Community NewsEnjoying New Jersey September 6, 2022

It’s Apple Picking Season In The Garden State

The Garden State welcomes Fall!...New Jersey is home to so many orchards and it makes for a great day for the fall season. What is better than the taste of a newly picked Macintosh or a Granny Smith apple or a freshly backed hot apple pie and cider? If you are looking for some things to do in the coming weekends, here are a few orchards listed in Northern, Central & Southern New Jersey by NJ Leisure Guide that you might like to check out. If enjoying these events makes you think of relocating to Central New Jersey, I’ve got you covered…just contact me...Roslyn Sibilia at 732-995-5609 /

Northern NJ Apple Picking Farms

Alstede Farms / 84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester, New Jersey

In addition to apple picking, they offer Fall Family Fun Days Features scenic hay wagon rides to pumpkin patch. Two corn mazes. Both mazes feature corn stalks that are over 10 feet tall with pathways carved through the immense plants. The adult maze is many acres in size and contains lots of turns and intersections. The children’s maze is only one acre is size and is much easier to transverse through.

Demarest Farms / 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

In addition to apple picking, they offer pre picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, rest rooms, picnic area, face painting, birthday parties, school tours.

Hillview Farms / 223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ

A family owned and operated 53-acre farm. They offer a tractor ride to and from the apple orchard. Tractor starts around 10:00 and ends between 4:00-5:00.

Mackey’s Orchards / 284 Route 519, Belvidere, NJ

Varieties include MacIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Granny Smith, Ida Red, Cortland, and dozens more.. Central NJ Apple Picking Farms

Melick’s Orchards / 472 Route 513, Califon, NJ

Pick your own Fuji, Honey Crisp and Gala apples as well as Asian pears every day 9-5

Phillips Farms / 564 Millford-Warren Glen Road, Milford, NJ

A family-owned farm situated along the scenic Delaware River in the rolling countryside of Holland Township; offers pick your own apple and peach picking.

Riamede Farm /  122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ

Open daily in September and October; 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. They have 34 varieties of apples ranging from traditional classics to heirloom specialties to modern favorites. The early apple varieties begin to ripen the first week of September when we open for our pick your own apple season. Pick your own apples in a scenic old orchard. Take a free haywagon ride on weekends through the orchards out to the patch. Find a new apple favorite amongst our 34 varieties of traditional, heirloom and modern apple varieties, sold by the pound. Be tempted by fresh pressed cider, local honey, old fashioned jams, and warm cider donuts. Take home some gourds and Indian corn. And mostly, enjoy a country day and the fall colors at our 68 acre 250 year old farm, kept simple, authentic and without the carnival.

Ripple Hill Farm / 181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ

Starting in early September, they are open to the public on Sundays from 12-4pm for pick-your-own apples as well as a farm stand with fresh, picked-that-morning produce. They offer varieties of apples including Macintosh and Gala, while Granny Smith and Stayman Winesaps are available later in the season. Please check their website to confirm dates & times.

Stony Hill Farm Market & Gardens / 15 North Road 8 Route 24, Chester, NJ

Saturdays & Sundays 10AM-5PM. In addition to apple picking, they offer a Maze Fun Park and lots of activities for kids, families, and groups.

Sun High Orchard / 19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ

In addition to apple picking they offer a “Kiddie Corn Pit Play Area” – a giant corn filled sand box for ages 1-6, and other children’s activities including a Rope Maze, a Tile Maze, a Pipe Maze, and a Kiddie Hay Maze. and their friendly animals. Their alpaca “Jersey Gold” and mini donkey “Jessica” are always looking to make new friends. Please call ahead to confirm picking times & dates

Tree-Licious Orchards / 135 Karrville Road, Port Murray, NJ

Featuring over 130 acres of fresh fruits, pumpkin picking, berry picking, apple picking, peach picking, private tours, corporate events, farm wedding, farm to table dinners and fun for the whole family. Moreover, the property where Treelicious Orchard resides has been an operating farm for more than 200 years.

Valley Crest Farm & Preserve / 14 Allerton Road, Lebanon, NJ

Pick you own hours are 9am- 4pm daily and until 6pm on Wednesdays. Weekend hours are Saturdays from 9am- 4pm and Sundays from 10am- 6pm. Apple picking runs from August through November. They offer a variety of apples including Ginger Gold, three types of Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Pink Lady, Cameo, Honey crisp, Granny Smith and more.

Wrightman’s Farms / 1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ

They are open for picking on Fridays , Saturdays, and Sundays

Central NJ Apple Picking Farms

Battleview Orchards / 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ

Pick your own family farm with a country store and excellent bake goods.

Bonacorsi Family Farm / 1137 Croton Road, Flemington, NJ

They offer over 60 varieties of apples. Please visit their website to confirm fall apple picking dates.

Eastmont Orchards / 321 County Road 537, Colts Neck, NJ

Early-September Honeycrisp, McIntosh; Mid-September to Mid-October Cameo, Cortland, Crispin, Empire, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonathan, McCoun, Red Delicious, Spartan; Mid-October to Closing Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Rome, Stayman Winesap, Yellow Newtown Pippen

Giamarese Farm / 155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ

Open early July to September, for pick your own apples, nectarines and peaches.

Lee Turkey Farm / 201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, NJ

54 acres nestled in the arms of suburbia. Hundreds of fruit trees and acres of vegetables all yours for the picking. The picking/market hours are from 9:00am till 6:00pm begonning about the 2nd week in July. You must be at the farm no later than 5:15pm to enter the fields and orchards. Offers pick your own Apples, Peaches, and pumpkins

Terhune Orchards / 13 Van Kirk Road, Princeton, NJ

Fall Family Fun Weekends Enjoy a day of family fun on the farm! What better way to celebrate fall than with Pick-Your-Own Apples! Enjoy pony rides, wagon rides, visit the Corn Stalk Maze, the Barn of Legends and Lore, and our barnyard of farm animals. Don’t worry about lunch, there’s lots of food available – soup, chili, hot dogs, pies, apple cider donuts, apple cider, and more! Terhune Orchards features live music played by some of our best local talent, (between noon and 4pm). No admission. Parking is at the farm.

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market / 519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ

A family owned farm. They offer U-pick Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins. U-pick strawberries start the berry picking in late May. Blueberry picking traditionally starts in late June, followed by blackberries later in the summer. Apples and pumpkins are available for picking from mid-September through October.

Southern NJ Apple Picking Farms

Haynicz’s Orchardview Farm / corner of Buck and Elk road (Rt 553 and Rt 538), Monroeville, New Jersey

Theyhave pick your own strawberries, peaches, apples, collards and pumpkins in season.

Hill Creek Farms / 1631 Route 45, Mullica Hill, NJ  

They grow three varieties on dwarfing rootstock including; Cameo, Jonagold, and The Autumn Rose Fuji apples. In addition to apple picking they offer a snack and refreshment stand, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, and school tours.

Johnson’s Corner Farm / 133 Church Rd., Medford, NJ

Offers pick ypur own apples, peaches and pumpkin picking. Visit their Animal Farm, which now includes an obstacle course. The Animal Farm is bursting with many animals to feed along with a pipe slide, wacky bridge, rope maze, balance beam, and tire climb! Enjoy our furry animals in a picturesque farm setting with utilities to feed them safely through our feeding tubes and to wash-up afterwards at our hand washing stations. There is also the Discovery Barnyard This is a Fun-filled and secure area designed for Families with young children. The Discovery Barnyard is brimming with age appropriate climbing structures, shaded eating area, small animal barnyard, and our very popular pedal go-carts. Click this link for a full explanation, and check out our photo gallery of fun! On those hot summer days, cool off at our farm market with a delicious Ice Cream cone, thick Milkshake, or refreshing Italian Ice, and enjoy it while sitting under the shade of our sycamore trees or our tented picnic area.

Mood’s Farm Market / 901 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill, NJ

They also have an Apple Festival on Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:00am – 4:00pm. The festival kicks off with the interactive story of Johnny Appleseed at 10:00. The Donut Eating Contests will follow at 10:30. The winner receives a cash prize and a bag of donuts. There is one adult contest and two kids contests.

Strawberry Hill Farm / Corner of Waln & Ellisdale Road, Chesterfield, NJ

Golden Delicious, Gala, Empire, and Macintosh apples available