“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” — Luther Burbank
What flower represents summer better than the sunflower? Many farms across the state grow these beautiful, tall, fragrant flowers that you can pick to put in a vase, make into an arrangement or dry into potpourri. Or, take your family to a great sunflower festival packed with activities for children, sunflower mazes and even more opportunities to cut your own stems.
Alan’s Flower Farm
120 Sykesville Road, Chesterfield
609-234-5630 or 609-668-1405
Alan’s Flower Farm currently owns 165 acres, and 125 of these acres are devoted to growing annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and woodies for cut flower production. Their most popular items are mixed bouquets, dahlias, sunflowers, eucalyptus, asters, cockscombs, sweet william and lisianthus.
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
Alstede Farms has sunflowers and zinnias in its fields, and also all kinds of vegetables and fruits for you to pick yourself. Visit the “what can I pick today” page to see what crops are currently available for picking.
1250 Lacey Road, Forked River
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 4 – 20
Come for the sunflowers, stay for the live music, tasty treats, farm fun activities and more during the weekend Sunflower Festivals.
178 Highway 34 and Schanck Rd., Holmdel
September 17 – October
There is not a PYO field, but there is a sunflower maze on weekends in September and October, along with hayrides and petting zoos for the family.
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro
August 30 – late September
Dalton Farms is a 99-acre family-owned and run with ties to the farm extending back to 1790. Dalton Farms decided to take a leap of faith and planted 1.2 million sunflowers of all varieties and the first Dalton Farms Sunflower Festival was born in 2019.
Emery’s Berry Farm
346 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt
Fall Fun on the Farm includes the Sunflower Patch, hayrides, the Treasure Hunt Corn Maze, farm animals and pumpkins.
Happy Day Farm
106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan
July 8 – August 6
Happy Day Farms sell everything from pumpkins to blueberries, with sunflowers in the summer. Bring your own cutting shears and a bucket of water to transport your sunflowers home. Or, cutting shears are available with a $10 refundable deposit. All purchases on site are cash only. This year, Happy Day Farms’ sister farm will not be opened due to the lack of rain, but Happy Day Farms will have sunflower and zinnia picking in the summer.
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. 2023 farm season highlights include live music at The Loft; kids’ activities, including moon bounce, barrel train rides, gem mining and a playground; photo ops around the farm; local wine, small bites, food trucks, ice cream and freshly baked apple cider donuts.
Holland Ridge Farms
86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge
Known for their massive tulip festival in the spring, the farm will be bursting with sunflowers in September. Their fall flower festival featuring sunflowers, gladiolus, dahlias, lilies, and calla lilies reopens in September.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Road, Medford
Mid-September (weekends only)
The Sunflower Celebration is a fun-filled experience with a wagon ride, pictures in the sunflower maze and flower picking. Take a wagon ride to the maze or stroll around the fields. At the end of the maze, pick a few flowers to remember your night at farm.
Johnson Locust Hall Farm
2691 Monmouth Road, Jobstown
The summer season at the farm is filled with great activities for everyone. Peaches, sunflowers, field flowers and blackberries are ready. Reservations are needed for the Park & Pick event, which provides access to the farm’s grounds. On July 22, enjoy Christmas in July with Virtua providing sunset hayrides to the picking fields, live music, food trucks, and Tomasello Winery Tasting Room; all proceeds donated to the NICU & Special Care Nursery.
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor
In season right now are sunflowers, plus peaches, nectarines, apples, sweet corn, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and zinnias.
251 High St. (Rte. 94 South), Newton
From Sept. 16 to Oct. 29, there will be different live band and food trucks each weekend, along with the popular 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, u-pick pumpkins and the seasonal sunflower field. Lentini also operates five farm stands, three of which are full-service markets. There’s also a haunted hayride and nighttime terror activities closer to Halloween.
Across from Pop’s Farm Market and Garden Center, 238 Station Rd., Monroe Twp.
Pick your own pumpkins and the corn maze are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 15 to Oct. 29. There is also a hayride, bounce house, sunflower picking, kids’ activities, a picnic grove and a farm market.
101 Route 645, Sandyston
Aug. 23 – Sept. 17
Celebrate the 13th anniversary of the first sunflower maze in NJ. From Aug. 27 – Sept. 19, visit daily from 9 am – 7 pm. Full Bloom Weekend is the first week of September.
Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Road, Oldwick
July – September
Melick’s Town Farm rotates wonderful fruits and flowers, which attracts lovely pollinators such as butterflies. They charge per stem if you want to choose your own flowers, but they do offer pre-made bouquets. Currently only the Oldwick Farm Market is open to shop for spring flowers, vegetable plants, apples, cider, hard cider and wine, the other locations will reopen soon.
25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley
Mid-July to end of August
In the heart of summer, pick your own sunflowers and other garden flowers. The Flowerfest Sunflowers and U-Pick will be Aug. 19 – Sept. 17. Every Monday in July head over to enjoy Mommy & Me – Summer Fun; each week is a different activity.
R & J Farm
723 W. Herschel St., Galloway Twp.
September 17 – late October
There are cute photo prop areas to take lots of great selfies in the fields. Admission includes a hayride and one sunflower that you pick yourself; you can cut more flowers
for an additional cost. The season varies each year.
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester
August 1 – November 22
Riamede offers apple picking (51 varieties), pumpkin picking (on the vine), and you-pick sunflowers and zinnias, as well as you-pick winter veggies and tomatoes. On weekends, the hayrides and all farm activities and you-pick areas are included in the admission price, as well as a picking bag and use of the red wagons and cutting shears. Follow on Facebook for updates.
Stony Hill Farms Sunflower Festival
8 Route 24 (Route 513), Chester
August 5 – 27
Aside from getting lost in 2.5 acres of 50,000 beautiful sunflowers, enjoy photo opps, live music, food, homemade ice cream, wagon rides, trike rides, a tile maze, a barnyard board game and Noah’s Ark Playground during Stony Hill Farms’ weekend Sunflower Festivals. There is also the option to visit the farm on weekdays for pick-your-own flowers. Tickets are $9.99 plus tax to enter the farm and receive one flower; any additional flowers must be purchased. Clippers and water are provided.
Sunset Flower Farm
550 Hands Mill Rd., Belleplain
Mid-Summer to September
The working flower farm blooms from May through August with peonies, sunflowers, hydrangeas and a variety of summer annuals. Flowers are usually harvested in the early morning or late evening to ensure freshness. They are currently closed to the public until their sunflower fields open in September.
Sussex County Sunflower Maze
Liberty Farm, 101 County Rd. 645, Branchville (Sandyston)
Mid-August to September
Sunflowers bloom at the farm later in the season, so check their Facebook page for information on the maze that should be ready in August.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
This farm is a popular destination, where visitors can experience their 250 acres of land perfect for the pick-your-own season, featuring sunflowers, apple picking, live music and wine tasting. The schedule is filled with other other pick-your-own produce and flowers available during the summer.
438 Route 57, Washington Twp.
Weekday and weekend admission includes access to the New Jersey Sunflower Trail, photo op areas, the farm animal barnyard and a hayride around the farm, as well as admission to the picking fields. You must purchase a container for picking. Pick sunflowers, other flowers and peaches. Enjoy face painting plus rotating food and craft beer vendors on the weekends. Stop by on Aug. 5 and 6 for the third annual Sunflowers & Food Truck Festival. From 10 am – 5 pm at the Washington Twp. location, come for the sunflowers but stay for gourmet food trucks, live music, activities and more fun.
120 Bassett Road, Mannington
July – October
Ward’s Farm is a certified organic cut flower farm with sustainable agriculture practices that was established in 2012, specializing in sunflowers and dahlias. In 2019, the farm officially opened to the public for events, with the most popular being PYO sunflowers and pumpkins. This year BYOB date nights and picnic days will return for couples and friends where they can pick their own sunflowers and wildflowers.
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