor capacity. Keep in mind that lines for the hayride and other attractions may be longer than usual.

Sahl’s Father Son Farm
420 W. Pestalozzi St., Galloway Twp.
609-965-9300
This adorable farm in Galloway is perfect for young families. The corn maze is a fun challenge, and a great backdrop for family photos. If you’re an animal lover, you can feed the furry friends on the property.

Bergen

Abma’s Farm
700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
201-891-0278
Abma’s Farm has a ton of activities this fall. From weekly Scarecrow Making classes to hayrides and pumpkin picking. To ensure safety for all guests, Abma’s Farm is requiring all patrons to purchase a ticket in order to enter the farm. This will maintain a safe capacity on the premises. Additionally, no outside food or drink, smoking, or pets of any kind are allowed on the farm.

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
201-666-0472
At Demarest Farms this fall you can find plenty of farm fresh food in their Farm Store. Pick apples while they’re still in season, and pick your pumpkins too! For the month of October, Demarest Farms is hosting movie nights. Watch your favorite spooky flicks from Beetlejuice to Monsters Inc. No need to pack snacks, because there’s a concession stand too. In addition to NJ’s COVID procedures, Demarest Farms requires all visitors to reserve a ticket online. The store is also only accepting credit card purchases at this time. 

Lupardi’s Nursery
75 Blanch Ave., Closter
201-768-0017
Lupardi’s Nursery offers a variety of landscaping services, but most importantly they have pumpkins!

Secor Farms
85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
201-529-2595
Although this year might be a little bit different, Secor Farms is doing everything it can to keep its guests happy and safe. Instead of a hayride, there will be the Walk to the Patch Pumpkin Picking between September 14th and October 31st. You can also check out the market for delicious fall treats. Make sure to socially distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently when you visit Secor Farms.

Burlington

Indian Acres Tree Farm
111 Tuckerton Rd., Medford
609-953-0087
Get your tickets now to the Park N’ Pick event at Johnson Locust Hall Farm. Your reservation will get your family a time-slot to explore the sunflower field, corn maze, apple orchard, and, of course, the pumpkin patch.

Taylor Riverside Farm
5 Taylor’s Ln., Cinnaminson
856-829-4992
At this gorgeous farm, which sits near the Delaware River, you can pick your own flowers and buy beautiful fresh produce. Visit the farm stand to buy pumpkins, squash, peppers, and whatever else is in season. The Wildlife Preserve has just reopened, so all guests are welcome to walk the trails. Make sure to wear masks on the trails as well as at the farm stand.

Camden

Springdale Farms
1638 South Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
856-424-8674

Essex

Fairfield Farms & Greenhouses
177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield
973-227-1011

Fairfield Farms will be open for all of their “fun in the field” activities throughout the fall. Stop by to pick pumpkins, go for a hayride, find your way through the corn maze and the rope maze, and feed farm animals.

Gloucester

Duffield’s Farm Market
280 Chapel Heights Rd., Sewell
856-589-7090
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Duffield’s Farm Market. You can even rent a hayride for your friends and family. You can also get lost in the corn maze, or have fun at the barnyard express.

Maugeri Farms
1991 Oldmans Creek Rd., Swedesboro
856-294-9900

Mood’s Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
856-478-2500
Throughout the month of October, Mood’s Farm Market will have plenty of pumpkins to pick. 

Hunterdon

Melick’s Town Farm
472 County Rd. 513, Califon
908-832-2905
At Melick’s Town Farm there is plenty of pick-your-own produce to choose from. This fall, you can pick apples and pumpkins at the peak of the season. This farm has shorter trees to make it easier for all family members to be a part of the fun.

Schaefer Farms
1051 County Rd. 523, Flemington
908-782-2705

September Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

October Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 am-10 pm, Sunday 10 am-9 pm

Schaefer Farms has an endless supply of harvest and Halloween-themed activities. By Day events include hayrides, pumpkin picking, mazes, and feeding farm animals. By Night events, running from 7 pm to 10 pm, are much spookier! The Hayride of Horror, the Trail of Terror, the Massacre Maize, and the Carnival Chaos all open on October 3rd.

To maintain health and safety standards at Schaefer Farms, they require that you comply with mask-wearing and social distancing policies as well as frequent hand washing at their sanitizing stations. 

Mercer

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310

Hours: 9 am-6 pm daily (farm store)

Terhune Orchards is hosting Family Fun Fall Weekends every weekend from 10 am to 5 pm through November 1st. Festivities will include live music, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a hay bale maze, hippity hop corral, duckie races, and so much more!

In order to attend Family Fun Fall Weekends, Terhune Orchards requires all of its guests to reserve their tickets in advance. Patrons are not allowed to bring animals, food or drink, or alcohol to the premises, and if you are sick you will not be permitted to enter the orchard. In addition to limiting capacity via advanced reservations, there will be sanitizer stations throughout the property and employees will be regularly cleaning high-contact surfaces.

Middlesex

Cheesequake Farms
2095 US Highway 9, Old Bridge
732-721-5728

October Hours: 9 am-6 pm every day

November Hours: 9 am-5 pm every day

Cheesequake Farms will have a variety of fall options this season. Guests can enjoy the hayrides, pumpkin picking, and the corn maze during the day. If you’re looking for something spookier, stop by at night to play Zombie Zone Paintball!

Make sure to reserve all tickets in advance to limit the exchange of money at the Farms. Guests are asked to use the sanitizer stations frequently and to be patient with the staff as they adapt to new circumstances and procedures.

Giamarese Farm
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
732-821-9494

Hours: 10 am-6 pm every day (store)

Fall Harvest Weekends at Giamarese Farm and Orchards are kicking off strong this fall. The hayride tours of the property, huge pumpkin patch, and the corn maze give your family plenty to do. Tuesday to Sunday you can pick your own apples from 9 am to 6 pm. 

Giamarese Farm and Orchards have added hand cleansing stations around the property, and capacity is limited to four people at a time in the farm store and in the greenhouse. 

Stults Farm
146 Cranbury Neck Rd., Plainsboro
609-799-2523

Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Head over to Stults Farm to peruse their wide variety of fresh produce. At Stults, they only sell the crops that they grow themselves. Before heading home, take fun family photos with their hay bales outside.

VonThun Farms
519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction
732-329-8656

Hours: 10 am-6 pm every day

Pick your own apples and pumpkins at VonThun Farms’ Monmouth Junction location. Their u-pick options are open from 10 am to 5 pm every day. You can also get tickets to their Fall Fun Weekends which will include a corn cannon, a pumpkin blaster, pony rides, and more!

Although they aren’t required, the VonThun Farms staff highly recommends purchasing tickets online. This will limit capacity and reduce contact from payment transactions. Hand washing areas will be located throughout, and the employees will be cleaning high-contact areas during the day. 

Monmouth

A. Casola Farms
178 Highway 34 and Schanck Rd., Holmdel
732-332-1533

Hours: 8 am-7 pm

Have fun on Casola Farms’ hayride, and pick the best pumpkins in the patch. Hayrides are open from 8 am to 7 pm every day until October 31st, and you can visit the farm animals from 8 am to 6 pm every day. If that’s not your style, then take a stroll through the corn maze, or watch Cowboy Larry’s Wild West Show, exclusively on weekend afternoons in October. 

Seating is limited for weekend shows, and all guests are required to wear masks and social distance whenever possible. 

Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
732-462-0756

Hours: 9 am-6 pm daily, closed on Tuesdays

After you pick your own apples and pumpkins, stop by Battleview Orchards’ country store for fresh-baked pies, apple cider donuts, and fresh-pressed apple cider. 

Strollers will not be allowed in the country store, and there may be extended lines and wait times to get into the orchards and the store. The staff will do their best to ensure that the store and orchard capacities do not exceed an unsafe level. 

Eastmont Orchards
181 County Rd. 537 E., Colts Neck
732-542-5404

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-6 pm

Eastmont Orchards has over 9 different types of apples that are in season right now! You can also take a look at their variety of shapes and sizes of pumpkins.

Eastmont Orchards asks all of its guests to leave excess bags at home, and to limit the size of your group. The employees ask that you do not eat the produce while you are still in the orchards and that you refrain from picnicking. The team members at Eastmont will continue to clean high-contact surfaces throughout the day and will ensure that the orchards do not exceed capacity. 

Happy Day Farm
77 Iron Ore Rd., Manalapan Twp.
732-977-3607

October Hours: Friday to Sunday 10 am-5 pm (last entry at 4 pm)

Until October 25th, Happy Day Farm is hosting its Farm Festival and Pumpkin Picking event. There are over thirty different activities included in the ticket price, including a corn maze, giant Jenga, and pumpkin bowling. There will also be a concession stand for you to fuel up after picking pumpkins. 

Visitors are required to purchase tickets online in order to regulate capacity. There are no pets and no outside food or drink allowed on the farm. Added handwashing stations and cleaning procedures have been added to keep all guests and employees safe.

Wemrock Orchards
100 Wemrock Rd., Freehold
732-431-2668

Hours: 9 am-6 pm daily

Visit the Wemrock Orchards country store for Jersey Fresh produce and fresh apple cider. Pumpkin picking will be open on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm. A fifteen-minute hayride, a 5-acre corn maze, and the munchkin fun patch will all be open to the public. The bakery is stock full of delicious fall goodies like apple cider donuts, pecan pies, pound cakes, and turnovers.

Morris

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-258-6245

Hours: 9 am-6 pm every day

Explore this beautiful farm and its three mazes. Kids can play on the hay pyramid or in the pumpkin patch. Pick your own hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily. Access to the pumpkin patch includes the corn maze, the sunflower maze, and the evergreen maze. 

This year, Alstede Farms requires you to purchase a pick-your-own ticket in advance. Your ticket will assign you a time slot, so be sure to show up at your allotted time. Wagon rides will likely have a long line due to lower capacity, hand sanitizer will be provided at multiple locations, and guests are asked not to eat produce in the orchard itself. 

Conklin Farm U-Pick
65 River Rd., Montville
973-400-9460

Hours: Weekdays 12 pm-6 pm, Weekends 10 am-6 pm

Enjoy fresh baked goods and hot cider as you search the pumpkin patch. Peruse the newly harvested produce in the farm market, and don’t forget to take a picture with Conklin Farm’s signature red pick-up truck. There will be fresh donuts available every weekend.

Guests will have a two-hour time slot to explore Conklin Farm. Outside refreshments, picnics, and pets will not be permitted. 

Hamilton Farms
130 Old Denville Rd., Boonton Twp.
973-334-6528

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette
908-647-0957

Hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily (fields close at 5 pm)

It’s prime apple and pumpkin picking season at Hillview Farms. Stop by to get your fill of seasonal, locally grown produce and natural raw honey. 

Ort Farms
25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley
908-876-3351

Hours: Monday to Saturday 8 am-7 pm, Sundays 8 am-6 pm

Ort Farms is kicking off its Fall Festival for the 2020 season. After picking pumpkins, your kids can play on hay bales, see some friendly farm animals, take a hayride, or get lost in the corn maze. On weekends, you can even take a pony ride, a train ride, or a monster truck ride!

Without reserving tickets in advance, the team at Ort Farms cannot promise that you will be admitted into the farm. 

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester
908-879-5353

Hours: 9 am-4:30 pm daily

The pumpkin patch and hayride at Riamede Farm has just opened. Your perfect pumpkin is waiting there for you, still on the vine. Stop by the farm store before you go to pick up some locally grown produce and fresh-baked confections.

There may be extended lines to get into the farm store and onto the hayride due to lower capacity limits. All Riamede team members are screened daily, and cleaning procedures are more robust and more frequent. 

Stony Hill Farm
15 North Rd., Chester
908-879-2696

Hours: 10 am-6 pm daily, Maze Park and U-Pic 10 am-5 pm

Visit the Stony Hill Farm Market, Maze Fun Park, and U-Pick this fall. The Maze Park and U-Pick are open for you and family to explore.

Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
973-584-4734

Wightman Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown
973-425-9819

Ocean

Argos Farm
1250 Lacey Rd., Forked River
609-693-3513

Emery’s Farm
346 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt
609-758-8514

Hallock’s U-Pick Farm
38 Fischer Rd., New Egypt
609-758-8847

Passaic

Farms View
945 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne
973-839-1212

Salem

The McCann Farm
1065 Aura Rd., Monroeville
856-881-7775

Somerset

Doyle’s Unami Farms
771 Mill Ln., Hillsborough
908-369-3187

Hillsboro Farm Country Market
219 Hillsborough Rd., Hillsborough
908-500-0803

Norz Hill Farm & Market
120 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough
908-371-2697

Snyder’s Farm
586 S. Middlebush Rd., Somerset
732-496-0441

Sussex

Heaven Hill Farm
451 Rte. 94, Vernon
973-764-5144

Ideal Farm and Garden
222 Rte. 15, Lafayette
973-579-3893

Pochuck Valley Farms
962 Rte. 517, Glenwood
973-764-4732

Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 Rte. 206 N., Andover
973-579-5055

Warren

Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
908-852-9122

Longmeadow Farm
561 Blairstown Rd. (County Rd. 121), Hope
908-459-5351

Tree-Licious Orchards
135 Karrville Rd., Port Murray
908-852-7191

Out-of-State Farms

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Ln., Warwick, New York
845-986-1591

Decker Farm
435 Richmond Hill Rd., Staten Island, New York
718-351-1611

SugarTown Strawberries
650 Sugartown Rd., Malvern Pennsylvania
610-647-0711